Straw Bale Gardening

Anyone here or do this?

Here is my 1st attempt

I have a pumpkin plant from store on left and on right I have a watermelon plant from seeds

I Had 2 extra pumpkin plants left over so i am trying them out in my compost pile

Compost pumpkins are doing ALOT better than the one in the straw bale.

I didn't prep the straw bale like I should have. Took short cuts to save time....oh well it was just laying around anyways and I'm always up for an experiment.