Little by little

So I’m trying this straw bale gardening this year. It’s kind of like using raised beds without having to make them. You have to prep the bales with fertilizer to make them start breaking down, to make them a good substrate for growth. That’s actually been going better than I expected — I can see them browning up nicely in spots, and a couple weeds have started sprouting.

The few seedlings remaining are out in the garage — wilting horribly in the 80+ heat we’re having this week. If I can keep them alive long enough, they’re going  into the bales Friday evening, along with new seeds for the ones that don’t (or haven’t) survived. Should be lots of fun for my daughter and I!

The bales will probably look overplanted by most gardening standards, but I’m a firm belief in square foot gardening. I’m looking forward to the harvest, as well as all the time spent with my daughter along the way.

What’s good in your life this Monday?

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  1. Ashe Elton Parker

    Good luck with the garden!

  2. Good luck with the seedlings. Last year, my hubby had to go through three rounds of seedlings before one survived (late snow, early heat, etc.) but gardening with the kids is how he got started :).

    • I remember his posts on FB.

      I’ve been wanting raised beds since before the girl was born; I’ve grown veggies off and on since I was a kid. (We had zucchini — lots and lots of it. And corn that got smut on it.) In Davis, we had a garden patch, and I had a knot herb garden.

      I love gardening. It’s something I got from my mom.

  3. Kathleen Hammond

    I think your mom got it from her parents. Flowers from her mom. Veggies from her dad. I could be wrong, of course.

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