Straw bales lengthen growing season as soil substitute, without weeds

07/17/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Straw bales can provide a weed-free substrate for planting and lengthen the growing season in colder climates, serving as an alternative to garden soil, according to this article. The straw-bale gardening technique allows vegetable plants to grow on a bale of straw with the help of a little fertilizer, according to Joel Karsten from Roseville, Minn. The material needs to be conditioned first by spraying the bales with water and fertilizer for 10 to 12 days, Karsten said.

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