"The advantages of straw bales are many. If you have poor soil or excessive weeds, you can take an end run around some of the soil prep by planting on bales. When the bales are exhausted after one or two years remove the twine and let the straw cover the ground and start over with fresh bales or consider planting directly into the mound and moving to a no-till technique."
Instructions at the URL above or do a Google search on Straw Bale Gardening
In Today's (10/24) Craigslist
STRAW BAILS 4 SALE! $3 TO $5 A BAIL
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Date: 2008-10-24, 8:10AM
We would like to sell several bails of straw. We have about 500 weathered, but very good bails. Very good for bedding or halloween decorations and hay rides.
The price is $3 a Bail if you pick up or $5 a bail and we will deliver... for delivery minimum of 10 bails required.
Call Jerry or Wanda at 520 413 5933 (home) 480 993 4030 (cell)
* Location: Maricopa
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OR wait a week and find some from a Halloween display.
I have never tried this but am thinking about doing straw bales in my raised beds that are being overrun with Bermuda.
Anybody tried this before?