How to build a strawbale garden

The Lincoln County Master Gardeners will host a gardening roundtable on strawbale gardening on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gleneden Beach Fire Station, 6445 Gleneden Beach Loop.

If you lack good soil and don’t want the expense and effort of raised beds, straw bale gardens are an attractive alternative. Straw is an ideal container for growing vegetables, herbs and many perennials. It naturally holds moisture, and as the straw decomposes, it provides a rich medium for plant growth. Strawbales are inexpensive and can be placed anywhere space is available.

“We’ve used straw bales in several of our master gardener demonstration gardens with great success,” said Michael Christie, who will lead the roundtable discussion. “It’s a great growing medium for coastal gardens, especially those with very sandy soil.”

To reserve a seat, go online at — an RSVP ensures there is adequate seating and handouts. Attendance is free, but donations to offset facility fees are welcome. 


About Lincoln County Master Gardener Association (

The Lincoln County Master Gardener Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the statewide master gardener program administered by Oregon State University Extension. Its primary goals are to:

  • Help Lincoln County residents become familiar with best practices developed by university researchers.
  • Promote the benefits of growing vegetables, herbs, natives and other ornamentals.
  • Help gardeners understand and overcome Oregon coastal gardening challenges.
  • Provide scholarships for college students to pursue scientific study related to gardening topics.
  • Develop demonstration gardens to showcase techniques and provide real-life examples of gardening methods.
  • Foster gardening activities and learning opportunities for all ages.

To learn more about the roundtable series, contact Ann Geyer at 541-875-2319 or [email protected]


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