What to do when the bale is finished
What is left when your garden is finished is amazing! Through this process, you have created your very own clean potting mix and plant food. It is full of worms and worm castings and is a great food source for your existing garden beds or pots. If you have other garden beds, you can simply cut the strings and spread this around your plants or the base of a tree or shrub to give them a good feed. You can also put your composted bale in pots and continue planting.
When you are ready, take yourself off to your nearest garden centre and purchase your seedlings. To plant your seedlings you will need a small hand garden shovel to open up your bale. This process does not need any soil other than what comes out of your seedling pot. Simply make a hole, take your seedling out of its pot, carefully loosen the roots and place it inside your bale. Push the straw back together with the seedling inside. Be sure to make the hole big enough for the whole seedling to sit within the bale to prevent the seedling being damaged. Water your seedlings in. If the roots of your transplanted seedling are exposed cover them up with some potting mix if you have some available. Alternatively, dig out a little more straw and make the hole deeper. The roots need to be completely protected from the elements. Place any straw that has been pulled around the base for your seedlings.