We’ve heard about hydroponics, aquaponics, container gardening and raised beds gardens but HAY bale gardens? this one is quite ingenious way to grow vegetables and other types of produce.
Hay VS Staw: keep in mind that Hay bales are made from dried grass and usually pretty safe to use, but straw bales are made from stalks of plants, usually corn, that have been baled together. Most of the time it’s genetically modified corn stalks that is baled together, I wouldn’t want my food being grown inside modified and/or pesticide filled material. Read more about the difference in the full article .
I would love trying this one out, and it looks amazing to boot!
How to Grow a Hay Bale Garden
The first step to growing a hay bale garden is to acquire your hay bales. Take a look on your local classifieds like Kijiji or Craigslist and find a local farmer who is selling them. Once you find a nearby farmer with 40lb hay bales for sale, email them and arrange a time to pick them up or have them delivered to you.
Once you have the bales and have arranged them in your yard, the next step is to “condition” your bales. Buy yourself some 42-0-0 fertilizer, or some urea (nitrogen), and from here you will be introducing nitrogen into the bales over a 10-day period that will have the fungi, bacteria and insects breaking down your bales into fresh, virgin compost to feed your plants. You can also pee on your bales, as it is high in nitrogen and minerals, so start saving up pee in bottles for a fertilizer cost savings of about $40.
Days 1,3,5,7,9 – Add 1/2 cup of nitrogen to your bales and spray them with water so the nitrogen will soak in. Days 2,4,6,8,10 – Soak the bale with water only.
During the conditioning process, the temperature of the bale will rise significantly, from my research, up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, the bales will become so hot that it’s important to keep the bales wet to eliminate the risk of a fire. Although risk of fire is minimal, keep this in mind when deciding where to stage your bales.
See the video below for more information on how to get started: