You know at the old house, we planted in raised beds that
Keith built, with great success.
We also (let's face it, KEITH built it, with help
from my grandson and his girlfriend) built a hoop house,
whose frame is still standing there.
Several years ago, I became interested in Straw Bale Gardening,
and I read the famous book by Joel Karsten, and then bought it for
Pretty much there everything stopped while we moved, etc..
Last year, my tomatoes were all in planters, along with
the green peppers.
This year, I got interested in the bales again.
I found that there is a dearth of bales in this area at the moment, and
they could be found from 8.99 to 10.99, UNTIL I stumbled on
some at a lumberyard for 6.50 a bale. I got five.
(took 3 trips)
We put down weed barrier first.
We moved the bales into a square, and... we are planting in the middle, as well.
This is the bottom of the bale, do you see the cut straw
with it's straw-like openings? This is where
the nitrogen is placed, and watered in.
The folded side is put on the bottom for this purpose.
I asked Keith to supervise after a while. He was glad to.
We spread the fifth bale into the middle and around the edges. More about
Today I started the conditioning process:
That's Nitrogen fertilizer spread on top, and
it has to be watered in.
Guess what? The hose doesn't reach.
So, I hauled buckets. It didn't take too long.
Tomorrow, the bales are watered again, and on Saturday,
they are treated with fertilizer again, and watered.
There is a strict formula to follow.
One thing I found is that the straw spread around made it
very hard to water... so I am going to extend that hose
tomorrow or Saturday.
How I wish I still had ducks and could use their enriched pond water for these bales.
These are my only two volunteer tomato plants left. I had them on the floor of the basement...
and mice got them.
I'm protecting these.
I also enrolled in two Facebook Straw Bale Garden groups, and my gosh,
the people could not be any nicer, and are extremely helpful.
Straw Bale Miracle Gardens
Straw Bale Gardening
Both show as closed groups, but just petition and you will be added.
They are so helpful.
I can't leave you without a few pictures from nature:
This morning, I took the dogs to the vet early. As we drove, I could see
two turkey hens coming up a pasture on my right. I slowed down and finally stopped.. but that freaked the first hen out.
How I wish I had been able to jump out of the car.
They are such powerful fliers!
And they are big powerful birds!