All Things Gardening forum: Anyone tries Strawbale planters?

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Apr 10, 2013 4:39 AM CST
https://www.google.com/search?q=straw+bale+planters&hl=en&tb...
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 10, 2013 4:41 PM CST
I've tried it a couple of times, but it never worked out well for me. But certainly a lot of people swear by the technique. I came across a news article about it just the other day, but I can't seem to track it down. I'll look a bit further and let you know if I find it.

Ah, here it is!:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/garden/grasping-at-straw-a...
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 10, 2013 4:55 PM CST
Woofie,thanks I forwarded the article to my GF.I doubt it will work for her.She lost enthusiasm when I told her how heavy the bales are.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 10, 2013 5:00 PM CST
Actually, straw isn't all that heavy when it's dry. Not sure just what they weigh, but even I can move straw bales around, and I have trouble moving bags of dog food!. Hay, now, is another story!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 11, 2013 3:19 AM CST
Hummmmm.She might just be able to do it then.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 11, 2013 10:05 AM CST
I asked DH what he thought a bale of straw weighs (he's in charge of the hay and straw here), and he thinks about 35 lbs, which sounds about right to me. Once they get wet, though, it's a whole 'nother story!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 11, 2013 10:07 AM CST
I told GF they weighed 60 pounds.
I was a kid helping my grandfather summers on his dairy farm.They seemed that heavy to a 12 year old.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 11, 2013 12:11 PM CST
Of course, a lot depends on the size of the bale, too. Our hay bales vary from 65-70 lbs all the way up to 125 lbs. But straw is a LOT lighter! He didn't think they'd weigh over 40 lbs. Heh heh, one easy way to find out: go where they sell them and try to pick one up!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

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