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Update Straw Bale Gardening
On day 11, check the temperature of the straw bales. The temperature needs to be 99 degrees or lower. Continue to water the bale as normal daily (if you’re not familiar with the entire process go here to read it in my blog post).
I checked the temperature of my straw bales, it was below 99 degrees. My bales registered at or close to 86 degrees each.
Bulldog Man and I placed T-Posts on the ends of the straw bales. We ran wire from one T-Post to another. The first wire was about 12 inches from the top of the straw bale. The next wire was set 12 inches from the first, and the final 12 additional inches from the second wire. This wire was setup from two purposes. The first, as a line to run a piece of plastic to cover the entire straw bale to act as a protector from the cold, and to provide the atmosphere of a green house. The second, as each plant grows it can be used as a potential trellis for the plants to climb on.
|Put T-Posts In|
Next, I piled up soil between the drip lines and packed down the soil to prevent it from falling down. I then gently watered the soil until it formed a nice hill.
|Packed Dirt and Ran Wire|
|Add Plastic Over Wire, Move to One Side Like Curtain|
Then it was time to plant my seeds. I planted peas in these two straw bales. After planting the seeds, I again watered the soil hill gently, and then pulled the plastic curtain across the two straw bales securing the ends and sides to make sure to protect the soil hill from the wind.
I have my drip lines setup on a timer, to water
twice a day for twenty minutes. Now I
can leave this plastic on in the morning, or I can slide the plastic across the
wire and tie the plastic up on one end of the straw bales (like a curtain)
until later in the evening.
|Planted Seeds and Pulled Plastic Curtain Across Bales, and Secured Ends|
The other straw bales will be planted with actual seedlings over the weekend.
Today, I also planted some tomatoes and broccoli in a garden box. I made sure to add tomato towers and bird netting to keep the birds out of the garden box. As you can see, the bird netting was just balled up and tied temporarily. Over the weekend, this will be cut back and tied down properly.
|Tomato Plant From Farmers Market (Lemon Boy)|
|Tomato Plant From Farmers Market (Pineapple)|
|Broccoli Planted and Bird Netting Need Fixing|
I also added a string trellis to one of the large garden beds for something for the green beans to climb on when they pop out of the soil.
A blogger friend of mine, Micheale over at Sprout ‘n’ Wings Farm asked me about being able to cut my grass now. I will say this; I’ve cut the grass a total of 3 times since spring came into season. With the snow gone and the rain here, our grass is growing like weeds. And our weeds are growing like grass!!!