Kids’ Valley Garden

Hay Garden

If you want a quick garden but yoursoilis poor or the drainage isn’t good try a Hay Garden. This is a great way to starter garden because you can make a hay garden right on top of the lawn. It will act like Super Smother Mulch suffocating any plants growing under it so ask your parents where you are allowed to put it first.

For each garden size you’ll need whole bales of hay:

  • 8 feet × 8 feet (2.4 m x 2.4 m)= 8 bales (2 center, 6 edge)
  • 8 feet × 10 feet (2.4 m x 3.0 m)= 10 bales (3 center, 7 edge)
  • 8 feet × 12 feet; (2.4 m x 3.6 m)= 12 bales (4 center, 8 edge)
  • 8 feet × 14 feet (2.4 m x 4.2 m)= 14 bales (5 center, 9 edge)
  • 8 feet × 16 feet (2.4 m x 4.8 m)= 16 bales (6 center, 10 edge)
  • Mark 24 inches in from the edge of the garden all the way around.
  • Remove 6 inches (15 cm) ofsoilfrom the center of the garden and pile it to one side or redistribute it if you are going to use new topsoil in your garden.
  • If thesoilneeds conditioning this would be a good opportunity to treat it.
  • Place the center hay bales side by side in the hole. Cut the twine that binds them.
  • Surround the center bales with the remaining bales pushed tightly together to make a barrier around the whole garden. Do not cut the bale twine.
  • Return thesoilyou removed or add your new topsoil on top of the center bales. Fill it up level with the top edge of the barrier bales.
  • You may want to add some organic fertilizer to thesoilor to your plants as the season progresses.
  • Hay has lots ofmoisturechambers for the plants to use.
  • Harden your seedlings and plant them the same way you would for a regular garden and water them well.
  • Discardedsoilfrom your garden can be used elsewhere in the yard if it’s good earth.
  • Ask your parents first if they have other plans for it if you aren’t putting it on your hay garden.

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