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!


Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Lori
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Super great idea. Are these really weaker hoses you put on the straw bales? Or do they spray - would that be enought water for the plants? I just love this idea.

    • Debbie Harris
      on Dec 14, 2018

      They are called soaker hoses. You can get them anywhere and the water just sweats out of them into the soil. It was really interesting and a lot of fun.

  • 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.

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  • Lovesunique
    on Jul 27, 2018

    Those "crows" are the only crows I would want in my garden! Super cute idea.

  • Garfie
    on Mar 17, 2019

    I, also, do hay bale gardening. Since starting this type of growing, I have had much more success than with dirt gardening. Last harvest, I got 100 lbs. sweet potatoes from the small amount of heirlooms I planted. Add to that the fact that much of the previous year's crop remained unharvested. I assumed the growth left behind would freeze off, die off, and contribute to the composting process. Boy, was I wrong. Besides getting a lot of potatoes, their size came into play. On average, a single sweet potato weighed between 4.25 # to 8.0#. One tater made a casserole for 6 people. I also grew some "circus" sweet potatoes. You know, the freak show variety. One potato was a triple tuber on a single neck/stem which was about 1" in diameter. The triple tater's total weight was 28.6 pounds. Several smaller taters weighed in at 6 - 8.4 pounds a piece. Needless to say, I was proud of those potatoes. Contributing to the success of last season's garden was I only plant heirloom varieties and I only use composed hay. One month before planting season, I clean rake the hay and place it for planting. I fertilize it with a broadcast of 10-10-10. (Why? That's what the pecan trees must have to produce larger nuts.) I won't ever go back to dirt gardening. I no longer get dirty, I don't have to crawl around on the ground, and when the potatoes are ready, I don't have to dig them. I simply get hold of one vine and pull. Up, out of the hay pops orangish, clean potatoes with flavor you can taste the moment they're out of the ground. I am elderly and hay bale gardening has made it possible for me to continue gardening. I love the projects I find online at HomeTalk and Pinterest. WHENEVER I FIGURE OUT HOW TO POST PICTURES FROM MY CELL PHONE TO HOMETAKE, I HAVE POTATOES PICTURES TO SHARE.

    • Michelle
      on Aug 25, 2019

      What does it mean to ‘clean rake’ the hay? How do you do that if it is in bales? This is so interesting ... would love to see your set up when you master the picture thing. Great story! —Michelle

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