Thursday, April 10, 2014

Seedling Planting on Straw Bales, & Strawberry Plants



Straw Bale Update
This time we’re planting seedlings inside the straw bales, leaving plenty of room for the seedlings to grow.

I was going to use a knife to cut into each bale, when Bulldog Man suggested using his hole saw to create the holes.  






Once the holes were created, soil was placed into each hole.  Then each seedling was placed inside the hole on top of the soil, and then additional soil was placed around each tomato plant.

After planting the seedlings, we placed a plastic curtain on the wire lines previously strung (see last post).  We placed clothes pins on each end of the curtain to secure it shut.  It looks like a miniature green house for the seedlings. 

When the temperatures are warmer at night, I will remove the curtain.  Until then, the curtain will remain pulled closed each night, and pulled open during the day time hours.


I hope this experiment really pans out, and we get a large harvest of vegetables from it.

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Bulldog Man and I picked up a large galvanized tub to plant some strawberries.  I drilled holes for water drainage in the bottom of this tub, once done; I flipped it over and placed coffee filters to help prevent the soil from escaping through the drain holes.  We loaded the tub with good soil, planted the new strawberries, and layered straw up under each strawberry plant to prevent snails and slugs from going after the plants.






Has the weather in your area allowed you to start planting for spring yet?

22 comments:

  1. Sandy, your hubby's hole saw was a stroke of genius. I like the new header, too.

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    1. And by the way, our ground is still frozen solid. The frost line is around 50" deep, this time of year.

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    2. Rev Paul,

      I have to agree with you my friend, hubby save me some work here by using his hole saw :-)

      It's going to be a while before you can plant outside. Have you gotten a head start and planted inside?

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    3. Thanks Rev Paul, I liked this picture so much and decided it will be my new header page.

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  2. I am not even going to think about planting anything that cannot with stand a frost until at least May. Our last frost date isn't until Mid May as it is and I am betting this year we will get some late frosts. In fact there is one forecast for Monday night again. I have 72 Tomato plants growing inside though and about 12 peppers. Everything else will be planted direct come May.

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    1. PP,

      72 tomato plants inside, how cool!!! We've started planting in the ground. Were expecting a freeze next week, I have plastic to place over everything and buckets to cover plants.
      I guess you're hoping May hurry's up and gets here?

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  3. Very neat and clean. I bet you guys will be loaded with vegetables. I use small lime rock in the bottom of my clay pots for drainage.

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    1. Stephen,

      I try to keep it neat because there's so much planted around these bales, and I don't need any messes to clean up later. Lime rock is a good filler for the pots to cover the drain holes in the bottom.

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  4. WOW that is a great idea Bulldog had made things much quicker I am sure. Oh I am loving this experiment of yours. Lots of veggies coming your way. I am looking out the window looking at mud and still some snowbanks so a little while longer her. Hug B

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    1. B,

      Yes, it was a great idea. Saved my fingers from digging after using a knife. So far I'm loving this experiment because I don't have to get down on my knees to plant things. I'm hoping for a large harvest on these vegetables this year. Oh soon sweetie the snow will be gone, and you be able to play in the dirt (garden).
      Hugs to you B

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  5. I have planted some strawberries, lettuce, chard, onions and garlic so far...plans for much, much more towards the end of April..typically our last frost is April 15th, but the past year or so we have been fooled so I am going to play it safe and wait just a bit longer this year...

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    1. HL,

      You've got a great start to your garden. I've also planted lettuce, chard, onions, and garlic. I see signs of lettuce, and chard but no signs yet for onions or garlic. This year I'm prepared with buckets and plastic to cover in case of a frost. I've been watching the weather daily too.

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  6. Sandy,

    You've really gotten a good start. Can't wait to see how your straw bale tomatoes produce!

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    1. DFW,

      Thanks girl!!!! I can't wait to see how things turn out myself.
      I'm having a hard time waiting patiently :-)

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  7. Sweet Sandy - give that BullDog Man a big man bump from jam - that was brilliant! i am sooo happy that you are getting stuff in the ground, or should i say bales - bahahahahah! i have started my tomatoes and peppers in the house and we have spent the last few days making dirt - sifting compost, manure, and crushed seaweed. i have a pile of pots and whatnot ready in the greenhouse and hopefully it will be sunny tomorrow and i can start some lettuces and cold weather stuff. make sure to keep us updated on your bales and lots more pics please! you know i love the pics! much love to all of you!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      I gave Bulldog Man a hand bump and said it was from Jambaloney :-)
      Fantastic, you've started your tomatoes and peppers, and now you're making your dirt for the greenhouse.

      I will make sure to take plenty of pictures and post them on my blog. Tomorrow, I get to cover everything because Tuesday morning were expecting a freeze.

      Hugs and love to you both!

      Your Friend,
      Sandy

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  8. I have no doubt you will be please with the bales - as will the plants. The look so cozy under that plastic. I tilled up the garden today and thought about how far ahead of me you are. I like your header photo. Reminds me of Wyoming - where my heart resides.

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    1. Michaele,

      I'm excited and can't wait for a healthy harvest from the straw bales.
      The plants are cozy!!!! Tomorrow, I have more to cover because were expecting a frost. Congratulations on tilling up your garden, I remember you questioning of whether or not you were going to put one in. Thank you, I really like this header too. I'm a big fan of Wyoming, hubby was born in Casper :-)

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  9. What a great strawberry tub! Actually, your garden looks smashing. Here's hoping for an abundant year for us all.

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    1. Leigh,

      Thank you!!! I tried to get some more of those tubs. Went to Atwoods where I originally purchased the first, and they sold out :-(
      I'm looking forward to an abundant year!!!!!

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  10. Sandy
    I can't wait to see how this all works out for you!

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