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 Author: Fenestra
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:21 pm 
My garden space is limited, so I want to construct a stacked pyramid of straw, wherein plants that need the least amount of water are near the top and the trickle-down effect waters others, thereby increasing the square footage of cultivated soil. Has anyone constructed such a pyramid? Any suggestions??I will be able to utilize water from a deep koi pond which should be full of "fish emulsion". I am really not much of a gardener, but the way things are going, it makes sense to give it a try. I realize that the straw is lacking in nutrients, but wonder if it will function as a sort of hydroponic container, or will I need to add soil?This is a brave new world for me...

Paula G.

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 Author: asunda1
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:43 am 
I have some limited experience with gardening in straw bales. One of the problems in using them here, is that they require more watering than in soil. Bales dry out fast and need to be watered every day and that was in North Carolina. Here, especially in spring winds, you might have to water them several times a day or find some way to protect them from drying out. Some sort of soil is needed as a top layer for sowing seeds. I was taught to cut and pry open an area for transplants and introduce a small amount of soil with the transplant and that worked well. The most important step is to prestart the composting of the bale. For about a week prior to planting, wet down the bales every day. They'll get hot, start composting, and then when they cool they can be planted.
Also, you need to protect the strings or replace them with wire or plastic if it is twine. If the bales are laid so that the strings are in contact with the soil or other wet bales, they will rot and the bales will fall apart.
What a fun idea to build a pyramid with them.


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 Author: edcolmar
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:42 am 
You don't need straw.

http://www.mitra.biz/joomla/index.php/w ... herbspiral
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcODj6vcles

I have built several of these in various parts of the country if you need tips.


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 Author: Fenestra
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 4:59 pm 
So, I'm on the look-out for straw, grass hay, whatever, as long as it is baled. I will purchase it if the price is right... and come haul it away in La Bamba( 1978 Caballero). A friend said the best way to "compost" the bio-mASS is to soak it, cover it with clear plastic and let the sun cook any/all life-forms (weed seeds,mainly) therein. Then, and only then would I introduce veggies. But, HAY, the tree I thought had done FROZE [sic]is putting out green shoots. Shoot! may have to relocate. ..a work in [progress...

BTW: I have several (4 or 5)viable korms (is that the right term?) of lovely water- lilies( Texas-Dawn, a generic lovely rosy pink, and a white.) FREE for the right person. Call 534-2087. Plan to bring a bucket and a black trash bag...and have a place back home to stick the buggers; they don't like to have their roots in sunlight AT ALL!

Lobelia-O-W( aka Paula)

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 Author: Jill Steidl
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 7:24 pm 
Hi Paula,

If you don't mind paying the going rate you can probably get hay bales at J D's feed store.

You should post some pictures of your pyramid once you get started!

Jill


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 Author: Fenestra
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 4:59 am 
Hay, Jill!

Will do...on both suggestions!

Best to ya!

Paula G.

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 Author: Fenestra
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:10 am 
wEE....
i had forgotten about this post and will delete it as soon as I shoot my mouth off one more time ...un mas tiemplo, con su permiso? About ARCHITECTONICS: When one aperceives gravity and right angles and wind and water one can just about cope...

...to be continued...


Paula G.






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 Author: Fenestra
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:08 pm 
...as in being able to optimize ones' surrounds.Inside and out.

This reminds me of the recent TV images of the Hispanic CUltural Center in Albuquerque; obviously drawing references from Mayan Pyramids...its shape is Iconic. A true American Classical Style. Wonder who the architect is? And I think those are Arturo Guzman murals inside the toreon?Someone please correct me here,I'd like to know the artist. They are a Jewel in the Crown of the Muralistas Movement in the American Southwest.

Maybe that cat would do a Mural here? Those five panels on the side of the Gila Theatre cry out for adornment!One is already primed.

Oops...off topic. Over and out.

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