straw bale garden update +

gardenlen(s/e qld aust)December 29, 2006

g'day friends,

we hope all had a very merry season and a happy new year to come.

anyhow we have added more pics of the straw garden to date plus some general shots around the garden environ'.

we hope you get the time to look and enjoy as we enjoy the giving.

straw bale garden

len

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nightingalemom

Great pictures - what a terrific project! Amazing what you've managed in a limited space (and with clever re-use of water)...

:o)

    Bookmark   January 1, 2007 at 11:43PM
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pablo_nh(z4/5 NH)

Great stuff Len! I was involved in a thread on the soil forum (I think) where someone kept saying that half finished compost could not be used around growing plants. Well- I sheet/lasagna mulch and throw veggie scraps right there on the bed and the person kept doubting that my garden would produce.

I'm glad to see someone else doing this and documenting it. Great site.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 1:10PM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

g'day pablo,

if you add that sort of material and as i do with kitchen scraps to the top of the medium under the hay/straw it won't affect the plants and will break down in due course.

my worm farming and composting all happens in the garden beds nowadays, just can't see the reason to add in extra processes when nature does it more direct. i used to do compost piles/bins/tumblers & worm farms.

len

Here is a link that might be useful: len's garden page

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 2:16PM
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pablo_nh(z4/5 NH)

With you on that bro. I only maintain a compost pile to hot compost meats/bones/etc. (you know... what many call "uncompostable"- LOL)

I clean out my rabbit boxes (litter trained rabbits) and throw manure, spent hay, and urine soaked wood pellets (now sawdust) right onto beds.

When I went to put my garden to bed for the winter- it was 6"+ deep in pure worm castings. I more or less failed at indoor worm bins, but they sure found my garden. I have since piled it up with maybe 40 bags of other people's discarded leaves, my other scraps, and garden refuse. The worms may even do well over the winter with this insulation.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 4:08PM
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