Perhaps it’s just straw bales from 2013 resurfacing for a final breath. But, it seems me there’s chatter going on about the easy simplicity, dare I say stellar gardening-ness, of growing a vegetable garden out from the innards of pale yellow straw bales.
Imagine Creating a Straw Bale Garden
We’ll move them into the garden.
Where do you want them, Mom?
Over there, Son. Put them in nice tight long rows so it can feel like Halloween all year.
Clad in denim and plaid, we’ll stride along side our Oktoberfest rows like we’re set up for a hoe-down. With gloved hands (straw can be sharp!) we’ll pry apart the centers of the bales, one by one, pack a little soil in there, and a plant.
We’ll water and watch them grow.
The decomposition going on inside the bales is nothing short of garden-science spectacular. Micro-organisms and all that good stuff. The straw heats up, breaks down and creates a little growable haven for your plant’s roots. Tomatoes seem to like straw bales. Or so I read.
Time to Bale Out
A Gardener’s Dream or Nightmare?
A few questions naturally start running through my mind like a NASDAQ ticker tape.
- How will we guard against the ever disintegrating cubic garden pots?
- How will we keep mold from infecting the plants?
- How will we keep the bales from getting too hot in the 100-plus July heat?
It doesn’t matter!
Straw bale gardening is the Bomb: No digging. No bending. Who cares if your bales spontaneously explode in July. Celebrate it with a BBQ and Friends, like it’s part of your Independence Day. Who will be the wiser? (Besides, it sounds like a good dowsing from a fire hose is beneficial to straw bale gardening.)
I can hear Linus saying, “Straw bale gardening is the Charlie Browniest!”
Straw Bale: What’s It Good For
Footnote: Absolutely no disrespect is intended toward the "inventor" of straw bale gardening or to anyone who is reaping the harvest of growing in bales. This writing is pure opinion, not rooted in "scientific" fact.