Straw Bale Gardening

Looking for a new way to make your garden more productive? Try straw bale gardening.
Here's how it works. Purchase straw bales (not hay) and condition them with water and fertilizer for two weeks. During the conditioning the inside of the bale starts to decompose. Plant seedlings directly into the bale. When the season is over cut the twine on the bale and you have more compost! To see more go to: and don't forget to follow us on Hometalk!
Use straw bales, not hay bales.
Condition your bales with water and fertilizer for two weeks.
Plant directly into the bale after it is conditioned.
This works well with strawberries and peppers too!
Stick your tomato cage right into the bale.
Beautiful crop.

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

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  • Paige Paige on Apr 06, 2016
    Will this work with pine straw bales?


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  • Jeri Harrison-Grace Jeri Harrison-Grace on Apr 23, 2014
    IS this a good idea for us brown thumbs as well?

  • MamaBear MamaBear on Nov 03, 2014
    Dan, The first photo in your post of the bales pre-conditioning is being used without permission. I know this because that is my garden. Please remove it from your post or contact me to go through the proper method of using copyrighted material. Thanks!