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Straw bale gardens continued

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at 1:07 PM

Cherokee2 and I just discussed his straw bale method and certain adaptations I was considering by placing them 'in' the ground a few inches, or as deep as I can get. He does not consider any other bale beside wheat straw because of the lack of weed seeds and pointed out that what it might be missing in nutrients can be easily added. He liked the combined idea well enough to try some as well.

My soil on this hill goes from loose loam to clay and rock within a few inches depth. Because of this and the angle of the yard, water does not stay in the soil long. Grassy weeds barely survive, so you can guess what veggies and flowers are up against.

Deb & Melissa used to make fun of my grassy weed lawn but after a few dry summers, I think they accept that this is the best way to keep it green. When we tried planting 'real' grass, it only survived if we watered it extensively and when we stopped, it died. No fun in that, so I let the weeds take over the lawn and fight them in my gardens. Besides, I have found some interesting weeds.

The more I think of the new bale gardens, I have to fight the urge to get out there and start now! Lunch is over so I really need to get back to business, but...... at least I wrote about them.

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ARe those plugs available through local sources or mail-order? I see them advertised in magazines but don't recall seeing them in a garden center.

I am comfortable with weeds since we rarely use the grass area for anything but mowing. That is one reason I also like to make garden beds. Only one small section is flat enough for us to use for outdoor games. (When our daughter was at home)

BUT when we want to sell the house, others might want to see more real grass. I will check it out.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 8:23 AM

Steve, a few years back I had a problem lawn and went with zoysa plugs. They worked very well. You might consider them. It's a very hardy grass.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 8:22 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.