With this straw bale gardening update I am giving you a full view of our garden arrangement. A couple of years ago, Secret Agent Man divided our garden into quadrants with a walkway. At that time we were thinking maybe a couple of raised beds and two quadrants for regular garden plots. However, this year three sections are being used for straw bales and the one regular section is currently growing sunflowers, sweet potatoes, standard potatoes, lettuce, and corn.
Although this photo makes things look so barren, I can assure you everything is sprouted and on its way. And, yes that is a bottle tree in the middle! If you want to know more about bottle trees you can read about them here and here.
The sprouts have been doing well considering we have had temps in the low to mid 90's each day....with no rain. I have been providing water nightly, but nothing beats a good soaking rain.
The watermelon and pumpkin bales seem to be doing the best.
The only problem I have had is that my tomato seeds did not sprout as expected. They were heirloom varieties, so I searched our area and found some heirloom plants. Now we will have pink, yellow, red, and striped tomatoes.
And yes....I am using these crazy metal, swirly poles to stake my tomatoes. Secret Agent Man thinks that real tomatoes don't grow on things like this. We shall see about that.