Hay Bale Garden 2
So I told you I’m going to try a hale bale garden this year because we are renting our house and I can’t plant a garden and of course I like to be difficult! Why plant in the pots you already have when you can try something new, right?!? 😉 My husband loves it!
After going through The Idiots Guide to Hay Bale Gardening it takes about 2 weeks to prep the bales, which is about the same amount of time for most of my seedlings to come up. And with a possible frost this weekend or early next week I decided to wait until we got back from our Spring Break trip to get started. It is a simple prep though; 1 Cup of 10-10-10 all purpose fertilizer on completely saturated hay bales every other day for 2 weeks. The first week seems pretty simple, at about day 8 though you have to start paying attention to the internal temperature of the bale, because it is basically decomposing in a controlled fashion.
I have enough space for cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, zucchini, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots and just because the book said it should sustain corn, I got some of those seeds too! Second Harvest also sent me a packet of carrot seeds to grow and donate!
I like the Burpee brand of seeds, I have never had any trouble with seeds growing and they are non-GMO and to my knowledge not affiliated with some big takeover seed companies that will remain nameless here!😉. I buy Organic as much as possible and use as much compost as possible to keep the veggies I grow at home as clean as possible.