Recently I read a news article about Stanley Wise, a farmer in Mississipppi, who farmed in straw bales. The picture in the paper showed Mr. Wise with tomato plants growing out of straw bales. I later learned that he along with others at Mississippi State University wrote a publication entitled, "Growing in the Bale."
There is also a You-tube video on the same subject.
For more information on gardening, visit our LSU AgCenter's website.