This blog is an update on the straw bale garden in my backyard. I’m using Joel Karsten’s book Straw Bale Gardening for guidelines. I admit I haven’t followed the directions to a T, but am seeing results. After 5 weeks of initiating the oh-so-important microbial party by inoculating and watering, the bales will be ready for planting next week.
So far, the total cost of this 6 bale garden is roughly $75. This includes the costs of the bales, nutrient additions, and irrigation bits.
Last week of January – Added 3 cups of blood meal to each bale, used a firepoker to make holes, and watered. Watered every day.
First week of February – Added 3 cups of blood meal to each bale, watered. Noticed green sprouts from 2 bales, must be some leftover hay seed. Watered every day.
Second week of February – Added 3 cups of blood meal to each bale, watered. Bales are warm! The doves are dozing on
top of them in the mornings. Watered every day.
Third week of February – Added 3 cups of blood meal to each bale, watered. Only watered on days it didn’t rain. Bales are no longer hot to the touch; microbial activity may have slowed due to cool rain and weather.
Fourth week of Feburary – Added 1.5 cups of bone meal and 1.5 cups of wood each to each bale, watered. Finally figured out how to do this with a baby!