Straw Bale Gardening for veggies
I have decided to try gardening this year on straw bales. It will be my first vegetable garden on my own, and since we just bought the house last year, I would have had to build new raised beds or dig the whole garden on my own from scratch this year. With straw bales, I can skip all that and go straight to planting as soon as the bales have ripened. It's all an experiment so far, but I'll let you know how things go.
I also have beds in the ground for broccoli, asparagus, beets, carrots, Great Lakes head-lettuce, and Horseradish. The broccoli and lettuce were planted before I decided to try the straw bales.
On the bales, I've planted zucchini, yellow squash, peas, tomatos, bush beans, spinach, and leaf lettuce. I also will be planting several varieties of peppers as soon as some more bales ripen for them - I've started the pepper seeds indoors in peat pots so I don't have to wait for germination.
If everything goes extremely well, I should be harvesting by mid-to-late July!