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Straw Bale Garden Trellis Tips


Best selling author Joel Karsten gives us tips for setting up your straw bale garden and trellis. For the blog article and video by Joel go to: http://livedan330.com/2014/06/28/straw-bale-gardening-trellis-wires-joel-karsten/
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Close up of wire trellis structure over bales.
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More of the structure with plants growing through it.
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This is Joel's garden in Roseville, MN. Here you can see the full design with fence posts at the end of the straw bale rows, wire for the trellis and a 2 X 4 between the posts for spacing.

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3 questions
  • Lynn
    on Jul 5, 2016

    Do you plant your plants right into the bales?

    • Dan330
      on Jul 5, 2016

      yes - The bales should be conditioned first. That is a couple of week process of watering and fertilizing the bales. The straw breaks down in the composting process.

    • Lynn
      on Jul 5, 2016

      thank you Dan330

    • Susan case
      on Jul 10, 2016

      What vegetables can you grow in straw bales? Looks a brilliant idea to me

    • Bar7776578
      on Jul 10, 2016

      Any annual vegetable or flower. Just not corn. You compost the bales at the end of the garden season and put new ones in the spring. I love this type of gardening.

    • Mar10015601
      on Sep 27, 2016

      Absolutely neat really.

  • PAM6237301
    on Sep 21, 2016

    Are the roots in the dirt under the bale of straw? Do you hollow out an area for it to grow up and out of?

    • Dan330
      on Sep 23, 2016

      Hi Pam, The plants grow in the straw. The bale are conditioned before planting. Basically the straw is decomposing an becoming dirt from the inside where the plants roots are. We have a whole series on straw bale gardening at dan330.com. We describe step by step how to do all this.

    • PAM6237301
      on Sep 23, 2016

      Thanks.

  • Rhonda Pennick
    on Dec 27, 2016

    what is the purpose of the wood or 2x4's on top and how do you attach them to the t stakes? thanks :)

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Dec 27, 2016

      Maybe the wood is for looks?

    • Rhonda Pennick
      on Dec 27, 2016

      Lol it says for spacing but I don't get it

    • Linda Snow Dunton
      on May 10, 2017

      you need the wood between the stakes to keep the wire from pulling the stakes in towards each other

    • Lynne Webb
      on Sep 13, 2017

      Good thought. Because I had cukes attaching themselves to everything after they'd ascended to the top of a chicken wire covered ladder for that purpose. Tomatoes also did some 'reaching out'. So, yes, the weight of the vines and fruit would pull those fence posts in.

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  • Rhonda Pennick
    on Dec 27, 2016

    i set mine up with the t stakes holding the 5 bales snug and i am letting them set over winter for spring planting. but i dont understand why or know how to attach the wood on the top. thank you for your advice.

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