Gardens using straw as a growing medium are becoming popular with growers who are plagued with poor soil or limited garden space. Straw bale gardening combines container gardening and raised-bed gardening into one green-thumb package.

Laclede County MU Extension and the Laclede County Master Gardeners have teamed up to offer a “Straw Bale Garden and Hugelkultur Raised Beds” class.

The class will be held on Thursday, September 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the MU Extension meeting room at 186-D N. Adams Ave. in Lebanon.

Gardens using straw as a growing medium are becoming popular with growers who are plagued with poor soil or limited garden space. Straw bale gardening combines container gardening and raised-bed gardening into one green-thumb package.

You can grow many vegetables, fruits and flowers in a straw bale garden, Horticulture Specialist David Trinklein said. Cool-season varieties can be planted as early as mid-March if you cover plants with protective materials such as clear plastic or floating row cover.

In addition to the Straw Bale Gardening there will be an introduction to “Hugelkultur Raised Beds”. Hugelkultur is an innovative method of using up on-site woody debris and other organic matter to build raised beds or planting mounds. The organic material decomposes over time, providing an ongoing source of nutrients, warmth, and moisture.

MU Extension Regional Master Gardener Coordinator Patricia Barrett will be the instructor for both classes. For more information and to pre-register for the class (space is limited), please contact the Laclede County Extension office at 417-532-7126 or shaverj@missouri.edu