Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Yet, Another Straw Bale Gardening Update


Thus far most of the straw bale garden continues to grow. 


The tomatoes are growing well and there are actually tiny tomatoes on this plant.  And yes, those twisty poles are working....


These speckled leaves belong to a Moon and Stars watermelon. 


Our regular plot continues to grow as well. 


,I think the straw bale cucumbers are done for.  Don't know what happened, but they seem to be the only thing that hasn't really grown too well in the straw bale. 

I didn't get all of my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, but quite a bit of my garden is planted with them.  They are heirloom varieties and non-gmo seeds.  They produce an excellent, free catalog each year and are now taking orders for their December shipment.....you can go here to check out their website and get your own catalog...or I should say book because it is that big.  

31 comments:

  1. Looks great. Strange about the cucmbers. They usually grow just about anywhere.

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  2. I hope everyones July 4 was a good and safe one. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa

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  3. Your garden looks like it is very healthy. I got that beautiful catalog for the first time this spring,you are right calling it a book. Most all of our garden is non GMO this year as well. Have a great day.

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  4. Your garden looks like it is very healthy. I got that beautiful catalog for the first time this spring,you are right calling it a book. Most all of our garden is non GMO this year as well. Have a great day.

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  5. Our garden is doing fine and somehow we have managed to keep the deer out.

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  6. Glad your experiment's working. I don't know why your cucumbers are having a hard time, especially if the watermelon's okay. I just know I'm jealous because we've only managed to raise watermelon to maturity once--usually the frost takes it first. We've given up.

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  7. Thanks for the update. I had not heard of this til you. I can be taught things, you know. hahahaha!

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  8. My straw bale garden never happened this year but I am hoping for next year. My regular garden has been neglected but got some love this weekend. My cucumbers are struggling a bit too. Happy Tuesday!

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  9. well if cukes are the only failure, then i'd say it was a good gardening technique.

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  10. I'm enjoying your updates. I'll have to look into that seed catalog. One can never have too many, right?

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  11. You're so lucky to have such a nice garden. Here in Oregon our Spring was so cold and wet that we just a few days ago got some clear warm days. So, guess I need to find a nice farmer's market!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. I decided to grow my lone cucumber plant in an old washer stand. Doing pretty well, so far. :)

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  13. Our cucumbers were a little slow to get going this year, but they have finally taken off and started flowering. Maybe yours will do the same?

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  14. Heirloom seeds are a great choice. It feels good to stand out against the big bland seed companies.

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  15. My cucumbers got a very slow start this year as well...they seem to be doing better now and growing fast...it's weird how that works sometimes. Your garden looks great!

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  16. Nice rundown, Farmchick. I would love to help you with your failed cukes, but I am a city boy and know nothing . . .

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  17. I just found your blog. I've been so curious about the straw bale gardening concept. I'll look forward to watching how yours progresses. Your regular garden looks awesome!

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  18. I enjoy seeing the produce growing from the bales of hay...I think this is such a neat way of growing things..
    Thanks for sharing...
    shug

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  19. Everything looks great! Weird about the cucumbers, though. I planted a row of sugar snap peas along my fence and only one half came up. Sometimes you just can't explain why some things don't grow. Sigh.

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  20. So glad your straw bale garden is doing so well. Do you have to water the bales daily to keep them from drying out?

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  21. Your garden looks great! I love how you repurposed the straw. My container gardening was slow to get moving this year and i just transplanted them in hopes of saving them now that i have dirt to play in. Yay to no GMO's, i am already planning for my fall and winter seeds. Here's wishing you a bountiful harvest!

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  22. FARMCHICK -- your fruit trees and vegetables look great. Read your weekend post about growing birdhouse gourds -- they will be beautiful -- barbara

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  23. Looks like an amazing garden!

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  24. Since I told my son about your straw bale garden, he has been looking in to it and I think he will try it next year. Looks like yours has been sucessful. Well except for the cucs. I will pass on the info about the Baker Creek
    Heirloom Seed Catalog/book. thanks for shariing.

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  25. What an idea. I will try it next year.

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  26. beautiful pic
    fresh and green

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  27. I'm watching your straw bale garden with interest- I'm seriously considering it for next year. It seems like such a good idea! I've found that cucumbers can be a bit finicky, anywhere you plant them. :)

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  28. I'm watching your strawbale garden closely too! I'm looking at doing it this Spring!

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  29. Your garden looks great. We have only grown potatoes in straw bales they worked wonderfully. B

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  30. Just stumbled across your blog :) I too planted to Moon & Stars Watermelon seeds from Bakers Creek [for the first time] and noticed that the leaves are spotted. I was wondering if they were supposed to be since the melons will be :)

    I have never heard about this planting in a straw bale before...interesting!

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