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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:25 am 
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I found this on P. Allen Smith web site. I thought it was interesting idea. Something to look into and try it. Check it out!!!

http://www.pallensmith.com/index.php?id=16630

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:36 am 
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I posted about this last year, but the one I read about didn't start the composting process in the bale like this article shows. I can see where it would work better than what I read about. I read about people just starting the seed in the fresh bale, maybe sprinkling some compost on top. I made a half hearted attempt, but it wasn't very successful. I like the idea since it would keep the moles out of the vegie roots.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:54 am 
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luv2grdn,Well sorry I missed it, Looks like a neat way to put in your plants. Maybe will try it next year.

The web site I reference P.Allen Smith has a great web site so many interesting and unusual things and not so unusual too. And he has recipes.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:42 am 
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Not a problem that you missed it. This technique you posted sounds like it would work much better. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:28 pm 
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I was looking into making straw bale houses but, my husband is allergic to black mold and gets deathly ill so I had to nix the whole idea. It's a good idea, but what about the black mold that grows on wet straw bales? How do they prevent the mold from growing?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:45 pm 
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I didn't know about the black mold. I have problems with mold too. It might not be a good idea for me either.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:36 pm 
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Just try a bale or 2 and see how it goes. I have weeds sprouting in a 2 yr. old bale that has been exposed to the weather the whole time and they're growing just fine. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:46 pm 
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Hi L2 & ginny
We need a picture.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:59 pm 
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I'm a little puzzled as to why anyone would do this??

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:26 am 
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Dave, you want a picture of my weeds?? :? :wink:

The only reason I was tempted when I first learned of it was protection from moles. When you lose plants to them enough times, you'll try most anything. :D

I believe that people do it as a way to have a garden plot without the work of getting rid of a lawn or soil prep. The ones I've seen have several bales grouped together with various vegies in them. They did it in fresh bales or 1 yr. old bales.

My weedy bale was bought for mulching last year, but I never got around to using it, so it's still sitting and waiting and composting.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:24 am 
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I was looking into making straw bale houses but, my husband is allergic to black mold and gets deathly ill ...


Black mold is toxic to all humans. The most well known form, Strachybotrys atra, has been known to kill many people most commonly children. It causes a host of respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and respiratory bleeding.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:51 am 
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foxykitten350234 wrote:
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I was looking into making straw bale houses but, my husband is allergic to black mold and gets deathly ill ...


Black mold is toxic to all humans. The most well known form, Strachybotrys atra, has been known to kill many people most commonly children. It causes a host of respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and respiratory bleeding.

Foxy.
Well I'm not going to try any straw bales any time soon. Thanks for the info.

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