|I think I was recalling the bucolic vineyards in New Zealand that have roses planted at the ends of the rows. Why not marigolds to attract beneficial insects?|
So what have we accomplished since the last time? Everything! Well, not quite. I still need to put in the irrigation. But I've installed the vertical structure for the tall things in two of the four rows of 3 bales where support will be needed. There's a ginormous structure for the tomatoes made from salvaged aluminum conduit and wire fencing. I did the prescribed straw bale garden fence using metal fence posts, a salvaged 2 x 4 top beam, and fencing wire for the beans and cukes. I can tell you with certainty that the my new fence post driver is elbowing the leaf blower out of the top spot as my favorite tool. That danged thing got a fence post in our hard clay ground faster than a speeding bullet - so much so that it's actually shorter than I'd like right now. Get one - much safer than swinging a sledge hammer too.
|Fence Post Driver. Hole on the bottom, solid and weighted at the top. Fits right over fence post and you'll never miss it when you swing.|
|Holy Tomato Tower Batman!!|
|Beans and cukes.|
The potatoes were planted about 2-3 weeks ago (late for around here, but I'm hopeful) and some very healthy looking leaves are already poking out of the tops of the bales. At the same time I planted some onion seedlings, and for those I added a little more soil to help keep the very tiny sprouts moist until they got larger.
|Potatoes - YES!|
As soon as my muscles recover and I get some time I'm going to hook up the irrigation - I'm going to run 1/2" poly tubing supply lines to each of the rows where it will connect to the soaker hose segments.
OK, that's the garden update for today. Even though the hard part is nearly done I'll be posting updates as things grow. I'm planning to make another batch of worm compost tea (the aerated kind) very soon, as liquid fertilizer is best for this gig and I'm keen to do it again.