I hear it’s snowing on the East Coast.
Here in Northern California…
San Joaquin Valley
GRAPE & WINE COUNRTY
We have had rain!
If you don’t know…we are in a drought!
It has rained ONLY ON THE WEEKENDS!
The sun is out on SATURDAY!
For hubby and I
It’s time to GARDEN!
Now every year
we start our own seeds.
Here is our newest hothouse.
(Last year we made our own…too big!)
This year we went for a smaller version.
This way we can start seeds,
when they become seedlings we can plant the seedlings, and then,
we can start MORE!
Can you see the upside-down water bottle?
Cut off the bottom & fill..
Keep it full…humidifies the hothouse.
My own little “rainforest” 🙂
Each little “pod” has seeds ready to grow!
This year we have
nasturiums ( need flowers for BEES!)
BEES are a gardner’s friend!
We already have a few tomatoes ready, some zucchini squash, and yellow squash.
Here are my BEFORE garden pics.
Don’t judge! 🙂
Wait until you see them LATER!
Onions are doing well…BUT the rest?
WOW! Let’s get to work!
Ick! Needs some HELP!
WAIT! That’s NOT a garden..it’s a bale of STRAW!
We are trying something new this year.
GOOGLE “STRAW GARDEN”..
Hmm…you “condition” bales of straw for about 2 weeks
PLANT RIGHT IN THE BALES!
The conditioning makes “STERILE” SOIL for the plants!
Bigger & Better yields!
We shall see.
If it works? We get more.
If NOT? We have A LOT of compost!
Either way…we are OK!
I will let you know how it goes!
Here is some of our produce from LAST YEAR..
We shall see…
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Gardening already? I'm so jealous! Perennials are definitely popping up here in NJ, but we still have risk of frost for another month and a half. I hadn't heard of gardening in straw bales … have to check that out!
Thanks for sharing, Wendy!
Linda at Primary Inspiration
I love this post, Wendy! I have two square foot gardens just off my patio. I was just telling my husband this morning that I am behind on getting my lettuce out. I think it's a wonderful idea to have a lesson that teaches your kids about gardening…love it! Thanks for sharing.