Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: So, does anyone 'straw bale garden'?

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Name: Tracy
Azalea Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Vegetable Grower Farmer Dog Lover Organic Gardener
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tracerracer
Feb 14, 2013 8:29 PM CST
I have been 'straw bale gardening my vegetables goin' on 5 yrs now and love it ,,,,,,,,,,, I leave enough room between rows to mow and pullin' weeds has never been easier..... I've found my bales for this yr ( finding GOOD straw in my part of the state is tough ( unless, of course, you don't mind payin' 16.00 a bale Blinking ! Yikes! I pay about 3.00 for big 4' bales)... I've got some pictures from past gardens

Took some pictures last yr at the 'start' ...... I 'weave' soaker hoses on the bales and use old short pieces to 'bridge' the rows
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This is from 2010, didn't like the 's' formation, was forever having to 'circle' around to get to the other side, the pink flagging on top are my 'plant markers' ( married to a forestor, we have LOTS of flagging Big Grin )


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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 14, 2013 9:13 PM CST
Tracy, I've seen this before, if I had more space I'd do this! Very cool, and the flagging is good too! nodding
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Feb 14, 2013 9:17 PM CST
$3 per bale ... it must be great to live in the real world!

Our local "farm coo-op" mostly sells cutesy yuppie chatchkas at brain-damaging prices.

If you ask them for the price list of the big bags in the WAREHOUSE, the prices are merely high.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 14, 2013 9:19 PM CST
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Name: Tracy
Azalea Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Vegetable Grower Farmer Dog Lover Organic Gardener
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tracerracer
Feb 14, 2013 11:18 PM CST
RickCorey said:$3 per bale ... it must be great to live in the real world!

Our local "farm coo-op" mostly sells cutesy yuppie chatchkas at brain-damaging prices.

If you ask them for the price list of the big bags in the WAREHOUSE, the prices are merely high.


Someone posted $3 bales from Whidbey island (sp?) in January on craigslist........ ( does that help?) They had a 20 bale minimum ( but, that would mean the ferry wouldn't it, and, having less than zero 'knowledge' of what THAT entails................... never mind Rolling my eyes. )

I only looked because I'm curious, the different 'normals', even here in Oregon, fascinate me............. Moved here from South central OR, and in some things, it might as well been the moon Confused Hilarious! .............. first time I ever heard of fillin' out an application to see a 'regular' Dr.... Really? wow

When I first REALLY researched straw bale gardening, I ran across a thread in a North Carolina forum of sorts ( really COOL forum thread LOTS of pictures Big Grin ) Anyway.............. They were talkin' about the 'different' kinds of straw to use and what NOT to use............. One of those was 'pine straw' Confused ............... I joined so I could ask the question.......... "We have pine trees, pine nuts, pine CONES and I have asked many 'old timers' that have looked at me like I'm crazy, what on earth is pine STRAW? LOL...................... Turns out, there is such a 'thing', used for landscaping............. Who'd'a thunk? Rolling my eyes.
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Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 14, 2013 11:21 PM CST
Never heard of it! That's funny! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Feb 15, 2013 1:00 PM CST
I was also puzzled when I first saw it, even though I raked up a mountain of pine needles as a kid.

But eventually I learned:
pine STRAW = pine needles

I wonder if "rotten" straw bales would work?

I wonder if those huge circular bales would work, and how you would get at plants in the center.
Name: Tracy
Azalea Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Vegetable Grower Farmer Dog Lover Organic Gardener
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tracerracer
Feb 15, 2013 3:41 PM CST
RickCorey said:I was also puzzled when I first saw it, even though I raked up a mountain of pine needles as a kid.

But eventually I learned:
pine STRAW = pine needles

I wonder if "rotten" straw bales would work?

I wonder if those huge circular bales would work, and how you would get at plants in the center.


'Rotten' bales is what you want nodding .... The reason I'm goin' to get my bales now, is to 'cook' 'em before planting time... I have 'eyeballed' those big 'uns myself, BUT, bein' 5' 3/16" (every little bit counts! Big Grin ) I haven't gone further than that... Do you know if I can post a link to that other thread? He explains it in detail very well (with LOTS of pictures, yay).......... If I can I will.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Feb 15, 2013 4:18 PM CST
>> Do you know if I can post a link to that other thread?

Sure, just copy the URL of the other thread from your browser's "go-bar" and paste it into your post. Like this:

The thread "Composting" in Soil and Compost forum

or you can click on the "Post # 360xxxx" link in the bottom of just one post, an d the link will take people to just that one post (not the whole thread).

What forum is this other thread in, and what is its name?
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Name: Tracy
Azalea Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Vegetable Grower Farmer Dog Lover Organic Gardener
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tracerracer
Feb 15, 2013 5:09 PM CST
I meant 'allowed', like the 'rules' here on this forum Smiling ...................( I know 'how' ;) )

Here it is........................ http://www.4042.com/4042forums/showthread.php?t=12405 This is the first page, there's like 60+.. Notice the 2007 'start date' .............. The one thing I am not 'convince' of is the "set out 3-4 weeks ahead of planting and there no need to 'cook'" ( compost with them 'intact').................. I have done this, in fact, have had them set out, in place for as long as 4 months before planting ( granted, we had a 'cold' spring') but I spent the entire 'growing season' tryin' to get my plants 'up to snuff'.............. When I have 'cooked' them, even with a 'cold' wet spring, there is no 'fist fight', like the other way............ ( and frankly, I'm not much of a 'fan' of fist fights Big Grin )
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Name: Tracy
Azalea Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Vegetable Grower Farmer Dog Lover Organic Gardener
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tracerracer
Feb 15, 2013 5:11 PM CST
Oh, almost forgot......... If you have FB, here's his page............... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Straw-Bale-Gardening-No-weedi...
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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