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Hailey Speakman, 12, stands in front of her grandfather’s straw bale garden. Tim Speakman of Hodgenville experimented with growing tomatoes in straw bales – after having problems with blight in his garden. The bales have to be conditioned with water and fertilizer before the plants are added. When harvest is complete, the straw can be composted. Tomatoes have been plentiful in the “straw pot,” while squash did not produce well.