Using hay bales as a simple and ‘no work’ gardening method is a relatively new idea. Here we have an article which, along with a video, gives us an idea into this method of food production.
It seems that hay bale gardening requires little or no work and a minimum amount of maintenance. After planting directly into the bale we find that as the season progresses so the hay breaks down to nourish the plants from inside. A huge advantage with this method is that all the beds are raised which means that predators are kept away and even an avid gardener with an aching back can enjoy this new style of veggie garden. With this method there is no weeding needed and neither is there any need to fertilise. Less watering is an added bonus.
There is a section of choosing hay over straw which is well documented and very informative. After reading this article you might be very tempted to have a go at this new method of growing vegetables.
Why Hay Bales are Superior to Straw Bales
- Straw is likely made from genetically modified plant matter
- No fertilizer needed with hay
- Less Watering
How to Grow a Hay Bale Garden
- Acquire Hay Bales and arrange them in your yard.
- “Condition” your bales
Days 1,3,5,7,9 – Add 1/2 cup of nitrogen to your bales and spray them with water so the nitrogen will soak in.
Days 2,4,6,8,10 – Soak the bale with water only.
- Simply plant your vegetable seeds or germinated seeds into the bale, water them once a day and you’re on your way to healthy produce in a few exciting months.