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The bales get very heavy - if they were in old wheel barrows or something they might be more portable - that would be kind of an interesting idea too. If one of the bales gets bugs or is not getting enough or too much sun you could move it. Hmmmmm.
The greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc) are all growing nicely as are the green and wax beans that are now 2" tall!
I am going to plant the next planting of beans next weekend on the other half of each bale so that I have a spread out harvest.
Do a search online for "straw bale gardening" and you will get plenty of info and ideas. I used straw to cut down on the weeds that hay delivers. I soaked the bales three days in a row, then every other day for a week. You add some organic "foods" to start the composting process - as the bale breaks down it feeds the plants.
I will be posting more pics later this week - the green and was beans have grown to 2" plus, and I will be planting a second 'harvest' on the other half of those bales this week. The lettuce and kale and spinach bales are doing great as are the rest of the garden.
So nice to have fresh veggies that will not kill you with pesticides.
Have you started new plants yet?
If you check my pictures on "My Little garden, help" there is a long stretch of not so pretty stuff that grows lots of grass where I am trying to grow plants. Take a look , do you think bales
Would hostas do well in them? (I would have to put the bale in the shade..,) but for other plants, like lilies, impatiens??etc?
I would love to try hostas in my straw bales - too warm for them in Florida but I do love them. Most any plant will do well in straw bales, you just need to be sure to pre-treat them before planting for the first time, and keep them watered - they will dry out just like any other 'pot' of soil. Remember that the straw bales will deteriorate over time, so whatever you plant in them will need to eventually be replanted.
As to your question about how they would look, I wish you had attached a photo - I am short on time today and have not searched the site for you photo. I always say 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' - if you like the look - fantastic, if no, you can always break the straw bales down and use them as a thick mulch that can be dug into the soil in the fall to enrich the dirt.
The garden looks great - and yes, I can see some straw bales along the neighbor's porch (blue house) and perhaps to help establish the 'boarder' along the back. It would be great if you can catch some rain water to help with watering -it really helps when dry out - in Florida we are very dry right now - all my captured water is used up now - but I know we will have more soon!
I also noted that you plan moon flowers - when I was a kid I used to plant what we called Moon Lilly - large deep green leaves, with big white 'trumpets' that came out in the evening. They had big seed pods that looked like a prickly sea creature - round and covered in spines.
If that is what you have, I would love a few seeds sent to me.
You have a good eye on plant placement - I think you would love trying the straw bales - you could even break a few apart to use as mulch - the acidity does seem to keep the unwanted plants at bay - give it a try - just be sure to get straw, not hay. (hay contains too many weed seeds).