6/19/17

How Does Your Garden Grow?



Hay Bale Gardening......have you guys ever heard of it?  I had heard the term once or twice, but really wasn't familiar with it until the Mister decided to try a small garden of his own using this simple process.  




He began by purchasing nine bales of hay.  He placed them on thick black plastic to not only define the area, but to keep any grass or weeds from growing between the bales themselves.

The first step in this process was to prepare the bales themselves.  This is done by adding blood meal, fertilizer, and water to the bales and allowing them to go through a heat to begin composting within.  This process took about two weeks.


                                                                                                                                                         
Once that's done, you're ready to plant.  The Mister chose to plant a couple varieties of tomatoes, squash, peppers, and egg plant,



He tried planting seeds in top soil across the tops of two bales, but didn't have much success with them germinating. He blamed it on bad seeds and problems with the lizards eating the seeds.  So small plants were used on the other bales and they did very well.

He also used a soaker hose to water the plants. Not only does it water the plants more thoroughly, it saves you the trouble of having to baby sit the water hose....and that's always a good idea ;)



The small plants really took off!







Squash

Egg Plant

Peppers



 We are looking forward to our summer harvest!  I plan on enjoying many tomato sandwiches, fried green tomatoes, squash, and homemade salsa all summer long!  Fried egg plant's pretty good too!

You've got to give hay bale gardening a try if you haven't already.  Especially if you don't have a large space to plant or need to do something more like container gardening. And let me know how it goes!

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