Straw bale gardening just caught my attention! Has anyone tried this? Anyone have any tips? I ran across the concept by accident, (making me wish all the more that I'd made it to the San Francisco Home & Garden Show this year) but now I'm seriously intrigued!
The idea is that you take a bale of straw, wet it down and let it start to compost, then you plant things in it.
It sounds dead simple, doesn't it? We have heavy clay soil, and I figure I can do some bale gardening and then just turn it into the soil at the end of the season. After a couple years, we might actually have soil soft enough to dig in. At least, I think? Maybe? So, I'm calling around for straw bales. I just seeded a new batch of tomato seeds and they're starting to poke their heads up. I figure by the time I cure a bale, they'll be ready to plant.
If anyone knows of a good local straw supply close to San Leandro, please let me know!