Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Last Straw

My straw bale garden and straw potatoes experiment worked.  We have been enjoying produce from our peas, cucumbers, peppers and herbs.  We dug up a couple of potato plants last week and were pleasantly surprised (not really--I was pretty sure this was going to work) by delicious potatoes.  However, we are going to let the potatoes grow for a few more weeks before we harvest them all.

Here are some photos of the end result . . . I promise, I won't post any more pictures about this garden.  And it is very likely that we won't be gardening at all next year.  While the straw bale garden was much less work than a "regular" garden, we've decided that we may not have a garden at all next year.  Honestly, I have not an ounce of green in my thumbs and find the process of gardening and flower-bedding to be more stress than it's worth.  There are people out there who actually enjoy gardening.  I'm not one of them.  I wish I were, but I'm not.  I've got enough to keep up with in this yard between mowing and trimming grass, and keeping on top of the weeds in my flowerbeds.

Straw potato patch.

Potatoes ready for harvest.

The entire row of straw bales.







More tomatoes

Banana Peppers


Kim said...

Your garden looks great. We may have more in common than we realize. I'm not a gardener either. This year my mother-in-law planted my garden so the boys would have fresh peas and carrots to eat. She also planted some potatoes and corn for me. I have maybe weeded it twice, but that's it. I'm just too busy keeping up with other things. I still love being out on the farm though!

Kimmie said...

Wow, looks like it was an excellent year for your garden.

AND now you get to reap the benefits!

mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

michelle said...

I LOVED seeing pictures of your garden. Reading about your experience has made me want to try straw bale gardening at some point. I had never heard about it until you posted on your blog.