They Work – I have had huge success with growing in straw bales.

We picked up these custom straw bales from a neighbor's wheat field

Miniature Straw Bales - 13 x 6 x 5 inch natural straw bales, 2 bales minimum per order

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  • The next point to be considered is the moisture content of the bales. Pretend that the whole food source thing didn’t matter, just for now. When hay is cut, it is a live plant. That means it has moisture in the entire plant. It is left to dry on the field for a short time and then raked and baled. In that time, some of the moisture leaves the hay, allowing it to be baled without decomposing. We have all heard of bales spontaneously combusting, right? Well, this is due to bales having too much moisture in them. They start to decompose on the inside and that creates heat. That heat increases as the decomposition process increases (cyclically at this point) and then the bales burst into flames from excessive heat. This is a situation where there is obviously too much moisture, yes, but it proves the point I am making in a dramatic fashion. Straw bales have very little moisture content in them when they are baled. This is another difference in material. The lower the moisture content, the less chance of damage to the bales once in the house by either mold or fire from decomposition. In fact, decomposition and mold growth cannot happen in the straw as long as the moisture content is kept below 20%. That is quite high by the way. Most of the bales I use register around 8-9% moisture content to give you an idea.

    Non-load-bearing buildings often use a post and beam frame with straw bales as infill to create the walls. They can be any size and shape and have multiple stories. One advantage over load-bearing is that the roof can be finished before installing the straw bales which makes it easier to keep them dry (a critical factor in straw bale construction). Another advantage is being more easy to get building permits for (at DR we have no building codes so do not need building permits).

  • I went to a class on straw bale gardening about a month ago, and am very intrigued by it. Haven’t found any straw bales yet, but want to try it a.s.a.p.

    Strawbale buildings can be generally characterized as either load-bearing or non-load-bearing. In a load-bearing straw house the weight of the roof is supported by the bales themselves without any other framework. Non-load-bearing straw buildings have a frame made of wood or other material and use the straw bales to fill in the walls and create insulation.


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    Decorate your Western theme with 13 Inch Straw Bales. These 5 inch x 6 inch x 13 inch straw bales are made from wheat straw and can be used as centerpieces and more. The possibilities are endless when decorating for your Western theme.

Straw Decorations, Straw Wreaths, Straw Bales - Dried Decor

Straw bales are high in carbon, urine is high in nitrogen. Anyone who composts knows how important the right mix of carbon and nitrogen is for your plants. If you have male friends or relatives who are willing to(it is a little easier for them to do this), ask them to use your straw bales as a urinal (any barbecue or evening around a bon-fire with a 6 pack will provide plenty of opportunities for this) and it will accelerate the process of composting and provide bacteria good foundation to turn into soil nutrients for your plants. That’s not ‘out there’, that’s good science. The earlier you do this compared to planting, the more time you allow the composting bacteria to get established and utilize the foundation materials to make things optimal for your plants.