Hay bale gardening
Potatoes growing in a hay bale

I have read a lot about gardening in straw bales….  But since I had a bunch of old hay bales, I decided to try hay bale gardening instead.

Right now, I am growing a cucumber plant, strawberries and potatoes in 4 hay bales.  I like the bales, because I don't have to dig in the dirt, or bend down to the ground to plant and water.  I have my bales stacked 2 bales high, so the plants are just above my waist.  How convenient to water and fertilize.

To start, cut a hole in the bale and add some potting soil and your plant.  Then water.  oooh, that's sooo easy.

I try to fertilize about once a week with a weak fish fertilizer solution. Since I live in a hot dry climate - SW Idaho, I water every day when the temperature hits above 80 degrees.  My plants have been growing in the hay bales since April and so far, they look good.  I am going to be netting the strawberries, though to keep the birds out.  Right now, the potatoes are in bloom.

I am looking forward to finding good sized clean potatoes in the bale in a couple of months.  No more accidentally  stabbing the potatoes with a fork while I am searching in the earth.  No more dirt caked potatoes.   I plan on just reaching into the bale and cutting off a clean potato as I need them.

Strawberry
Strawberry plant in a hay bale.

Published by Vicki

I love gardening and when it comes to vegetables, organic gardening is important to me. I am an Advanced Master Gardener with the University of Idaho, and my favorite garden activity is pruning. When I'm not cutting down plants, you can find me shooting photos on my Canon DSLR or out smashing overheads on the tennis courts.

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