Planning your garden

All you need to get started is a place to fit a straw bale that is roughly 1 metre long and 50 centimetres high. A position that receives a minimum of 5-6 hours of sunlight a day is perfect.

You will also need easy access to water.

The straw bales cannot be moved once the conditioning process has started as the bales will become soaked and very heavy.

​In my experience, the bales work well by placing them in a straight line. This layout provides easy access to all your plants. But feel free to experiment and make sure you send us a photo of your BaleGrow™ garden.

Your BaleGrow™ straw bale garden can go on any surface including rock, asphalt or even the middle of your concrete driveway. Because you are conditioning the bales to create the ideal growing environment inside the bale, it does not matter what your bales are sitting on. This gives you the versatility to have your garden where it is convenient for you. This also gives you the opportunity to position your bales where you get the most sun.

​When planning the surface you are placing your bales on, you have to consider the water runoff. Don’t place your bale where water will pool or possibly leave a temporary stain from the water runoff from your decomposing bales.

How many bales will I need?

One – Two bales

Great for someone with very limited space or who just wants a herb garden for their culinary adventures. One bale is big enough for a herb garden or small planter box.

Holds up to 5 – 10 plants

Three – Five bales

Perfect for a small productive garden. You can have some large tomato plants, beans, zucchini and much more.

Can hold up to 10 – 50 plants, depending on the variety.

Maintaining your BaleGrow™ garden

A BaleGrow™ straw bale garden is simple to maintain. Once your seeds or seedlings are in your bales, all there is left to do is to water daily and feed your plants with a liquid fertiliser once a week. I have also found that checking your plants every few days helps keep your garden healthy and happy. Like any form of gardening. checking for small problems can help prevent plant and vegetable damage by treating the problem quickly.

While conditioning your new BaleGrow™ garden, you are activating the leftover wheat seeds that have been baled up inside at the time of harvest.
What you might find is that the wheat starts to grow. This looks a little like small blades of grass. This is normal and can be left or if you like just pull it out. This is a sign that things are happening and your bale is happy and healthy and creating an environment viable for plant life.

Some bales will have more than others. This depends on where in the paddock your bales have been picked up or other factors that are happening at the time of harvest. Some will have none at all. This is also fine and does not indicate that your bales are not ready for planting. Read more about wheat grass here.