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I thought it was spinach I consider myself an outdoorsy person, which only means I like being outside. So, it was with more enthusiasm than sense that I joined my neighborhood gardening group this spring. With visions of raised beds, hands in the dirt, sharing our surplus food, and helping each other weed, this was my first year of community gardening.   I am taking creative license to suggest Rachel Carson would have completely supported my decision to experiment with growing food in organic straw bales. My BFF of 45 years mentioned that is how our formerly industrialized hometown grows food in their community garden, and since many of those gardeners and I graduated from the same high school, I felt qualified to succeed in this new challenge.   The instructions are easy to follow. Organic straw, not hay, grown without herbicides or pesticides. Two weeks of pretreatment with a nitrogen source, fertilizer, and regular watering to break down the straw. The eventual gentle placement...
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