Straw Bale Gardening

Everyone is talking about Hay Bale and Straw Bale Gardening.
I have a bunch of straw bales and thought this might be a good use for them.
Raised garden bed = less bending over and hopefully less weeds. They deteriorates after a couple of seasons and can be used to fertilize your existing garden.
There is a bit more preparation than just tilling up the garden, it takes about 12-18 days
I am trying to decide what to put in mine.
Right now I am thinking:
*Tomatoes and onions, chives, garlic, nasturtiums
*Tomatoes and carrots, thyme
*Hot Peppers and onions, basil, rosemary
*Sweet Peppers and pole beans, climbing peas, nasturtiums
*Cucumbers and bush beans, lettuce, nasturtiums
*Zucchini and pumpkins, radishes, nasturtiums
*Potatoes and squash, marigolds

Plants that need to grow straight up like tomatoes and peppers I will put in the top. Paired with plants that climb (I am going to put a cattle panel behind the bale for climbing). Plants that keep the bugs away planted at the base (nasturtiums, marigolds, basil, chives & thyme). Other plants in the sides.

In my search for information I have collected some ideas.
Click on the link for lots of planting information and ideas.

I am excited to give this a try.
If you have tried this or try it this year, leave me a note and let me know what you thought and how it went.
Have fun and let it grow.

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