Hi and thanks for all the wonderful information in this forum. I am really excited at the idea of experimenting with my first straw bale garden this spring! What a great way to increase my growing space without digging!
I am wondering though, should I lay the bales directly onto the grass?? Would placing a thick wet layer of newspaper underneath be a good idea? To keep weeds down I thought. But then I though some more, and wondered if it may hinder worms from getting in.
Do tomato plants grow roots right though the bales? Would placing the bales onto a layer of manure be a good idea?
Also, what would happen if I made my bale garden on the concrete paving? Is a earthy base best? How messy does it get? Does it make staking hard?
Sorry, lots of questions!!! Any shared experience with this would be greatly appreciated! Im really keen to get my bales and get started asap! My tomato, chilli, and basil seedlings are still indoors, but will be ready to venture out in 3 weeks or so. Perfect!