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- Are ants harmful to my vegetables?
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- Day 1 of conditioning your straw bales
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- Day 10 of conditioning your straw bales
- Day 11 of conditioning your straw bales
- Day 12 of conditioning your straw bales
- Organic sources of nitrogen that work best?
- Should I be concerned about flies?
- What to use?
- When to start?
- Why does some fertilizer sit on top, is this normal?
- Why do the organic bales smell bad for a while?
- Bale temperature - when is it safe to plant?
- Can I plant in extra large straw bales?
- How can I speed up the conditioning?
- What if my bales are too hot?
- What if my bales don't get hot inside?
- How far apart do I set up my bales?
- How many bales should I plant?
- How can anyone afford to buy bales they are so expensive?
- How can I save money using bales?
- How to make your own bales with a BaleMaker 3000
- What can I do with last years half decomposed and falling over bales?
- What can I use to make my own bales?
- What is a balemaker3000?
- How to fix your tipping bales
- Helping out your Beans and Peas with stick teepees
- How many cabbage in a bale?
- Why does cabbage grow so well in bales?
- Can I grow corn in my straw bale garden?
- Why is corn not recommended in a Straw Bale Garden?
- How can I keep deer away?
- How can I keep rabbits away?
- How can I prevent neighborhood livestock from getting into my garden?
- How to keep deer away from your garden
- What about raccoons will they get into the bales?
- Will rabbit jump up on the bales?
- End of season bale comparison - Homemade vs Straw
- Garden cleanup in Joel's backyard
- What will my Straw Bale Garden look like at the end of the season?
- Fertilizing your straw bale garden plants
- How to use an in-line, automatic fertilizing system
- How to use flowers as indicator plants for watering your straw bale garden
- Setting up a straw bale FLOWER garden
- A Gardening Medley from Kearney, New Jersey
- Garden interview with Danielle and Finn from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
- Garden visit with Diane and Melissa in Mounds View, Minnesota
- Garden visit with Eric in Northfield, Minnesota
- Garden visit with Sandy in Excelsior, Minnesota
- Garden visit with Steve at the Nativity Child Family Center in Saint Anthony, Minnesota
- Interview with Paul Sorenson in Blaine, Minnesota
- St Croix Montessori school garden Week 3 update
- Update from Joel's garden in Roseville, Minnesota August 17 2015
- Update from Paul's garden in Blaine, Minnesota Week 4
- Harvesting tips - Cucumbers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Summer Squash, Monster Zucchini
- How to grow and harvest Kale
- How to harvest your Lettuce crop twice!
- Pruning young plants
- Thinning Your Seedlings with Scissors
- Traditional garden troubles: shade & roots & weeds!
- Advantages and disadvantages of using hay instead of straw?
- Can I use a hay bale instead?
- Don't let your Cilantro bolt!
- Growing GREAT Basil!
- Harvesting Basil mid-season
- Battling the bugs in your garden
- How to fight the cabbage worms in your garden
- How to Use Eggshells to Prevent Damage from Slugs
- Can I store bales over winter?
- Doesn't straw attract rodents?
- Should I cover bales over winter?
- What if I have gophers or moles already in my garden area?
- Are mushrooms harmful to my plants?
- Are the mushrooms edible?
- Are the spores that are given off by the mushrooms harmful?
- Can I grow mushrooms on the bales as a crop?
- Do I need to be concerned about the mold
- Do I need to remove the mushrooms from the bales?
- How long do the mushrooms last?
- What to do about mushrooms growing on my bales?
- How many in a bale?
- What about blossom end rot in peppers if I plant in bales?
- What are the main concerns with growing peppers in bales?
- Can I plant with fertilizer crust on my straw bales?
- Do I need to make a seedbed or just push seeds into the straw?
- Do I use potting mix around transplants?
- How deep do I plant transplants into the bales?
- How do I plant transplants?
- How far apart should I plant seeds?
- How many plants can fit into a bale?
- How should I plant seeds?
