I was way bored the other day and started browsin' around the internet... you know how it goes. I came across this little gem of an article about making raised beds with straw bales. My first reaction was NO WAY a million weeds will grow from the seeds! Right? Wrong.. I guess straw bales are different than hay bales, in that straw bales are the leftover stalk once the seed has been harvested. And hay is full of grass& weed seeds. Ahh.. I'm obviously no farmer. See what you think:
That tomato looks delicious...What I love about this is how EASY it is. The look is a little rougher than I'm used to seeing in raised beds, but I dunno - it looks kinda cool? Especially with the black bark around it. Joel, of StrawBaleGardens.com explains that's it's pretty much lay it on it's side, plant your plants, keep it watered and enjoy your bounty. The warmth of the decaying straw is great for the plants, as well as the nutrients it provides. When the seasons over, it just turns into soil. This would be perfect for those areas with poor soil or hard to dig.
Hop over to Joel's website Straw Bale Gardensfor more info, directions and a few videos. What do you think of this idea?