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Old 05-23-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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If you don't want to grow edibles in them, cannas are fantastic in them! And you don't need to break your back digging them up at the end of the season. Just pull them out of the straw -- easy peasey! I masked my compost bins with these a couple years ago.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:46 PM
 
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These gardening photos are great. You are all very creative. TinaMcG, I really like the flowers in that straw bale. I like how the straw is elevated to give the area a natural landscape.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:24 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Very pretty!

I found this blog a while back; she really made a nice garden with her bales.

The Dirt I Occupy: The Amazing Straw Bale Garden

Makes my row of bales along the fence look very...plain.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter, Wis
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Quick update on my Straw Bale endeavor. Found out mushrooms really do well. If only they were edible. Book says "do not eat them". Maybe someone can figure a way to grow edible mushrooms.

Beans, peas, lettuce, radishes, beets, carrots, are sprouting. Strawberry plants are really doing well. I have 2 tomatoe plants in one bale, doing well.
But the mushrooms are raising havoc. More in some bales than others.
Had to cover plants last night due to frost warnings.

Had wood stove going yesterday morning and this morning. Wood heat feels good.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:43 PM
 
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Very pretty!

I found this blog a while back; she really made a nice garden with her bales.

The Dirt I Occupy: The Amazing Straw Bale Garden

Makes my row of bales along the fence look very...plain.
Wow wow wow! That is some straw bale garden!!!! I've often thought of making a maze with them. We sure have the room, but the distance to the nearest hose bib is a setback. Pain in the neck to water.

Chiro, you wait until yours are grown in and then tell me they look plain!
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Quick update on my Straw Bale endeavor. Found out mushrooms really do well. If only they were edible. Book says "do not eat them". Maybe someone can figure a way to grow edible mushrooms.

Beans, peas, lettuce, radishes, beets, carrots, are sprouting. Strawberry plants are really doing well. I have 2 tomatoe plants in one bale, doing well.
But the mushrooms are raising havoc. More in some bales than others.
Had to cover plants last night due to frost warnings.

Had wood stove going yesterday morning and this morning. Wood heat feels good.
SportFury, my mother and father-in-law were knowledgeable wild mushroom foragers and my FIL grew (edible...) 'shrooms under their bed for a couple of years. Anyway as far as I know mushrooms are a sign of healthy bales and it's OK to either leave them or weed them out. I had a few mushrooms too.

Lack of foresight: I didn't realise what a long, long shadow my neighbor's 100 ft tall ash tree cast. So direct sun doesn't start hitting my bales until about 11 am, then the trees on my property start filtering the sun by 4-5 pm. But it is still "bright shade" so I think it's fine.

Twelve days after planting. We're still having some cool cloudy days (this is May in Michigan, after all) and some overnight temps down in the high 30s/low 40s (ditto) but nothing has died yet, everything is growing and we've got some hot, sunny days in the forecast.

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Old 05-31-2013, 12:53 AM
 
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Looking good, Chiroptera!
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:17 AM
 
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I didn't do anything fancy with the layout; just placed them in a line along a portion of fence where they'll get full sun and I will have easy watering access.
Hopefully I'll be planting my veggies next weekend as long as the weather forecast is nice!
I'll update this thread periodically with pics.


Great thread, please post more pictures Thank you
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:15 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I'll take more photos tomorrow!

Each of my okra plants died. I had two in a huge planter, and two in a bale. Actually one of the ones in the bales might still make it but it's still puny and struggling. I've never planted okra in my life, so maybe they're a special-needs veggie. Need to research. They were very tiny, just-sprouted seedlings with only two leaves. Maybe I should have left them in the pots for more hardening-off time.

However everything else is growing well, although the basil is getting some dark spots on the lower leaves. Tomatoes and bush beans are going nuts, the lone eggplant is about to flower and the cilantro is getting bushy.

We've been having sun mixed with wild wet weather, including a tornado that came down about a half mile from my house on Tuesday night and took out a lot of buildings and trees. Not optimal sun exposure for sure.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: :0)1 CORINTHIANS,13*"KYRIE, ELEISON!"*"CHRISTE, ELEISON" KYRIE, ELEISON!"0)
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Wink Pictures please, thanks. Just a reminder.

Do not forget the promise about the pictures

By the way, the bales are actually on the outside of your fenced yard, right? Because you said the dogs
in the back yard are yours, right? So, have the neighbors complained about seeing the bales there? As
they walk by...

Is it hard to obtain organic bales? Many thanks


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I'll take more photos tomorrow!

Each of my okra plants died. I had two in a huge planter, and two in a bale. Actually one of the ones in the bales might still make it but it's still puny and struggling. I've never planted okra in my life, so maybe they're a special-needs veggie. Need to research. They were very tiny, just-sprouted seedlings with only two leaves. Maybe I should have left them in the pots for more hardening-off time.

However everything else is growing well, although the basil is getting some dark spots on the lower leaves. Tomatoes and bush beans are going nuts, the lone eggplant is about to flower and the cilantro is getting bushy.

We've been having sun mixed with wild wet weather, including a tornado that came down about a half mile from my house on Tuesday night and took out a lot of buildings and trees. Not optimal sun exposure for sure.
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