In late June we did an article on Straw Bale Gardening. We published it on Hometalk and it generated a lot of comments and quite a bit of skepticism. I have to confess this is NOT my garden but it is a close neighbor of mine so I have been watching the progress all Summer.
This neighbor has tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, petunias and a few other things planted in two rows of straw bales. I would like to show you some pictures that show the progress.
What do you think? Seems to have worked very well. You notice that my neighbor has a drip hose so the plants get plenty of water. That is very important with straw bale gardening. Here are some more:
Pretty cool. Here are some more pictures of my neighbors straw bale garden. She planted a few more things since I took pictures in June.
One thing I noticed was that some of the bales had really decomposed. Not all but some. I wonder if the plants will make through September? I will follow up on that later.