Straw Bale Gardening in the Middle of Clarendon

Since this post gets a significant number of hits from around the world as spring comes, I decided to reblog it to up its profile and give people the information as they begin to think of gardening–at least in the northern hemisphere! Happy reading.

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Yesterday, Plot Against Hunger had its garden tour and one of the plots I was really interested in seeing was the one at Clarendon Presbyterian Church.  Last year, Clarendon started a garden for Plot with raised beds and it yielded quite a lot of poundage for AFAC.  This year, they expanded their square footage for planting using straw bales.

This view shows squash planted in the bales, which are placed next to the raised bed. This view shows squash planted in the bales, which are placed next to the raised bed.

Gillian Burgess was the driver behind the straw bale idea, simply because she wanted to try something different.  She had seen an article in the New York Times about using straw as a growing medium and her fellow gardeners were willing to try it.  In a nutshell, what you need for this kind of gardening is a bale of straw, a fertilizer or manure, and water.  Place the bale where you’ll want it to be…

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