How does straw-bale gardening work?

Q: How does straw-bale gardening work?

A: Next spring you would purchase enough straw bales (not hay) to line up as garden rows. Condition the bales with water and fertilizer for two weeks. During the conditioning, the inside of the bales begins to decompose. Plant your seedlings directly into the top of the bales and grow your garden just as if it were soil. You can put tomato cages right on top of the bales. When the season is over, cut the twine on the bales to expose more compost.

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