Straw Bale Garden Update, and Some Garden Cuteness

Here's an update for my "Straw Bale Garden" adventure. My support poles have gone in and been drilled, two rows of vine wires installed, soaker hoses installed and staked, A fun little project was making the Garden stakes. bales conditioned and ready to plant. Tomorrow I put up the bird netting and plastic sheeting to protect the plants and seeds. Getting ready to plant on Wednesday I think! Come check out my blog post to see the details and follow along.
Fun garden stakes I made with laser cut-outs and pine stakes.
Support poles for vines wire and plastic sheeting.
Soaker hoses installed and tested. I'm ready to plant. Check out my blog post for more detailed information.

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Debbie Harris

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • Lori
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Yes I typed in soaker hoses. Darn spell check. What I was asking was they appear to be on the straw bales not the ground. Is that enough water for the plants? Super great idea and I LOVE your markers. Putting that on my honey do list.

    • Debbie Harris
      on Feb 26, 2019

      If your garden area is in a lot of shade, consider what to plant. There are some things that do well in the shade, or with less sun. I planted sweet potatoes at the end of my driveway in an area that was about 6 feet square and it didn't get much sun during the day, maybe about 3 hours. I had enough sweet potatoes to feed an army out of that area and I'd never attempted to grow them before. So trial and error. Can't hurt to try! I wish I had a flat area to garden but my property is all on a hill.

  • Jennifer
    on Dec 29, 2019

    I am a bit confused - you say your planting in bails of straw or hay but I also see lots of bags of potting soil and garden soil. What are they for? Also where is your blog?

    • Debbie Harris
      on Dec 30, 2019

      You plant specifically in bales of straw. You put soil on top of the bales. Then you either plant your seeds or your plants in that soil. The straw holds the water for longer periods of time and keeps your plants from ever drowning, while storing water for the use of the plant as needed. It was a very successful garden project.

  • Carolyn hunt
    on Apr 29, 2020

    How did you condition the bales.Also what are the black posts beyond the wooden support posts? They look almost like black strapping in your photos. Photos of the plastic threaded between the wire would be helpful. Thanks

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