Straw bale gardening is a gardening technique perfected by Joel Karsten where the bales acts as natural containers for your plants. They’re like growbags at a. Straw Bale Gardening is quite simply the easiest way to grow great edibles. Straw Bale Gardens – Joel Karsten (BOOK, available through J Karsten’s website) . So I called up Joel Karsten, author of Straw Bale Gardens, and lead Karsten argues that straw is an ideal “container” for growing vegetables.
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Faced with the expense OK, and effort of building raised beds, I decided instead to go cheap and easy: And as the insides of the bales decompose, they provide a rich medium for vegetable growth. You can put together a straw bale garden right on your lawn, your driveway oh yes, your neighbors will love you or anywhere that gets at least six to eight hours of joe.
Remember, straw is easiest to come by in the fall. Before you set up your bales, lay down landscape fabric to prevent weeds from growing up through the bales. Arrange the bales side by side in rows, with their cut sides up. The strings that bind the bales should run across the sides, not across the planting surface.
The strings will help keep the shape of the bales as they start to soften and decompose. Two weeks before you plant, you have to get the bales cooking.
This means wetting and fertilizing the bales for roughly 10 days to start composting the inner straw. For the first six days, put down 3 cups of organic fertilizer per bale every other day, and water the bales to push the fertilizer down and thoroughly kwrsten the straw. On the off days, simply water the bales. Days 7 through 9, lay down 1. One of the coolest things about straw bale gardening is that it combines the best of container gardening with vertical gardening. Karsten recommends erecting seven-foot-tall posts at the end of each row of bales, and running wire between them at intervals of 10 inches from the tops of the bales.
How to Build a Straw Bale Garden
As your seeds sprout, you can use the bottom wire to drape a plastic tarp to create an instant greenhouse for those chilly early-season nights. And as the plants begin to grow, the wire works like a vertical trellis, supporting your cucumbers, squash and assorted viney vegetables. If your bales start to sprout what looks like grass, you can beat back the Chia pet effect by washing the sprouts with diluted vinegar. Your email address will not be published.
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Here’s how to build a straw bale garden. Position your bales Before you set up your bales, lay down landscape fabric to prevent weeds from growing up through the bales. Condition the bales Two weeks before you plant, you have to get the bales cooking.
Build a trellis and greenhouse in one One of the coolest things about straw bale gardening is that it combines the best of container gardening with vertical gardening. Sign up for your Modern Farmer Weekly Newsletter.
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