|The bale before planting|
So last time we checked in with my straw bale garden project there were some major weed issues going on. Sadly, I had to pluck out most of what was growing and plant some veggie starts from the garden center.
The beets and carrots I started from seed directly into the soil were doing great. The rest of it all, not so great. I had to weed out pretty much everything else. That’s okay though, never one to give up I planted brussels sprouts, lettuce and swiss chard starts into the soil.
Things seem to be thriving now. I still have some onions and different lettuce varieties to transplant into the soil
|Bounty of Brussels Sprouts|
Up top in the straw bale portion there were more lessons to be learned. I had tried to direct sow lettuce seeds right into the straw. I couldn’t figure out why nothing was sprouting. Then I realized all the birds out on my front lawn probably ate them all. So I went ahead and planted some lettuce starts into the straw bale.
|Radiant Red Leaf Lettuce|
Some survived, some did not. I’m sure a few got plucked out by rabbits (since they disappeared) and a few just died which is to be expected.
My strawberry patch is growing quite nicely too. I have 10 plants on the go with tiny berries forming
So to summarize, mistakes made that shall not be made again:
- Only use manure that has been hot composted or your garden will be overrun with WEEDS
- Direct seed sowing is best for root veggies, other veggies should be started indoors in seed trays (duh. I should know this but you know, I seem to always do things the hard way)
- Protect your little plants from wildlife and bugs. They will get gobbled up!
I’m sure a lot of new gardeners make these kinds of mistakes. But there’s only one way to learn right? So, what have you got growing? Care to share any successes or failures in the comments?