Straw Bale Gardening, great in all climates from the Arctic to the Caribbean islands! ~~~~I have a terrible time growing tomatoes. My soil is hard clay and I'm too old to try digging in it. I am definitely going to try this ASAP!
Check out this great straw bale raised bed from the folks at Bonnie Plants. It goes together in minutes and will last all season long. Then when you're finished, you can compost what's left at the end of the season
Gardening with straw bales is like container gardening, except the container is compostable and it's nutritious for the plants it cradles. It's also like raised-bed gardening, but without the wood, nails and hammering.