It is Friday and Fridays are for fun and it is still summer but Monday is Labor day.
I have not had a vacation this year other than a few imagination vacations and some lovely evenings spent on the front porch reading.
As I look back on the last six months I realize I have learned a lot. Too many things to cover in one blog post. One of the highlights of my summer has been my experiment with staw bail gardening.
I had my regular garden and the experimental garden that I planted in four straw bales, two of which turned out to be mostly hay while the other two were mostly straw.
The straw bails are easy to weed and there isn’t any digging involved and not much weeding. They needed to be seasoned for about ten days by getting them wet and adding some fertilizer until they started to decompose.
Once they cool down a bit it is time to start planting. There are many web pages dedicated to straw bale gardening. Ask Google for more detailed instructions.
My cucumbers were huge, my tomatoes were late, the beets are still smallish but they can definitely be grown in a straw bale. My peppers did well and are very hot and I grew the largest rosemary plant I have ever grown. I grew some marigolds in the bales for some color and one nasturtium which was almost impossible to keep alive.
The bales require less care than a regular garden. They need water and plant food. I also fed the plant coffee grounds and leftover coffee and tea.
I’ll do it again next year but I am going to see if I can find better straw.