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Here’s a great way to have a raised bed vegetable garden and save your back!

Build a Straw Bale Raised Bed Garden.

Building a Raised Garden out of Straw Bales

John and I decided we were tired of having to bend way over to plant and tend our vegetable gardens so we started building raised garden beds out of straw bales.  They are fantastic!  We live in the High Desert in Phelan and have discovered there are so many things that grow well as long as they are planted properly and tended well.

One thing to be sure to do when building raised beds is to make them narrow so you can reach into the middle easily from both sides to harvest your vegetables and also for easy weed control.  This way there is no need to climb inside them.  We make our raised beds using 6 – 12 straw bales depending on how long we want to make each garden.

Since we have alpacas, chickens and horses; we have an endless supply of manure that we can compost. We also add crushed eggshells and vegetable clippings to our ongoing compost pile.  We always have plenty to amend our soil each season of new planting.  You can see more details and photos of how we build some of our raised straw bale gardens by going to a post on Marti’s Muses and Marvels blog.

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  1. High Desert Greg's Gravatar High Desert Greg
    April 9, 2012    


    You got a really cool site and this blog post is a good read.


  2. April 9, 2012    

    Thanks Greg. We just finished making another 12 bale raised bed and have it composting getting ready for planting soon! 🙂 Marti

  3. April 12, 2012    

    Marti, I like the way you did the raised garden bed with the straw bales. Great idea! It inspired me. Now I just need to fit into my crazy schedule some gardening time in my little square foot garden.

  4. April 13, 2012    

    Thanks, Angie. Gardening is food for the soul to me! I can hardly wait for these to get composted so we can plant our seedlings we are growing after the last frost!

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