Growing In Straw Bales Over Winter…

Setup A Straw Bale Garden Inside A Greenhouse For A Longer Growing Season...

One of the most frequently asked questions we get about setting up a small (or big) straw bale garden is from people wondering whether it can be done over winter.

The answer to that question is, you sure can. It’s an all season gardening method.

Literally any winter crop that you would grow in a traditional garden can be grown in a straw bale, and you know what, you wont have to deal with any mud either!

It’s a really clean gardening technique ;-0

The one thing you will need to pay more attention too is the amount of rainfall & and therefore the amount of water your plants are getting – but in reality you need to do that with a tradition garden anyway so it’s no different.

Also, depending entirely on your winter climate, you might like to consider providing some additional protection from the elements if and when needed.

Here is a really tidy straw bale garden that’s been setup inside a greenhouse…

Setup A Straw Bale Garden Inside A Greenhouse For A Longer Growing Season...

…that’s growing some really healthy looking tomato plants…

Straw Bale Garden In A Greenhouse...

…so there would be no problems with the elements in terms of growing over winter with such a setup.

If you don’t have a greenhouse, and major frosts or snow could be a problem (although many winter crops are pretty frost tolerant), you could also setup a small poly tunnel. This garden…

Straw Bale Garden Planted & Covered With A Poly Tunnel...

…was surrounded by a poly tunnel to give it greater protection…

Poly Tunnel Surrounding A Straw Bale Garden...

…where carrots & turnips were planted (along with other veggies)…

Straw Bale Garden Planted & Covered With A Poly Tunnel...

…and you can see how well protected the whole garden is below…

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…of course, if you live in a region where your winters are mild, even a poly tunnel might not be required. Here are some winter crops you can consider growing…

  • Onions & Shallots
  • Garlic & Spring Onions
  • Radishes
  • Broad Beans & Peas
  • Brassicas: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages,
  • Chard, Parsley
  • Rocket, Lettuce, Spinach
  • Kale, Pak Choi, Leeks
  • Carrots, Parsnips, Turnips
  • Winter Squash
  • And Plenty More…

…so if you grow winter crops, there’s no reason at all whilst you can’t do that in a straw bale garden. And if you haven’t grown winter crops before, then you should certainly consider doing it – there’s no reason why you can’t provide fresh organic food for you & your loved ones year round with just a little planning.

Ready to get started with your own straw bale garden…

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