Fast growing leafy greens are great and when the season has finished I simply rake the whole lot up and throw it in the compost. You can also have a garden bed for each child…saves many arguments!


  • 1 Hay bale
  • 1 Bag of potting mix
  • 1 Bottle of liquid fertilizer (seasol)
  • 6 seedlings of your choice


  1. Find a nice sunny spot for your hay Bale Garden, morning sun is ideal for vegetables , all day sunlight is not necessary however it must get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
  2. Condition your bale by watering it well, Hay or straw makes a great cheap raised garden bed as it holds water and decomposes gradually to further compost your plants.
  3. Choose your seedlings depending on your climate and what you eat~! no point growing tomatoes if no one likes them! Fast growing plants do well such as rocket, packchoy, lettuce, celery and spinach. Strawberries do extremely well and the kids love them
  4. Once you have selected your plants part the straw and pour in your potting mix as if you were creating a pot in the straw, pop in your seedlings and cover with more potting mix, finally tuck some straw around the bast of the plant, this will help keep the moisture in. When you have planted your plants water them in then feed with a liquid fertiliser as directed on the bottle.


I love watching kids watch the garden grow, it is a wealth of teachable moments from germination to pollination to the bee's inbetween! ...and you get tomatoes..or strawberries!

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  • mle00
    • 02 Mar 2014
      2:07 pm

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  • Where I live, hay bales are highly sought after to feed animals. Not sure if I would be able to find any spare for this activity


  • Love the creativity of each garden bed

    • And it is recycling, using then composting


  • The garden look’s fab,a great idea!


  • brilliant idea! i love it


  • this is a pretty cool idea. it must be full of nutrients


  • I think I’ve seen this on Gardening Australia. I wish I had the space for this!


  • What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!


  • i love any ideas that minimize weeds


  • What a wonderful project for my kids and I to embark on….thank you for the idea


  • It is a wonderful and rewarding experience for children to watch a garden grow; thanks!.


  • Thanks for sharing this project; good idea.


  • this is a great idea


  • Great for a herb garden this year


  • Thanks for sharing a good tip


  • This is a fantastic way to get the kids into gardening.

    • Gardening projects are great for outdoor time and for nurturing a love of nature.


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