A creative way to extend your gardening season

March 17, 2015

Check out straw bale gardens

Could straw bales be the next hot commodity? They’ve been used for home construction for some time, and are finding favour with more and more gardeners:

  • They can be used to create temporary and portable cold frames, to extend production into shoulder seasons, as shown in this picture clipped from this Facebook page
  • They can be ‘conditioned’: composted in the middle to become growing media themselves, providing a weed-free elevated garden, as shown in this picture clipped from this website
  • After harvest, they can be broken up and worked into the soil as organic matter

If you have poor soil, limited space or a bad back, or just enjoy experimenting, consider straw bale gardening. Learn how here. You can find straw bales at your local garden center or farm supply store.

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