Tom Sellers

SacBee garden

Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4CALIFORNIA LIFE

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Tom and Karen Sellers continue to learn more about straw bale gardens (along with the rest of us). For one thing, straw bales aren't solid – and they sometimes need extra TLC.

When late June's unusual storm was expected to drench Sacramento, Karen protected the bales' tender seedlings with a tent made of plastic sheeting so they wouldn't be washed off their elevated bed.

"Not much rain materialized," reported Tom Sellers, who had turned off the bales' irrigation system in anticipation of the storm. "I turned the water back on and removed the plastic. No harm done."

Meanwhile, the bales needed reinforcement.

"One of the bales has really deteriorated and started to tumble," Tom said. "Kind of looked like the wreck of the Titanic. It was a slow process until … Karen alerted me that gravity seemed to be taking over."

But the bales could be put back into order. All that was needed was "a little pushing by both of us – and some long stakes and some scrap lumber on that bale and the corresponding one on the other side," Tom said. "Good as new."


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