Saturday, 8 March 2008

Strawbale gardening

If you don't already know about strawbale gardening, have a look at these sites:

And this is what I have so far:

12 bales of straw, in two 3x2 formations, with a walkway in between (which is a bit wider than it looks in this photo), sitting on flattened corrugated cardboard boxes to suppress the grass. Not particularly pretty, but it's a start.

I set the bales out yesterday when rain was threatening, but not much eventuated, so I soaked them with greywater today. A lot of the water runs straight through, but it's being held a bit by the cardboard, so we'll see how it goes.

I need to do that again tomorrow & Monday, and then I'm going to start adding some Charlie Carp to it. I also need to start some seeds off in newspaper pots while the bales are heating up and ageing, and in a few weeks I should be able to pop the newspaper potted seedings straight into the straw.

I figure even if it's an abysmal failure, I will have some nicely aged mulch for the dirt garden ...


goingferal(ish) said...

Looks awesome! Cannot wait to se how it goes. Very cool K.

Stuart said...

Cheers for the link karen. This is such a cool way to garden, isn't it! Very practical.

BTW - I haven't seen you listed at yet.