It's been two weeks now that I've been conditioning our straw bales for this year's vegetable garden. Some of the bales have started sprouting grass, which I have read is common. It won't be hard to pull out or trim once it's bigger. For the past week or so I have not added any more fertilizer, but have continued to keep the bales moist with the drip hose.
The temperature of most of the bales is now about the same as the ambient temperature, back down in the 50s. I won't be planting in them for a while, as the safe date here in the coastal range for tomatoes is around mid-May, but I'm going to keep them moist and might see if I can get a little more decomposition going with one last shot of fertilizer.
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