In the spring I wrote about my new gardening adventure, using a straw bale.  I had never heard of planting in a straw bale.  My friend brought the straw bales to my house for me and we got them in place.  I had to “condition” them to be ready for planting.  After about 10 days of conditioning, I planted my spring/summer veggie garden.  I planted tomatoes, corn, cucumber, squash, mint and bell peppers.  Much to my surprise, everything grew!  I did harvest one ear of corn.  I probably wouldn’t plant that again.  My cherry tomatoes did great.  The regular tomatoes didn’t fare as well.  Loved my mint!  I have had a handful of bell peppers and the squash is amazing.  This is a great option if you don’t have soil to plant in or your soil isn’t so great.  I will definitely try this again next year!

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8 Responses to Blog: Straw Bale Gardening – update

  1. Alison Skier says:

    This is SO COOL! I just looked it up and may add a few bales to my raised beds and containers. Lovely page too Kim! 😉

  2. Carole L Bremer says:

    That looks so cool, Kim. I wonder if it would work for me on my patio as I am an apartment dweller. May have to give it a try.

  3. Donna says:

    We looked into it and went with raised beds instead. Gardening in North Carolina is not as much fun or fruitful as gardening in Ohio where they have real dirt!

  4. Clare says:

    Wow, Kim…that is really cool!

  5. Janice Phillips says:

    How interesting!

  6. Lindie says:

    I have done straw bale gardening too. I planted carrots, stevia, tomatoes, peppers, and other herbs. It worked out well. You can use the bales for two years. Glad your “garden” worked out well for you.

  7. ANN says:

    I’ve seen that done but haven tried it myself since we have plenty of room for garden. We do have raised beds which is great on the back

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