Planting tips: Straw Bale Gardening is convenient & economical

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Straw Bale Gardening is a convenient, economical method that uses bales of straw as raised beds to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. Last year’s bales are ready to plant. New bales must be “conditioned” first.

Planting tomatoes and peppers is a Memorial Day ritual for many gardeners. Tomatoes are stronger if planted in a trench while peppers should be set just as deep as they were in the pots they came out of.

After spring flowering bulbs finish flowering, they need some after care to prepare for next year’s show including deadheading, ripening and fertilizing.

You can head to the Milwaukee County UW-Extension Horticulture page for more gardening information.