- How to plant onions in your straw bale garden
- Planting in your straw bale garden
- The EASY way to use a shovel in your straw bale garden
- How to grow potatoes in your straw bale garden
- Can I set up bales in my parking lot?
- Can I set up bales on concrete?
- Can i set up my bales on my lawn?
- Do I have to have the wire trellis above the bales?
- Garden markers and journals
- How far apart should I put rows of bales??
- How should I orient the bales?
- How to beautify your bales
- Setting up your straw bale garden from scratch
- What if I cannot pound in the posts for a trellis, how can I still make a trellis?
- What can I do about the sprouts coming out of my bales?
- Will hay bales sprout weeds?
- How many tomato plants can I put in a bale?
- Roasted Tomato Basil Soup Recipe
- Tomato Talk - Episode 1
- What about blossom end rot in tomatoes planted in straw bales?
- Why are my tomato plants getting flowers but they are dropping off?
- Will I avoid the blight if I plant in bales?
- Installing an Irrigation System
- Adding emitters for specific plants in your SBG
- Can the bales be too wet?
- How long should I water my bales?
- How often should I water my Straw Bale Garden?
- Should I have one or two soaker hoses on each bale?
BALES - CONDITIONING
BALES - HEAT
BALES - HOW MANY DO I NEED?
BALES - MAKE YOUR OWN
BALES - TIPPING
BEANS AND PEAS
CABBAGE / CUCURBITS
DEER / RABBITS / INVADERS
END OF SEASON
GROWING AND HARVESTING
HAY or OTHER
INSECTS AND WORMS
MICE or OTHER RODENTS
Day 1 of conditioning your straw bales video
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<p>Here we are. It's day number one for our conditioning process. This bale has had nothing done. It was just delivered. We just put it in place. What we're going to do is take our bag of fertilizer, we figure out what kind of fertilizer to use and for day number one, we're going to apply one half cup. We have a measuring cup here that contains exactly one half cup.</p> <p>Now when we apply it, we want to try and sprinkler it on and get two or three coatings over the top of the bale. That way we get it nice and even. If you just dump it all in one splash, it can get in chunks on the bale. We just want to kind of spread the fertilizer out, sprinkler it on two or three coatings, so we get a nice, even distribution. All the way from edge to edge and from end to end, so you get a nice, even coating. Just like a little snow fall over the top of your bales.</p> <p>Once you get the fertilizer on, all you do is grab your hose, use the spray setting if you can and spray it about sixty seconds, just washing that fertilizer down into the bale. Don't be concerned if all the fertilizer doesn't melt away into the bale. You don't want to spend ten minutes putting cold water on this bale because that's going to cool off the bacteria. We just want to spend maybe thirty, forty five seconds, maybe sixty seconds, about a gallon, maybe a gallon and a half of water at the most washing that fertilizer into the bale.</p> <p>You're going to see this is much easier to get the fertilizer to wash in when you're using the synthetic fertilizer because it's smaller crystals, tends to dissolve more quickly. If you're using the organic stuff, it can be harder work all that material into the bale. That could be difficult.</p> <p>Don't worry about it. If there's a little bit of blood meal, or your feather meal, or your [inaudible 01:45], whatever you're using that's organic and that stays on top of the bale, that's okay. Don't worry about that. The bacteria will come up to the surface and grab that fertilizer and pull it down into the bale. You can use your hose to wash that down in there.</p> <p>The other option is to put some water in a bucket, especially if the water's really cold. Early in the season, ground temperatures are cold, which means the water coming out of your tap is going to be really cold. You can just put water in buckets and then let that bucket warm up overnight and then tomorrow, put a gallon or so into a sprinkling can and just sprinkle that over the top.</p> <p>Now, you don't get the force of the water spray down into the bale so that's the only disadvantage of doing this, but the warm water makes up for that. The fact that this water is warmed up to air temperature at least five, ten degrees warmer than what that water is coming out at the end of that hose can really have an impact on your bales. Use a watering can, sprinkler the water on top of the bale and melt that fertilizer down in.</p> <p>That's it for day one. I'll be right back with day number two.</p>
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