Straw Bale Gardening. NGCSU Continuing Education is hosting a lunch and learn on how to start your own straw bale garden. Straw bale gardening is perfect for areas where the soil is less than cooperative, or even for people with issues with mobility and bending. Our class will be held on April 3, 2012 from 11:30am till 1pm. This website we have attached demonstrates several ways you can successfully create your very own straw bale garden.