Thus far my straw bale project seems to be going smoothly. Everything has sprouted, even the tomatoes. They had been lagging behind just a bit and I was starting to get worried.
I will say that I have had a bit of grass try and grow through the straw bale, but it it very simple to just pluck it out. No garden hoe needed!
A special thanks goes out to Bernie who sent me an encouraging e-mail about starting this garden project. He was even kind enough to send a picture of his tomatoes growing in a straw bale. Thanks Bernie, I appreciated it!
On a different note, our baby birds did not make it. We were all sad that it didn't work out, especially my daughter. But, I found a new surprise in the other fern on the front porch.
It looks to be another Chipping Sparrow nest with just one egg this time. We are hopeful for different results this time.