Does Straw Bale Gardening Really Work?

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.

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Meet the Dan behind Dan330. He started a Pinterest account in December 2011 while off on a leave from his day job as a captain on an Airbus A330. While traveling the world, Dan practiced his longtime hobby of photography and developed his eye for natural beauty and appreciation of great photography. Continuing his love of exploration and great pictures, Dan added Pinterest to his daily routine; especially during the long Minnesota winters. His eye for great photography was recognized by the Pinterest community and in just under one year, Dan330 had attracted over one million followers. Dan and his wife Laurie have three children, seven grandchildren and two grand puppies. When not pinning, Dan loves to travel and participate in just about any outdoor activity. There are a few exceptions to this, but to find out what they are you have to go to the Dan330 board dedicated to “Things he won’t do”.