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Alyssa wrote:Jul 30, 2014
  • Ama Dann

    Oh thank you Alyssa, really am going home this weekend to let my hubby know. How long does the conditioning take and do you "use" anything to speed up the conditioning process.(If so, what should be used & is it eco friendly). I love the idea of using bales for many applications. I once saw a building program on TV and they build houses with bales, something they used about 400-500 years ago (which are still standing to this day!) Makes for great insulation and strong. I think they had to use a fire retardant and then "caged" the bales in a frame & wire mesh, then gently blasted cement mix over it. Built a house in no time! We have wheat and barley bales, which we sell as fodder for horses and as we are in a "wine growing" (yes, that's what we call it, imagine growing wine!) anyhow, the vineyards use the bales as mulch for the vines. Also used for growing mushrooms! seating at coffee shops and great for barns and we have a lot of outdoor musical evenings in the area, the people love the bales, they last as well. Oops, that was a Geography and some History thrown in. BTW we live in The Cape Province, South Africa. thanks once again for your help, glad to hear you have great tomatoes! mmm.. does that sound ok?

  • Alyssa

    Sounds like you've got a lot of space and a lot going on! I use a local winery as a source of pallets but my yard is only about 40'x25'.

    You do add something to the bales to kickstart the decomp. I'd click on the link I provided because I'm not any good at remembering chemical compound names - there might be other ways to start this process but I'd imagine they'd take longer. The process took about a week of conditioning and then another week to cool off before we planted in them.

    Good luck!

Matthew McKown wrote:Mar 19, 2014
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  • virginiawasforlovers

    This is just so beautiful! Thanks for the information on Cor-Ten Steel. What gauge do you recommend or what did you use here?

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Aislin Gibson added this to 3 Chores to Do Now to Prep Your Garden for Winter and SpringAug 24, 2017

2. Plant Cover CropsEmpty garden beds can leach out nutrients in the winter rains, and weeds can grow. To prevent this, plant cover crops that build up soil and feed pollinators. The best part? Planting a small bed of these crops can be done in five to 10 minutes, since they don’t require special soil amendments, rows, measurement or nurturing. Here are a few dual-purpose, easy-to-plant crops that will create a harvest and help restore your soil:

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Aaron Korda added this to 9445 Sawyer Landscape IdeasMay 9, 2019

Great design but takes up too much space

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