Did you know you could garden without soil?10 tips to straw bale gardening


6. Vegetables to avoid
Top heavy plants like corn are best to leave for in-ground gardens. As plants grow taller they can topple over, especially as the bales weaken as they break down. Plants with perennial roots — rhubarb, raspberries — should be avoided as well. They dislike needing to be transplanted every year into new bales.
7. Keep well watered
Straw bales will dry out quickly, so make sure to water regularly. Soaked hose or drip irrigation draped across the top of the bales will save you a great deal of time spent on watering as well as providing adequate moisture for plants.
8. Mushrooms
Mushrooms are a sign that your straw bale garden is growing well, and the bales are decomposing slowly, as they should. You can pick them off and discard them if desired but refrain from eating them as they can potentially be dangerous.
9. Fertilizer
Straw bales contain no nutrients of their own, so it is important to fertilize them regularly. Add a water soluble fertilizer source every two weeks after planting and then weekly once plants begin to bear fruit.

10. Compost
By the end of the growing season, the bales should have broken down into a rich mound of compost. You can scatter this compost around your flowerbeds and other garden areas or leave it to break down further over the winter before spreading it.
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