1st June 2016In The GardenStephanie Donaldson

Rebuilding the vegetable backyard occurred to coincide with the arrival of a guide about straw bale gardens, so when I discovered myself with a mattress missing in ample soil it appeared a great alternative to experiment with the method. The plan is to get a crop off the bales and are available subsequent autumn they’ll have decomposed down and the mattress shall be stuffed with beautiful friable ex-straw bale. In my innocence I assumed that you just put them in place, gave them a little bit of a water, allow them to begin the method of composting and hey presto they may very well be planted. Seems they want ‘curing’ over 2 weeks, so don’t plan to go away throughout this time as each day motion is required.

raised beds

straw bale gardening

I purchased the straw bales from a neighborhood feed service provider in early April and put them in place however then coated them with a tarpaulin as I didn’t need them to start out composting earlier than it was heat sufficient to plant them.

straw bales

tarpaulin over bales

Originally of Might I began the ‘curing’ by soaking the bales on someday and ‘feeding’ them with fish, blood and bonemeal on the second day, repeating this course of for 10 days, after which I gave a ultimate feed of a excessive potash natural fertiliser.

soaking the bales

wetting the straw

By this time it was starting to warmth up, peaking as you may see at a moderately spectacular 143deg F. I stored it coated with cardboard till the temperature had began to drop and when it bought to 80deg. I planted my courgettes and squashes. I’ll replace you on the way it goes – up to now the crops look very joyful and don’t look like cooking!

temperature showing 143 fahrenheit

courgettes planted


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