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#1 jtrojek OFFLINE  

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Posted May 02, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Has anyone here ever tried a straw bale vegetable garden before?  I was going to put in raised vegetable gardens for this year, but I did a little research into straw bale gardens and thought I'd give them a try.  There seems to be a number of advantages to them.  We'll see how it goes.  It doesn't sound like a well known idea, but it does sound like it may work well, definitely worth a shot anyway.  This weekend I laid the bales out, getting them ready.  It was nice that I could put them just about anywhere, thereby not using a bunch of real estate where the kids play.  I may move a few bales around yet to better spots as I'm not planting for a few weeks yet.  We'll see how this grand experiment goes, but I do have high hopes....

 

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Posted May 02, 2016 - 11:29 AM

I did one some years back..most productive easily maintained garden I ever had..potatoes come out perfectly round ..plant it somewhere out of the way though..clean up after the season can be a job.


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Posted May 02, 2016 - 11:35 AM

Lots of info on google about this, but most seem to utilize lots of added fertilizer. I have used a modified method called "Hugelkulture", but the results are not all in on it's efficiency. I'm hoping to get some raised beds going this year using straw and Hugelkulture theory in combination. Will be watching your posts to see how your project pans out, and I'll try to add my results when/if this project here gets going if you don't mind me tagging along.
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Posted May 02, 2016 - 11:51 AM

That's funny, we decided to do a straw bale garden this year as well. The ground at our place is clay/shale and I didn't have time to get the ground prepared. So had to go to plan B. We are doing a combination of square foot garden using the straw bale method.
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Posted May 02, 2016 - 11:53 AM

My wife did one a couple years ago.  The deer really appreciated they didn't have to reach down as far to feed, the rabbits not so much.


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Posted May 02, 2016 - 01:44 PM

Never seen that before, would mice and other rodents be attacked to the straw ?

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Posted May 02, 2016 - 01:48 PM

Never seen that before, would mice and other rodents be attacked to the straw ?

Noel.

I never had a problem with them when I had mine.


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Posted May 02, 2016 - 02:56 PM

I can see where that would allow a garden to be put in earlier, in a cold climate. It looks expensive to me. The 8 bales of hay would be about $50 around here. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 02, 2016 - 05:10 PM

Never seen that before, would mice and other rodents be attacked to the straw ?

Noel.

I have mulched my garden with straw in the past and I did have issues with rodents. The first year it was really effective at keeping the weeds down though, so I tried it again. The second time around, the guy I got the straw from must have been having issues with his combine, because I ended up with a fine crop of wheat growing up between my rows of vegetables. I am still on the fence wether to do it again this year or not.

 

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Posted May 02, 2016 - 05:42 PM

I can see where that would allow a garden to be put in earlier, in a cold climate. It looks expensive to me. The 8 bales of hay would be about $50 around here. Good Luck, Rick

They work better the 2nd and 3rd year you use them..I didn't know that and I cleaned all mine up after the first use and a guy took them home and used them another 2 years..


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Posted May 02, 2016 - 05:44 PM

Also if you can find hay that has gotten wet you can get it cheap or free.


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Posted May 02, 2016 - 07:58 PM

  we're doing it this yr w/ our carrots. Cutting the slots to fill w/ dirt was a b!tch. Tried the sawzall, chain saw and finally used the edger on the Mantis to get a start and then my single bit axe to cut down into the bale. If I do it next yr I'll cut the slots when they're dry w/ the chain saw and stick 1x8's or 1x10's in the slots before I start cooking them, then pull them out and fill w/ dirt.

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Posted May 02, 2016 - 08:17 PM

  we're doing it this yr w/ our carrots. Cutting the slots to fill w/ dirt was a b!tch. Tried the sawzall, chain saw and finally used the edger on the Mantis to get a start and then my single bit axe to cut down into the bale. If I do it next yr I'll cut the slots when they're dry w/ the chain saw and stick 1x8's or 1x10's in the slots before I start cooking them, then pull them out and fill w/ dirt.

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Yea I did it with my electric chainsaw..can be a pain on tight bales..also drill some holes in some PVC and shove it through them..hook a hose pipe to it for easy watering from the roots up.


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 05:06 PM

Straw bale garden is coming along. We have learned some lessons along the way, things that we'll do differently next year. No weeds, but a lot of mushrooms though. Anyway, we're happy with the results so far. Want to put in a drip line next year, among other changes.

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Posted July 10, 2016 - 05:46 PM

Looking pretty good there sir, your idea works.  :thumbs:  






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