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Hay Bale Gardening

Step 2: Prepping the bales

the bales you have chosen will need to be placed and left to "rot" for a few months prior to planting. I got a grass/straw mixture bale and let them sit in the mid summer sun to early spring time. now some people will put organic fertilizer on top during this process to help the plants grow and some will use store bought stuff. that is all personal choice. me is did absolutely nothing but let them sit.

 
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