This week I started my second attempt in 10 years using straw bales. Last time I bought a load of bales & went for it using some fertilizers & water. Wasn't very successful. Recently I listened to some podcasts & read a useful description on the milorganite website.
Monday I got 5 bales (more manageable + the price has gone up a lot), put 3 cups of milorganite in each bale, watered & covered them in black plastic (to help any weed sprouting). So far, so good.