Straw Bale Gardening, Step-by-Step

Just follow these simple instructions…and you’re gardening!

  1. Purchase rectangular straw bales (approximately 2′ x 3′).

  2. Be sure they’re straw and not hay…or you’ll be growing whatever is in that hay along with what you intended to grow.

  3. Leave the strings on your straw bales.

  4. Place bales in sunny spot.

  5. Stand bales “on end” so that strings go all the way around bales (as opposed to string on one side laying on the ground).

  6. Soak bales with water at least two times prior to planting. Several or more times would even be better.

  7. Dig 6″ x 6″ holes in top of bales (four per bale).

  8. Add potting soil to your holes.

  9. Plant your seeds or plants.

  10. Water as needed.Fertilize every 2-3 weeks.  

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