I am wholeheartedly committed to growing all the fresh produce that I can this growing season. This led me on a hunt to locate ways to achieve my goal. A straw bale garden is my solution.
The four things that set me back from picking the most I can from my garden are rabbits, weeds, space and my dogs. Yep, you read that correct, my dogs. Those buggers like to steal anything they can get their paws on to eat. From the raspberries to the cucumbers.
What the dogs don’t get, the rabbits try to. They love the flowering buds, the lettuce and carrot tops.
This year’s approach is something that might surprise you, straw bale gardening! I need a little more country in this city yard and I believe this will do the trick.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing a garden plot and weeding but want to reap the rewards of fresh produce – Think outside the garden box.
I came across a lady named Ruth Temple on Flickr back in 2010 who shared her unique way of gardening. I thought it was just the solution I needed. The bales will reduce my weeding time and keep the produce off the ground for the most part, away from the critters.
You can plant anything and everything you would like with a little soil inside the bales. Ruth planted tomatoes, beans, cukes, lettuce, peppers, carrots, broccoli…I think you get the point. The process is simple!
1.) Core out a spot in the straw bales for each of your plants.
2.) Place some soil into the hole.
3.) Plant your plant.
4.) Snake a soaker hose between the rows.
5.) Sit back and watch the plants grow.
You can also add supports or teepees to the bales to vertically grow your produce, which will add even more to your yearly produce yields.