How to Start a Straw Bale Garden

| 12/21/2015 3:51:00 PM

James Whitestraw bale gardening

If your homestead includes a pasture to support larger livestock like sheep, goats and cows, you might be considering harvesting and baling your own hay to support these animals during the winter. You can also bale your own straw so you have a constant supply of fresh bedding for your barnyard friends. Baling your own straw and hay is a great investment in the long run.

If you’re like most people, though, you may find that you have more bales of straw than you know what to do with after a while. Fortunately, from decorations to construction, there are many uses for straw bales. One of the best ways to recycle your unused straw, though, is to start a straw bale garden.

What Is a Straw Bale Garden?

A compact, rectangular bale of straw can be used as a cheap and convenient planter for vegetable plants and flowers. Straw bales can be easily set up anywhere thanks to their light weight, and it’s much quicker to set up a straw bale garden than to dig new garden beds, especially in areas with heavy clay or rocky soils.

Best of all, the hollow straw stems act as a wonderful insulator that allows your straw bale garden soil to warm quickly in the spring. You can get an early start on planting without worrying about freezing and thawing soil. Straw bales also drain well because they are above ground level, making them an ideal spring planter.

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