Straw bales - Knowledgebase Question

Bemidji, Mi
Question by mayberry
April 18, 2010
Tell me about growing vegetables in straw bales. Thanks

Answer from NGA
April 18, 2010


I know a Master Gardener who created a demonstration garden using a variety of planting methods, including straw bales. Basically, he removed some of the straw from the top center, replaced it with a mix of soil and plenty of compost. Then he planted his seeds, kept the soil moist until germination, and so on, just as if they were in the garden. Since the plant roots can't spread very far to seek moisture and nutrients, you'd have to keep an eye on moisture levels and any sign of deficiency, such as yellowing leaves. You should be able to try any type of vegetable (except perhaps corn), since the bale is just a big container. Best wishes with your new garden.

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