I was gone over the weekend, and I came back to an explosion of growth in my vining seed trays! I mean, LOOK at this! They only have to get a tad bigger before I'll start transplanting them into the straw bales. I'll make mounds of soil for them to grow out of though, no … Continue reading Plan B Is in Progress!
My compost thermometer finally arrived, and you KNOW I immediately upon unboxing ran outside and tested my straw bales. These ones, as a reminder: Anywho, they were ALL over 100 degrees, and two topped out at the goal temperature of 140 degrees! They're peaking, so as they cool a little I'll be able to plant … Continue reading 140 Degrees for the WIN!
The first three green stalks are up and ready! The brown ones are leafs and the white one is an original. Up close, you can see how the planting areas nest: I have four more to fill, and I have to clear the existing beds, but then I'll be ready to plant once it warms … Continue reading Setting Up for Spring!
The straw bales we ended up with were huge. Ridiculously huge. And it was immediately obvious that when they started to break down they were going to make a huge mess. So, we wrapped them in chicken wire! Which, I'm sure my UPS driver hates me. We had tires delivered the other week as well … Continue reading We Have Contained the Straw Bales!
This year, I'm straw bale gardening, because I want to grow a TON of potatoes. You know, because End of the World, and I like potatoes. My plan was straightforward: Buy straw balesEnlist help for physical labor.Pick up straw bales.Place straw bales.Condition straw.Profit.Me. And it was a disaster from the start. First, I could NOT … Continue reading Straw Bale Disaster