Originally Posted by redlaser
I'll have to google straw bale farming. Has to do with water conservation and adding organic material to the soil though probably. Thought this thread would be about salvaging import weed maybe. Straw bales left in place for a year or more on the ground will have lots of earthworms where the straw touches the ground.
you flip a bale of straw on its side so the ends are showing. water it a few times. the straw will start breaking down into soil as it deteriorates. most folks dig a small depression into the top of the bale & pile potting soil there, and plant into that. the plant runs its roots into the bale. you can even grow potatoes like this. just cut the strings at harvest time and pick up your taters. over a growing season, your bale turns into top-notch compost for the next round...I've seen folks put the bale in a wheelbarrow or wagon so they can roll it into a better spot for sun or to water it.