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Straw Bale update


All’s well in November last year,

but it wasn’t to be continued – just look at these poor plants today :-(

I think there are several pubs called ‘The Slug and Lettuce’, but I had no intentions of creating a restaurant, which could be called ‘Slugs & Cabbages’ with easy access from warm straw hideouts.

On the up side – I’m pleased the garlic’s doing quite well.

Next time I’ll be checkerboard planting with garlic in between the cabbages – hoping it will put the slugs off.

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Does anyone have better success growing Spring Cabbages in Polytunnels ?

7 Feb, 2016


What a great idea. This is the first time that I have seen this method. Does it work for flowers too? As for slugs, do you think sprinkling a layer of sharp sand on the top of the bales would work?

7 Feb, 2016


Have you ever tried Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade or DE? Spread it around your plants and it's suppose to stop all kind of bugs and yet it's safe for us to eat and the environment. Just a thought.

8 Feb, 2016


I've never see that done before ...

9 Feb, 2016


Thank you all for your kind comments.

To Loosestrife2 - don't see why not. You can also do strawberries. However, the bales will disintegrate within a year, so it's better to have annuals, or bulbs.

Slugs 'n Sand: I think with this wet weather the sand will just disappear into the straw.

To Bathgate: I haven't heard about this, but will investigate. After the winter veg I will have a go with summer crops.

To Hywel - I'm also new to this idea; just came across this book by Joel Karsten about Straw Bale Gardening and became interested. Google 'Joel Karsten facebook' to find out more or 'Strawbale Gardening Images' and you will find oodles of pictures.
Straw bales are cheap raised beds, and you don't need to use crop rotation. The straw bales are simply dug back into the soil and one starts afresh.

18 Feb, 2016


I had a look - very interesting :)

18 Feb, 2016

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