An organic fertilizer and some compost can help you grow tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini and other vegetables in a properly watered bale of straw. Learn a fun new way to hone your gardening skills in this free video on vegetable gardening.
Hi, I'm Ali Reynolds with Ali's Organics. And today, we're going to show you how to grow in a bale of straw. And, of course, we need a bale of straw. And then, we want to saturate this thing three or four days before we start to plant. So, we want to soak it in really good. And, we may want to come out here every day or so, just so that it gets soaked pretty good. Now, we want to add something that's high - a fertilizer. This is just an organic fertilizer called Bio-Fish. Just going to sprinkle some of this on, like about a cup, cup and a half. Water it in. Now, I'm going to add some compost to the top of this. It's just going to give us some food and some growing medium. And, I just want to add, maybe, just a nice white covering over the top. We're going to water this in. We can plant it now, or we can wait another four days. But, I also like to dig out a section. We're just going to dig out a section to plant. So, we just want to dig this out about twice the size of the root ball of the plant that we're going to be putting in here. You could put seed in here, but I like to just go ahead and put a plant that's already established. Now, I'm just going to add some compost right into that hole. Kind of push it around to the sides. Things that you can plant in here are squash tomatoes, pumpkins. We've done a pumpkin in here before, and it's been pretty fun to do. This is a zucchini. And so, we're just going to cover that guy up. Some things that you need to know about when you're planting in a bale of straw is, water drains really fast. And so, you're going to want to put more water and nutrients in this than you would in a regular bed. So, I'm going to come out here and fertilize this about every two weeks. I'm going to put some more of this Bio-Fish in here, about every two weeks water it in, and you'll see this start to sink. Put some more compost around here, because it's going to sink in. Now, make sure wherever you put this, that's where you really want it, because you're not going to be able to move this. Besides the point that it's heavy, it will start to fall apart. By the end of the season, a lot of this is being broke down, and you won't be able to reuse this next year. But by all means, throw it in your compost bin, don't waste it. So, I could actually go ahead and plant this other section doing the same thing. Why not out a tomato plant in there, too? Two crops in one little bale. So, there's some ideas for you for planting in a bale of straw.
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