Category Archives: Straw Planting

Peppers in the Straw

Hi Folks,

As I promised a week or so ago, I have moved on to the next part of the “Straw Bale Experiment” and planted bell peppers in the second one.

I didn’t go through the whole “Step-By-Step” that I did with the tomatoes, but it is the same process.

  1. Open a hole in the straw.
  2. Fill it with a good quality potting soil.
  3. Plant the pepper. (When I was planting tomatoes I told you to plant them deep so more roots would develop. Plant peppers at the same depth that they were in the pots.)

An interesting thing is happening that I didn’t anticipate. Apparently there were wheat seeds in the straw that are now sprouting. You can see them coming up throughout the straw. (Those green things.) One of the advantages of planting in straw was that you wouldn’t need to weed.) I’ll let the sprouts get a bit bigger before I pull them out.

Incidentally, here is a picture of the whole bed that the straw is in.


As you can see some of the plants are much farther ahead then the ones in the straw bales. That is because I’ve been known to procrastinate when I start a new project. Don’t worry, in a couple of more weeks you won’t be able to tell the difference between the ones in the garden and the ones in the straw.

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I’ve Got The First Bale Planted

I planted the first bale of straw this weekend. The bale is still a bit warm, but I don’t think so warm as to affect the tomatoes. Here is the process:

My original thoughts on opening the holes was to use a trowel. That didn’t work so well. (The straw was tightly packed) So the tool of choice turned out to be a pair of pliers, and some muscle.

Then I added a couple of handfuls of a good potting soil into the bottom of each hole for the tomato plant to grow into.

I planted the tomatoes, adding more potting soil around each of them. (Remember to loosen the roots, and plant them deep. New roots will form along the stem of the tomato plant.)

I staked the tomatoes using cages, and – – – – – – –

Now I’ll just sit back and watch them grow!!!

I’ve still got another bale of straw to plant. I think I’ll try some peppers in the next one. I’ll keep you posted on the process.

Remember to take your Juice Plus+!!! If you need to order you can go to my website Everyday Organics . Remember, you can get “Free Juice Plus+ Capsules or Chewables for your child or grand-child as long as you are taking Juice Plus+. That’s a pretty good deal.