We went to a birthday party for our friend’s daughter a few weekends ago; a cowgirl-themed party. At the end of the party my friend asked me if I wanted to have the straw bale they had purchased for decoration. SCORE!!! How often does a question like that get asked and result in pure joy to other person?! Luckily, my wife let me load it in ‘her’ van to take home, which of course resulted in a mess of straw all over the back area that I, of course, promised to clean up that day but took me two weeks to get to.
The straw has come in really handy! I am getting ready to grow some fingerling potatoes in 5-gallon buckets (using this tutorial). I didn’t have any gravel to put in the bottom of the buckets to help with drainage so I used a couple inches of straw.
I also used the straw as a nice mulch for the pathways in between the beds in my garden, which looks WAY better than before. Also, it will keep the weeds down and make it easier to walk around after it rains (which, of course, we won’t get anymore of because I put the straw down).