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beachdiesel
New Bern, NC

June 19, 2011
8:23 PM

Post #8641381

Hi All,

I am new to straw bale gardening... and "new" to Coastal Carolina.

A little background:

I am a transplanted New Englander that moved here for work. I thought my soil was bad (sandy, clay, rocks) back home but here - Yikes! So last year I put in two small raised beds to see what would grow an my tomatoes were a disaster! Too hot, not enough water, leaf curl, bugs, bugs, bugs!

I came across Kent's Facebook page and when I saw he was in Wake Forest I thought, "Now there's a guy that knows how to deal with the heat and humidity!"

So, I bought a few oat straw bales to "experiment" with. I prepared the bales as directed. When I planted the bales with my local grown plants from the local hardware store in town, I just couldn't get myself to plant into nothing but the straw so I carved out a little hole, folled it with a little MG garden soil and planted the tomatoes deep. And look at how they are growing!! I have already harvested some tomatoes and the family enjoyed tasty BLT sandwiches this weekend!

My only question is, what WON'T grow in straw bales?

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beachdiesel
New Bern, NC

June 19, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8641384

Here is how the bales started:

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postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8642700

Welcome to the wonderful world of bale gardening!!!

Doug
KentNC
Wake Forest, NC

June 20, 2011
6:10 PM

Post #8643395

beachdiesel: as Doug said, welcome aboard!!

good pics and glad you're happy with your 1st year's bale garden

I haven't heard a lot of complaints of things that didn't do well.

Not a lot of conversation about carrots, onions, beets, radishes, etc.

I don't think corn is viable since you'd need quite a few stalks to help pollinate each other and some way of staking them.

Kent
Mike2147
Holly Ridge, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 1, 2011
10:15 AM

Post #8871890

The only thing that didn't work for me last year was corn and that was due to a wind storm we had. I am not too far away from you by the way. I'm in the same county as you just south of Jacksonville in Holly Ridge. I didn't get to plant this year as I've been gone overseas for my "vacation". Good looking bales!

Mike

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