Straw bale containers at the Holly Springs Food Cupboard community garden

Container gardening is a fun and easy way to grow food and ornamental crops, the ultimate “no till” experience.  The Holly Springs Food Cupboard is using a natural straw so the container will eventually biodegrade.

When choosing bales for your container garden, be sure to use baled straw and not hay.  Straw is wheat stubble baled after grain harvesting.   Hay is baled grass, which includes seed heads that can reseed where least welcome.

When adding a performance compost as part of a container blend, use no more than 30 percent compost in the mix.  For particularly sensitive plants, use less.  When in doubt, talk to a horticultural specialist at your local garden center or Cooperative Extension Service.

Check out the cool “containers” and other pixs from the Holly Springs Food Cupboard community garden on our Facebook page at