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 Responses to Straw Bale Gardening

  1. 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

  2. Anonymous says:

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

  3. Anonymous says:

    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?

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