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gardening in garden beds made from bales.
Taller plants will need support by pushing long stakes all the way through the straw bale to make them secure.
Deep growing root crops like potatoes do well in a hay bale garden, but bear in mind you will have to break up the hay bale to
harvest the potato crop. Might be better to grow them in the final year of the bale garden, when you will be breaking it up anyway and replacing it with new bales.
The pleasure you will get from doing something a bit different in your garden combined with the benefits of not having to bend over to plant and harvest your straw bale garden and the added benefit of not having to dig, make hay bale gardening really worthwhile.
What is the best bale to grow plants in Hay bales or straw bales?
Straw consists of only the stems of the plant, and will have few seeds, hay is cheaper to buy but, will contain seeds, I have never found this a great problem. Choose tight bales securely bound with twine or wire, if possible, purchase the bales the autumn before you plant.
Maintaining planted bales.
Maintenance of garden beds made from straw and hay is easy, keep the bale garden watered during hot dry weather, a little bit of weeding and nature will do the rest. Enjoy your organic harvest and please share your straw bale gardening experiences and hay bale gardening tips with the rest of us.