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Nontraditional gardening
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mark    Posted 02-03-2005 at 10:30:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Read an interesting article about using
square straw or grass hay bales for gardening
instead of the traditional method. According to
the article it's a better way to garden if you
can't, or have trouble, bending or kneeling.

If you use commercial fertilizers it's a 10 day
process to prepare the bale using water,
ammonium nitrate and 13-13-13 fertilizer.

If you prefer a more organic method,
spread composted manure over windrows
prior to baling. Once the bales are made you
just add water when your ready to start.

For seeds put about three inches of soil on
top of the bale to hold the seeds and for live
plants just tuck them into the bale up to their
first set of leaves.

deadcarp-greenhouse    Posted 02-03-2005 at 12:32:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
now that's a good idea - i was gonna use old tires but burned them - i mean mine were were recycled last summer. :) here's a reusable 8x12 greenhouse frame. just cover it with a plastic tarp/duct tape.

mark - another    Posted 02-03-2005 at 12:50:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
good, inexpensive way but it's kind of low is to
use those 16' cattle panels of welded wire.
Those also work good for keeping vine type
veggies within easy reach with little or no
stooping. Arc them to the height you want and
bury the ends 6 - 8" in the ground. Plant the
veggies next to the buried ends and train the
vines to creep over the arc. Some stuff you
pick from on top and some stuff like cukes
hang underneath.

Darryl - MO    Posted 02-03-2005 at 16:33:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Mark, I've used that cattle panel method for the past few years for pole beans and I really like it. Just walk under the arch and do the pickin'. I guess I'll have to try it for cucumbers and other vining-type vegetables. Also, the area under the arch can be used to extend the growing time for lettuce and other cool-weather plants. The shade helps to slow the bolting process as the weather heats up. The only thing I do differently is to put in two short posts on each end of the arch and wire the panel to the posts at ground level. Saves digging and I guess technically the panel will last a little longer by not being buried in the ground.


mark    Posted 02-03-2005 at 17:00:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
never even occured to me to try lettuce or other
things under it, but I will this year - thanks for
the idea.

I had thought about staking them as you do
but with the winds we get around here I just
figured it was better to really anchor them
down. Once the vines work their way around it
really makes a good sail.

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