How to Make Very Small Hay or Straw Bales
How are straw bales made?
Straw bales are made from a waste product. Once the edible part of the grain has been harvested (such as wheat or rice), the stalks often become a disposal problem for farmers. By bailing the straw, a new life is given to the material. Straw bale walls are at least eighteen inches thick. via
What is the average price for a bale of straw?
Straw prices were steady and there is a demand for straw. Small square bales averaged $4.60 a bale (range of $2.00 to $6.00). Large square bale straw averaged $64.00 per bale (a range of $40.00 to $90.00). Large round bale straw averaged $58.00 per bale (a range of $40.00 - $85.00). via
How do you bale a straw by hand? (video)
How long does it take a bale of straw to decompose?
This process usually takes around 10 to 14 days. For the first 3 days, simply water the bale thoroughly so it stays damp. For the next 6 days, in addition to watering the bale, use a liquid fertilizer like Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Foodto add nitrogen to speed the decomposition. via
Why straw bale is considered green?
Straw bale construction is a relatively sustainable construction method, with straw being a renewable material that is readily available. Straw bales take little energy to manufacture, with the bailing process and transportation the only additional energy required (other than the sun used to grow the plants). via
Do termites eat straw bales?
Compared to wood, there are few termites who like straw. Bales provide fewer spaces for pests than conventional wood framing, where, should rodents enter a wall at a break in the plaster coating, they would be likely to make a place to stay. It would be very difficult for pests to travel though the bales, however. via
Is Straw bale construction cheaper?
1. Straw bale construction is affordable. Straw bale homes cost almost exactly the same amount of money to build as traditional stick-frame homes. If you're interested in calculating and comparing the specific costs of building a straw bale home vs a stick frame home, feel free to contact me. via
How much does a 50 pound hay bale cost?
From the hay market, square bales, on average, will cost you between $3 and $10 per bale, but some farmers prefer selling their hay per pound, in which case such a bale will be around 50 pounds. via
Can you get a mortgage for a straw bale house?
As a rule, while properties and projects are considered on an individual basis, wood or bale built homes are not generally accepted, and mortgage finance is only really available to more traditional construction methods. via
Can you bale hay by hand?
The proper method cutting hay by hand: stand with your legs apart and knees slightly bent. Three ropes tied around the width and a fourth wrapped lengthwise hold together each 70- to 90-pound bate of sun-dried hay. Diagram shows method of tying a hay bale. via
How do you move round bale by hand? (video)
How do you cut a straw bale in half? (video)
Does straw rot down?
Straw will decompose like any other organic material but they'll decompose a lot slower. As straw rots, it releases nutrients, feeding the plants growing in it. Straw actually makes your garden better. via
What can you grow in a straw bale garden?
Is straw or hay better for compost?
While it has fewer nutrients to offer, straw provides a lot of heat and neutral material to your compost bin. Unlike hay, straw isn't nitrogen heavy, so if you're compost pile is full of other nitrogen-rich materials like chicken manure and grass clippings, straw is better choice. via