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Strawbale garden
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deadcarp    Posted 02-04-2005 at 23:24:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
i saw that thing on strawbale gardening- they just left the bale intact & made a hole for the couple potted plants in the top. i finnagle a few bales around & you'll see me trying that. perfect height for a wheelchair garden. i'm thinkin tomatoes & cukes. scatter marigolds(4 the bugs)& radishes(4 the gardener). :)


Fern(Mi)    Posted 02-05-2005 at 07:50:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC:
You have to keep us posted as to how all this works out.
I just hates (besides mud) being left up in the air over matters of this kind. (grin)
LOL
Fernan


Hollie    Posted 02-05-2005 at 04:48:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
And the perfect hight for kids....that sounds like a great idea...it would be cleaner than letting them dig in the dirt...easy to move if i had too...um...i'm gonna try that..now what do ya do again? to get it ready? thanks.........!


deadcarp    Posted 02-05-2005 at 06:27:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
somebody last week mentioned scattering sand & fertilizer on the bale - this outfit claims you don't need it. i would imagine once the bale got routinely wet, the bottom would start mulching itself some heat. it would get moldy too - but not up top. way cheaper than all that topsoil/prep/weeds. :)


Linda/Utah    Posted 02-05-2005 at 01:27:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a great idea, DC. I think tomatoes would do well.

Here's a link to a book you might like. It's really a good one. Our local library bought it, so I know it's available via interlibrary loan, too.

I did a quick search on Amazon using wheelchair garden and they came up with several books on the subject.

I once tried mulching my garden with about 18 inches of straw - not scattered, but solid flakes of straw. Summer temperatures of over 100 degrees and I only had to water my garden once a week. With the ground staying cooler and moister, the earthworms were working away all summer and the garden did great. Very few weeds, either.

The older I get the more I appreciate raised beds. I have a small raised bed near the front of the house where I raise herbs for cooking each summer, plus a couple of tomato plants. It helps to be able to sit and weed. I don't think I could do much weeding down on my knees anymore.

I would be interested to know how the project goes for you.




grandma    Posted 02-05-2005 at 00:13:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What a great idea.I was thinking of putting in raised beds this year for several reasons. This old back and knees don't cotten to gardening much. Also in this whole plot there is no plain dirt,all sand and rock. Any place I want to plant I have to have to buy top soil, which acording to the price these days is half gold, and raised beds would take a ton. ( It really galls me to have to buy dirt) I wonder how moles like straw. At the moment they are holding a convention in my side yard. or someone is playing war games. Slugs are a problem here too, they like anything, love slug bait. Would like to hear anythng else you learn.


JoeK    Posted 02-05-2005 at 04:49:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not a big gardener but slugs supposedly love beer.I believe you're supposed to sink paper cups in soil to ground level and just pour some cheap beer in em.Slugs come fer the beer,fall in and expire.Seriously. Elderly neighbor used to make tobacco "tea" by simmering cig butts in water and use it as a spray for some pests too.Would be a weak"aconitine" poison.

Couple folks I know use the Square Foot Gardening system with raised beds.Librarys and bookstores usually have the inventors(Mel Bartholomew)books.System uses 4x4 foot raised beds with soil/mulch,so you're never kneeling or strainin to reach as everything is within reach and light handwork.....impressed me.


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