The Straw Bale Effect (Part1)

G.L.A.D.

“The more stitches, the less riches.”
― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

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In February we picked up 50 straw bales to experiment with straw bale gardening. The pros go as follows. 1) Growing out of essentially a compost pile. 2) The bales retain good moisture during the dry season. 3) Everything is elevated which means good drainage and easier harvesting. 4) After 2 growing seasons you are left with rich compost (the broken down bales) The cons: it takes a huge amount of resources for this to work. In order to create this “compost pile” it takes conditioning on our part. This happens through constant watering and adding of nitrogen. From a sustainability stand point we are thankful for the plentiful harvests we have had, but do not believe we will incorporate this method into our future plans.

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