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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 29, 2020 at 11:33

Thanks.

Comment by Roger Clark on April 29, 2020 at 7:15

They are all full bales, I've tried to place them so that the canes are facing vertically. The bales are forced as close together as I can get. Then my home made compost is placed on top of the bales to produce little areas to plant into. Yes they are still bound together by string. The idea is to get the seedlings off to a good start. Then the roots will hopefully grow into the sugar cane and this cane will gradually collapse down as it is kept wet. I think that the bales will finish up about half height. The bales will eventually become lovely black humus, but I hope that I get a second planting into the bales in Spring. I have to weed a lot as the area is very fertile and the seeds from the compost are coming up everywhere. I keep you posted by photo updates as they grow. I've got my bales on top of a garden bed, but I guess you could put these anywhere you have space, even on driveway. Please don't tell your partners that I suggested that. 

Comment by Doug Hanning on April 28, 2020 at 17:28
Is that manure on top?
Did you sow direct or transplant seedlings?
They look pretty happy in there
Comment by Christa on April 28, 2020 at 17:06

That soil is looking healthy Roger, it should keep that area growing nice and warm. Great idea. There are seedlings coming up everywhere.

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