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    Getting ready for planting...

    Spent the day mowing and setting up bales for planting our garden this year...

    Our soil here is awful, mostly red clay. So we decided to try the straw bale gardening thing... Well, the stuff that passes for straw around here looks like baled up grass. So I'm using alfalfa instead. Everything I've read says it'll work fine. Might take an extra week to condition because it has more leafy material inside the bale and will be a little hotter as it breaks down...

    The seeds for the tomatoes, squash and jalapenos are already started and should be ready to transplant by the time the bales are conditioned...

    Picking up some strawberry plants at the gardening center in a couple of weeks...

    Going to set up a couple more rows next weekend...

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    At least 6 weeks before planting around here.
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    Way too early. You are having a bout of Spring fever.
    lol, but I don't blame you. Our Winter sucked, and we both want to move forward into the wonderful Spring and new growth that accompanies it.
    Damn! I truly love Spring.
    Otherwise, keep the rolls of plastic sheeting and hold-down rocks at the ready.
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    I was reading one of your stupid rants, and thinking what a freaking idiot you are, until I realized it was one of my own rants from last week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaine View Post
    Way too early. You are having a bout of Spring fever.
    lol, but I don't blame you. Our Winter sucked, and we both want to move forward into the wonderful Spring and new growth that accompanies it.
    Damn! I truly love Spring.
    Otherwise, keep the rolls of plastic sheeting and hold-down rocks at the ready.
    I'm about 4 weeks from the planting stage... But I am suffering from spring fever, so I got the bales started about a week early. It takes the bales 3 weeks to season. Seasoning an extra week won't hurt at all....
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    I plan to try the straw bales myself this year, we have had a bunch of rain here but im holding out just a bit longer on setting up my bales.

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    Going to be awhile before we plant outside. This photo was taken this past Thursday and we have another front moving into the region Monday night. We will start things in our greenhouse sometime in April then plant after the full moon in May.

    Im interested in your straw bail method. Can you guys take some pictures as you go and explain the process in this thread? I have awesome soil here but I’m interested in what other people do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kendawg View Post


    Im interested in your straw bail method. Can you guys take some pictures as you go and explain the process in this thread? I have awesome soil here but I’m interested in what other people do.
    It is just growing your plants in de-composing straw or alfalfa... You lay the bales on their sides on top of a weed barrier, soak with water, sprinkle each bale with a 1/2 cup of 29-0-0 or higher fertilizer every other day until seasoned ( 2ish weeks for straw, 3ish weeks for alfalfa ), poke a hole big enough for the new plant and a small amount of soil, plant it and water... Fertilize as normal after that, once a month or so with a 10-10-10 is what I'll use...
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    The initial start of composting takes up a lot of nitrogen and requires a fertilizer with 29-0-0 or higher. I'm using a lawn fertilizer with 32-0-0...

    And NO weed killer in the fertilizer, like a weed and feed... You'll just kill the new plants when you plant them... Using 1/2 cup every other day will end up with a lot of weed killer in each bale... Bad, bad, bad...

    After the first few days the bales will start to get warm and even hot after a week or so... Wait until they cool down after 2 or 3 weeks before planting in them...
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    I laid the bales on their sides in a row of 5 and then secured them together ( probably not needed )...

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    Started some Bell peppers this morning too...
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