*guy on phone laughs*

24 Apr

Then he says: Heres what I would do – plant your garden in the soil.  What you’re talking about makes no sense.

What were we talking about?  Gardening in straw bales.

Last week, I went to the library to hear a speaker.  The speaker was THE straw bale garden guy.   I went intrigued and left sold.  I told Dave I no longer needed a rototiller.  I just needed six or seven straw bales.  (And some fence posts and wire and fertilizer.)

Fast forward.  I bought this gentleman’s book and we started planning.  Dave used his pinball-farmer contacts to get some phone numbers about who might be able to help us secure some square straw bales.  Turns out farmers don’t so much do that anymore.

He has this one farmer on speaker and I hear it all go down.  I hear him laughing at us.  Here’s what I would do – plant your garden in the soil.  What you’re talking about makes no sense.

No sense?  Okay, fair enough.  It’s a little wacky but it’s gaining in popularity.  And it actually makes a lot of sense.  My garden is basically weeds.  I can keep up the first couple weeks but then I go away on vacation or get super busy at church and I can never catch back up.  Straw bales = little to no weeds.  They don’t require getting on the ground or bending over as much (which is appealing to some).  It can help with rabbits eating your green beans.  (Grrr.  I’m still mad about that from last summer.)  After the bales are treated with fertilizer to get them “cooking,” you can plant earlier than you can in the ground.  (Not that I’ll be on the ball enough to make that happen.)  It’s got a lot going for it and we’re going to give it a go this year.

I found a congregation member who can get me bales.  He won’t even let me pay for them.  Once I have a chance, some landscape fabric will be laid over the current garden plot, the straw bales arranged, and eventually, some trellises of fence posts and wire built to hold the climbing veggies.

I’m pretty excited about it all.  I’ll keep you posted on the project and, if you are one who thinks this makes no sense, maybe I’ll show you some positive results that will have you rethinking that.  (Fingers crossed.  Or maybe it will all completely fail.  I have no idea what will happen.  And, frankly, that’s what makes it all kind of fun.)

2 Responses to “*guy on phone laughs*”

  1. Sabrina April 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    You sold me at “no weeds.” Hope it goes well…. so that I can copy you.

  2. Kari April 24, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

    You never know…unless you try!😊

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