gardening in straw bales - Knowledgebase Question

Clarksburg, We
Question by acsb51
February 18, 2011
I heard it is possible to grow veggies & flower in straw bales alone. I'd like to try it. What do I do?


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Answer from NGA
February 18, 2011

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Straw bales are essentially big containers, you should be able to grow any type of vegetable (except perhaps corn), and most any annual or herbacious perennial in your straw bales. Simply hollow out a planting spot and set your little transplants into the hole. Be sure to water them well to help them settle in after planting. Since the plant roots can't spread very far to seek moisture and nutrients, you'll need to keep an eye on moisture levels and any sign of deficiency, such as yellowing leaves. I'd feed with a water soluable fertilizer such as Miracle Gro. Hope you have a great harvest!

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