Straw Bale Veggie Beds

Its spring! And that means its time to get those vegetable gardens going. You don’t need a lot of space to grow your own veggies and over the next few weeks we will be showing you some fun ideas you can do at home to create your own edible garden. This week we will be creating a straw bale veggie bed. Straw bale gardens can come in all shapes and sizes and are one of the easiest, cheapest and quickest ways to make a vegetable bed. Using a straw bale has quite a few added benefits – as they decompose they create compost, as the straw breaks down it can be used for mulch, and they are very easy to replace.

What you need:

  • A straw bale, or two (for some good quality straw contact Ian on 0438944422)
  • Organic potting mix or compost
  • Mattock or digging tool
  • Organic seeds (I buy my seeds from Green Harvest and Eden Seeds)
  • Watering can
What to do:

Place straw bale in warm sunny position on a level surface

Use a mattock to dig up some of the straw making holes in the straw bale

You can either create little holes or a full trench – I opted for the full trench. More space for veggies!

Fill the trench with potting mix or compost. Plant your selection of seeds into the potting mix and firm down the soil with your hand.

Water your seeds with a light flow watering can.

Cover the soil lightly with some of the straw you dug out before.

And that’s it! Water when needed to keep the soil moist and in a few days you should see seedlings popping out.

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5 thoughts on “Straw Bale Veggie Beds

  1. What an absolutely fabulous idea. I have limited space as I live in a unit, so for me this creation is brilliant. Thanks to the clever clogs who thought of it!!!!!!

  2. Hi, thank you for the info, I am keen to try but I was reading elsewhere that the bales need to be “conditioned” by having the bales heat up inside by watering for a few weeks and then cooling down again before planting otherwise the plants will rot. I live in northern NSW.

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