New to Strawblales and Lovin' it!!!

New Bern, NC

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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New Bern, NC

Here is how the bales started:

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Bardstown, KY(Zone 6a)

Welcome to the wonderful world of bale gardening!!!


Wake Forest, NC

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.


Holly Ridge, NC(Zone 8a)

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!


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