7 Really Smart Reasons To Grow YOUR Own Organic Food In A Straw Bale Garden…

Really Smart Reasons To Grow YOUR Own Organic Food In A Straw Bale Garden…

If you’re looking for a method of growing your own organic food, and you want to grow more, in less space, with a lot less work, and no more weeding, you just can’t go past growing in straw bales. And I know, whilst the idea might seem a little wacky to begin with (I thought my father was mad when he first introduced me to it), the benefits over a traditional garden bed are many.

Here are 7 smart reasons why you’ll definitely want to get started with your own straw bale garden. Just a warning however, once you’ve tried it, you might never want to muck about with a traditional garden bed again (but hey, why work harder when you can just grow smarter instead)…

1 -> Healthier Plants & Better Vegetables

When you grow in straw bales you immediately eliminate the need for soil. The only thing required is a straw bale, some (optional) potting mix, compost and a specific method.

And because you’ve taken soil out of the equation, it also eliminates all soil borne diseases and pests that can bring your crops to their knees when they get out of control. Just check out how healthy these tomatoes look…

While This Straw Bale Garden Might Be Small, The Harvest Was Anything But…

…also keep in mind – the less pests & diseases that are around, means less need to use pesticides (organic or otherwise) which can also harm beneficial insects that we actually want to attract to our gardens. It also means that our plants are just much healthier overall, we really don’t need or want that kind of stuff on the food we eat.

2 -> No Soil Means No More Hard Work

Not having to deal with soil means there’s no digging, no tilling, hoeing, or raking. We don’t need to break our backs doing any of that stuff, or use expensive machines to do it either.

Nor do we have to worry about crop rotation cycles or conditioning and improving our soils. You can simply plant right into the bales themselves (which you can put literally anywhere)…

While This Straw Bale Garden Might Be Small, The Harvest Was Anything But…

3 -> No More Weeds

Growing in straw bales pretty much eliminates the need for weeding.

Weeds just don’t take well to the straw throughout the growing season, and any initial weeds that might sprout early on, can easily be pinched out of the bales roots and all. From then on in you’re not likely to spend more than a few minutes per bale for the ENTIRE growing season.

Check it out, healthy vegetables and no weeds…

While This Straw Bale Garden Might Be Small, The Harvest Was Anything But…

…I don’t know about you, but I’ve yet to meet a gardener that actually enjoys weeding. Why would you want to do that when you could spend that time sitting by your straw bales having a cold beer instead ;-0

4 -> Self Composting Growing Containers

When you grow in straw, the bales themselves are your actual growing containers…

Barely Straw Vs Pea Straw...

They are also “self composting” growing containers that are slowly decomposing internally throughout the growing season. This produces a certain amount of heat which regulates the internal temperature, keeping it ideal for the roots of your plants.

It also helps to mitigate the impacts of any frosts or sudden cold snaps too and can extend your growing season. This also means, if you’re growing cold weather crops in your bales over winter, you’re going to give your plants a much more favorable growing environment.

Yes, you can grow in straw bales over winter too ;-0

5 -> Straw Bales Are Cheap

Straw is cheap & it is usually pretty easy to get (even if you’re living in a city or suburbia).

Plus at the end of a growing season, you can just bang it in the compost bin or use it as a mulch on your traditional garden beds. So you’re going to end up saving money because you’re essentially investing in next seasons compost (and you’ll know exactly what’s in it)…

Old Straw Bales Used As A Mulch On A Traditional Garden Bed...

…last seasons straw bales used as a mulch to help condition the soil.

6 -> Flexibility & Creativity

You can design a straw bale garden however you like. It can be as small as you like…

While This Straw Bale Garden Might Be Small, The Harvest Was Anything But…

…or it can be as big as you like…

A Large Straw Bale Garden Setup For Massive Growing Potential…

You can place your bales directly on the lawn, on concrete, pavers, your patio or even on space you don’t use for anything else on your driveway. With a straw bale garden, you really are only limited by your imagination and your available space…

Straw Bale Garden Development...

7 -> Much More Comfortable, Easier Gardening

Because straw bales are roughly 400mm high, you’re going to be gardening at a much more comfortable height. It also means you’ll be able to harvest many of your crops simply standing up as you stroll through your garden. For anyone with a bad back – or anyone that just doesn’t really enjoy crawling around on their knees, this is great news.

Yes, you too can be eye to eye with your own home grown organic squash and melons too…

10 Foot Tomato Plants Growing In Straw Bales...

Pretty cool right?

And that really only just scratches the surface as far as the benefits of growing in straw goes.

I bet it doesn’t sound as wacky as it might have in the beginning. I certainly was sold after just one season of growing in straw, so much so that I don’t even bother with traditional garden beds anymore. Why work harder when you can just grow smarter instead ;-0

Ready to get started with your own straw bale garden…

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