|Soak Straw Bales before planting.|
It isn't just mulch happening in the gardens. We are experimenting for the first time with straw bale gardening. I have five bales set and curing. Waiting for that perfect moment to plant. When is that? I don’t know yet.
According the YouTube experts, straw bales must be watered heavily for a week or so. Then they have a time that they heat up in something similar to a composting process. Then they cool down. That is when you plant. I used to have a soil thermometer. Used to. Can’t find it. Big surprise there. I’m guessing and using the touch method.
Once the bales seem like they’re ready, I’ll spread some compost over the top and water it in. Then I will plug plants in and hope for the best. I’m really hoping this works. If it does I’ll be jumping up and down with glee if I don’t have to get on my hands and knees to harvest sweet potatoes and bush beans. I have no problem with the getting down part; it is the getting back up part that is the challenge.
We will keep you posted on our progress.
Photo by Julie McMurchie. Copyright 2014, all rights reserved.