Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Creative Gardening!!

On Sunday, I took a class at a local gardening center, 
we visited last weekend.
I have yet to post about that visit to Calgo Gardens
 look for it tomorrow.
It was a make and take on 
Straw Bale Gardening
I really like make and takes, they always feel so rewarding,
as you always have something to take home with you.

It was a great class, I had never heard of gardening this way.
There are several advantages to this type of gardening...
earlier planting, earlier harvest, easy to maintain...
minimal weeding and watering is concentrated.
It overcomes sun, soil and digging limitations,
and it's just plain fun!!

 The Straw Bales were pre-prepared for us.

 There is lots of good stuff layered in there, 
including a rich soil and lots of fresh manure.

 I was able to pick which veggies I wanted to plant from the selection provided.

 I only planted four vegetables, 
as I know only too well that they are going to get huge.

Eggplant, two sweet peppers and San Marzano Tomatoes.
I plan on transplanting some of my basil on to the sides of the bale.
The girl who gave the class suggested I do that.
Since I have a "ton" of basil, I am going to give it a try.
She said it will grow freely and well, popped in to the sides.

May 3, 2015

Sharing today's fun gardening project with
Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose
Stop by and say Hi!! 
There are lots are very talented and creative people there!!


  1. Hi Debbie, I have never heard of this type of gardening before!! Is this something new??! Keep us posted on how yours does okay?

  2. I am a farmer without square bales I wonder how much I can plant in a round one thanks for the tip my friend. Oh I cannot wait to try and cannot wait to see yours. Hug B

  3. I wonder how my pups would find to demolish those?

  4. Yes, this is new to me too! Keep us posted on the progress.

  5. I've not seen that but it makes sense...will really help keep the moisture in. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

  6. Fascinating! I've never seen this before!

  7. so, i'm wondering how you transported the bale home? in your lexus? :)

    i had a blogger pal that started strawbale gardening a few years ago. it's a neat concept.

  8. Interesting way to plant. Let us know how your crop turns out. I'm doing a lot of indoor planting but in movable pots.

  9. I seen this technique done last year on the internet & I thought I'll try a few plants the following year, but I forgot all about it until you reminded me with this post. I've already planted my garden but ran out of room I have a few plants left over so instead of letting them die I'll get a bail of hay & try this out. Thanks Debbie

    1. that's great karen!! i will post updates on here, to let everyone know how things are going!!!!

  10. Hello Debbie, straw bale gardening is new to me.. It looks easy but very heavy to move? Good luck to you and your plants..enjoy your week!

  11. I have heard of doing this with potatoes with great success. Good luck with your plants.

  12. Wow, that is amazing. I may have to look into this one. I need easy~
    Blessings and hugs!

  13. I have never heard of planting in a bale of hay so that is very interesting

  14. We are preparing our garden, but May has come with cold and have to wait :((

  15. I've seen this idea on pinterest, but I haven't tried it. Please show your progress- I may try this next spring if it works!

  16. I have seen pictures of this kind of gardening. I will be watching to see how it does this year.
    I am glad you tried it.

  17. Wow, this is new to me! You can plant in hay? Please keep us update, Debbie - I am quite intrigued :) Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!!

  18. Well that is a very unique way to plant a garden. Thanks for sharing.