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Information on Straw Bale Gardening

If you are interested in straw bale gardening, then first of all you should know that it is a bit more difficult than regular gardening. However if you are up for the extra bit of a challenge, then straw bale gardening can really be a lot of fun. Straw bale gardening is a gardening method which produces good-looking, healthy plants without weeds, and it is especially convenient for those people who do not have a large plot of ground to till.

Getting Started

The first thing you are going to need to do here is prepare your bales. It typically takes about ten days to properly prepare your bales. The first three days you need to spend watering the bales thoroughly. The next two days you need to sprinkle the bales with ˝ cup of ammonium nitrate, per bale per day, and make sure that you water it well into the bales.

For days seven to nine you want to cut the amount back to Ľ cup of the ammonium nitrate per bale per day, but continue to make sure that you water it in well. Then for day ten you want to stop using the ammonium nitrate but instead add 1 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer per bale and water it in well. Day eleven is when you want to transplant your plants into the bales and you want to be sure to place the plant down to its first leaf and then close the crack back together as best you can.

The next step in straw bale gardening is to actually start your garden. You can start your garden with seeds, as long as you use some topsoil on top of the bales, but it is recommended that you transplant all of your vegetables from flats and trays, of which you can purchase at any of your local nurseries.

If you decide to have more than one row of bales, then you want to make sure that you put them wide enough apart that your lawnmower will be able to get in between them. As well, the bales will start to sprout wheat or oat straw, but this is no big deal, and all you have to do is whack the grass off with a knife if it gets to be too much for you.

Straw bale gardening can be really fun and enjoyable, if you know what you are doing, and so if you are a beginner, just try to make yourself as informed and knowledgeable on this style of gardening before trying it for yourself, just so that you won’t have too many troubles and so that you can get the best results possible.

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