For a new twist on container gardening, try straw bale gardening. This emerging technique skips the container and substitutes partially decomposed straw for potting mix.
It starts 11 days before planting after the bales are put in place. Lay them so the string is on the sides and not the bottom. A stake driven in at each end will help hold bales together. Tall stakes can double as end posts for vertical supports to hold vines or tomato plants.
Conditioning the bales begins with three days of thorou….