|First day after nitrogen application, and things are heating up nicely.|
|Former potato row. Note collapsing bales behind the wheelbarrow, and new bales to the right of the wheelbarrow.|
|Front: 15 decomposing bales. Rear: 12 brand new bales just starting the conditioning process.|
I've also decided to grow potatoes, a crop that likes to reseed itself from year to year, in a raised planter box. This spring I built one out of cedar and redwood and I'm hopeful the potatoes will like it. The bonus was that I could use some of the partially decomposed straw as a growing medium, which the potatoes love, and was much lighter than potting soil.
|New potato bin. I found a set of plans on eHow and |
It's still early in our coastal mountain growing season here, but I'm impatient to see what this new crop of bales can do. The sunflowers and zinnias are in the ground for summertime cutting, and the marigolds will go in the bales. Some of the nasturtiums I planted the first year have naturalized on the ground, and I'm hoping they recover from the beating they took by the wheelbarrow during the removal process. I had also planted some dahlias and rudbeckias, in the bales and they are in temporary pots until the new bales are ready for planting in a couple of weeks. They definitely loved life in the bales.
I hope to keep you updated as things progress this year!