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Straw bales purchased

This past weekend was nice weather here in New Mexico – so nice, that we took a trip to the countryside south of Albuquerque. The warm weather had us motivated not only to go “window” shopping at Tractor Supply Co. (love that place) in the village of Bosque Farms, but also motivated to use my truck to buy straw bales for our garden. We won’t start conditioning the bales per the recommendations of the book “Straw Bale Gardens” by Joel Karsten for at least another month, but having them on site will allow us to start building some fences we need around the vegetable garden .


5 straw bales loaded and delivered to the 7hh-G Urban Homestead.


Lined up to see how much space we’re talking about here (these bales ended up being longer than we planned for – 48″ long vs. the 36″ we expected).


Miguel being goofy.


These bales are definitely taking up more space than we expected – maybe we buy one more bale and start off with 2 rows with 3 bales per row ?




The 1st straw bale vegetable garden at the 7hh-G Urban Homestead is taking shape !

2 comments on “Straw bales purchased

  1. Sarah
    January 17, 2014

    I don’t know much (… anything) about straw bale gardening, so I’ll be learning by following your experiences – looking forward to finding out more!

  2. sam3abq
    January 17, 2014

    No problem Sarah – completely new to us too 😉 We’ll share our progress and let you know what works for us and what doesn’t. I’ve tasked my 10 yr. old daughter to record all our garden “doings”, lol. She’s excited about that. We’re buy a nice spiraled journal for her to keep the notes and sketches for us this weekend. Thanks for commenting and hope you continue to visit. ~Sam

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