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my straw bale and sfg garden in the courtyard of shuler benninghofen building in hamilton ohio

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Comment by alfred n e hall on March 3, 2012 at 11:07am

Thanks for all the comments...and yes I only grow with organic seed and methods...HUGS (Hamilton Urban Garden System), the non profit I am in process of forming, has lots of projects going on...check out the links below for more information...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hamilton-Urban-Gardens-HUGS/186185654...

http://urlmd.com/hugs/

http://urlconsult.com/square-ft-gardening/

http://urlmd.com/hamilton-farmers-market/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Historic-Hamilton-Farmers-Market/1743...

http://www.facebook.com/alfrednehall

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on March 3, 2012 at 9:21am

My apology, I see in the thread that the high N fertilizer referred to is blood meal.  Which of course is decidedly organic.  You lead an interesting life alfred, all the best to you in your work!

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on March 3, 2012 at 9:13am

For those who might be using organic methods there are a few adjustments to be made when growing a straw bale garden.  That is the way I do it so if anyone wants to try it let me know.  I cannot grow a tomato in soil on this property.  There is a persistent unidentified pathogen in my soil that prohibits it.

Comment by Myan Jencks Zone 7-B SC on March 3, 2012 at 7:37am

That is  a great idea, I did have some mushrooms growing out of one this last year but never thought about planting in them. Thanks for sharing*

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on March 3, 2012 at 7:35am

I have bale gardened for many years now.  It is great once you get the technique down.

Comment by Kay Zone9a/TX on March 3, 2012 at 6:41am

Love it!!!

Comment by mo puff on March 1, 2012 at 12:17pm

THANK YOU SOoooOoooOooo MUCH!

Comment by alfred n e hall on March 1, 2012 at 12:04pm

Glad to help...The 10 Day Process of Preparing your Straw Bales for Gardening are:

Day 1- 3…Water your bales thoroughly (soak)

Day 4 – 6…Treat your bales with ½ cup of high nitrogen fertilizer and water thoroughly

Day 7 - 9…Treat your bales with ¼  cup of high nitrogen fertilizer and water thoroughly

Day 10...Water your bales thoroughly (soak) add NO high nitrogen fertilizer

Day 11…Check your bales and plant your crop

You can get detailed instructions at:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/hay-bale-gardening-techniques.html

and there are many more...also check out:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Straw-Bale-Gardening-No-weeding-no-ho...

Comment by mo puff on March 1, 2012 at 11:14am

yes please do!Ive never heard of growing in bales and this year i will preparing/ constructing beds for the next season. Recently aquired new property and need to clear and plan.

Comment by alfred n e hall on March 1, 2012 at 11:00am

I grow directly in the straw bales...very inexpensive and very very good plant growth...just need to treat them first...would be happy to give you the detail if you like

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