The Question Mark and Improv Sculpture Design: Straw Bale Gardens As Environmental Art

Share Straw bale gardening may not be as mainstream a gardening method as raised beds yet, but who knew it was an emerging art medium? An environmental artist named Susan Leibovitz Steinman, created a straw bale […]

Children’s Workshop Garden Stretches its Roots and Stems

Share The school year has ended and the students at Children’s Workshop dispersed like seeds for the summer. Thankfully, we have the Boys Club of New York City around the corner and they are engaged […]

Children’s Workshop Third Graders Learn to Plant Three Sisters Garden

Share The piece de resistance of the Children’s Workshop garden is the Three Sisters Garden in the center of the bales. Three Sisters is an ingenious Native American companion planting technique that uses maize/corn, squash […]

Update on Planting Tomatoes in Straw Bales

Share As noted below  (Hot Weather Accelerates Planting Schedule – All Bales Planted!), we mistakenly planted the tomatoes deep into the bales, as you might with regular soil. Big mistake, because as we learned the hard […]

Gardening Grows Good Health: Plants and Nutrition Basics

Share It’s amazing how much nutrition you can pack into a small garden if you plan (and plant) well. Here’s just a sample from an almost endless list of what you can grow in a […]

Hot Weather Accelerates Planting Schedule – All Bales Planted!

Share Ideally, every stage of a gardening project is an educational opportunity for children to learn: digging methods, soil health, seed starting, planting, mulching, watering, plant identification and care, pest management, harvesting, cooking, etc. And if […]

Straw Bales Get Final Prep Before Planting

Share Like much of gardening, prepping straw bales for planting requires a fair amount of patience and vision. As eager as I was to rush the process, the most important thing is that the bales […]