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Straw Bale Gardening

In today's New York Times:
"…Are you ready to learn about a transformative garden technology that could change your life — for less than $100? No? I wasn’t sold either when I first heard about a peculiar food-growing method called straw-bale gardening.
…a straw-bale garden is a garden that has been grown in a straw bale. Really. It was Mr. Karsten’s clever notion to condition the bale with a little fertilizer and water, creating a kind of instant compost pile. “The crust of the bale decomposes slowly,” he said. This is the vessel. The inside, which decays faster, “is our potting mix.” Stick a soaker hose on top, then plug some tomato seedlings into a hole gouged out of the straw. Time to wash the taint of barnyard off your hands: you’ve got a vegetable garden."
Article by Michael Tortortello, photo by Tracy Walsh/Poser Design
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5 comment s:

Kay L. Davies said...

Fantastic idea, Lloyd. I've been going on and on about straw-bale construction for years, with negative or no response from my husband, but this just might be the answer to my gardening desires. I like it a lot.
K

Anonymous said...

If bales of straw weren't condominiums for ticks, I'd consider it.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous..
ticks ? i was wondering about mice and other vermin?

if i try one or two of these am i likley to end up ticks and vermin?

Anonymous said...

Might interest
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Anonymous said...

well, it is getting time to think of garden stuff. thought someone might find this interesting..

http://www.urbangardensweb.com/2013/07/11/french-straw-bale-garden-grows-crops-and-flowers-on-urban-balcony/

http://www.rootsimple.com/category/gardening/vegetable-gardening/page/4/

http://www.rootsimple.com/2013/04/a-straw-bale-urinal/

http://www.rootsimple.com/2013/04/lady-urine-water-conservation-and-halfway-humanure/

http://e3liveblog.com/2013/08/09/straw-bale-gardening-grow-a-garden-almost-anywhere/

http://happyhouseandgarden.com/categories/15210/strawbale-gardening-instructions

http://littlegardenspace.blogspot.ca/2014/02/how-to-grow-fresh-onions-year-round.html

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