This is our broccoli coming up with lettuces under the dome. The second photo is his cold frame and with onions inside.
This is his new thing this year - straw bale gardens - we got an article from a friend at work about doing it this way. It is an inexpensive way to have a raised bed, easy to care for and at the end of the season you have a glorious heap of compost!
In a nut shell the directions are - purchase seed free bales of straw and arrange them on weed free ground. We spread hardware cloth under the bales. You can do it in a square, a single row or double row - whatever fits. Sprinkle the top with granular organic fertilizer and then top with a 2-3 inch deep layer of compost. Water the bales thoroughly for the next ten days using organic liquid fertilizer like kelp meal or fish emulsion every time you water. This 10 day composting period allows the bales to break down, getting them ready for planting. After this period you can plant directly into the bales. We will be planting tomatoes in the single rows.
While hubby is doing all this, I have been planning my flower garden and admiring the spring flowers left in the yard - some late blooming daffodils - with apricot colored centers and others with a double bloom, tiny wood violets, bright forsythia bushes and purple and pink phlox cascading down the retaining wall.
One afternoon we took a garden break, sitting on our front porch and noticed a tiny squirrel quietly hugging a tree branch above us. Some animals leave their young behind while they forage for food - he blended in with the tree - I am surprised we noticed him at all. He stayed there as I took pictures but finally moved around the other side when I got too close. I lost him then.
His folks frequent our feeders daily - soon he will be joining them!
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