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Straw Bale Culture -- Growing Veggies In Straw Bales

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This looks like something I'd like to try.

From Mother Earth News: "I think I've discovered the perfect compromise method for growing tomatoes (and other garden produce) indoors . . . a Golden Mean between the high-tech effectiveness of hydroponic cultivation and the simplicity-and lower cost-of raising plants in soil. I'm talking about straw-bale culture, a technique I heard of only after hauling some 300 cubic feet of pumice, gravel, and dirt to fill the planting beds of my new solar-heated greenhouse.

As I paused in the middle of that task to contemplate (and curse) the necessity of trucking still more earth to my conservatory, some sympathetic friends came to my rescue with tales of "soilless" hothouse gardening. Needless to say, the idea caught my fancy immediately. After all, who wouldn't exchange the transfer of tons of terra firma for the lifting of a little straw? "

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I always have problems with fire ants getting in my hay. They love to get in it, on it and under it. Pesky little boogers. I find them when they start stinging. What solution would you plan to stop them? Over and out is slow and expensive. Some of the other ant killers are hard on plants.
Each spring when I start tilling and mowing I hang a jug of "Amdro" on the tiller and mower handles then dose each mound I come across.

I dont like to use it in or around the garden but have come to the conclusion its about the only way to keep them under control. If I dont get them killed off early they will start killing the plants when it gets hot and dry.

They will bore through Okra plants at the roots and travel all the way up the stalk and exit at the crown then feed on the blooms and young pods, they make their nests in the roots of other plants and do enough damage that the plants die - they move on to the next one then.

A non toxic way to control them is to pour boiling water into the nest, it will kill them and anything else around the nest so its not a real good solution in all cases but it is a weapon in the arsenal against them.

I have used DE and it does work but it takes forever to complely kill the mound.
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