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Straw Bale Garden, June 28, 2015

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DSC_0129Our Minnesota weather is turning warm and humid, great growing conditions. The pea and pumpkin seeds I poked into the straw bales a couple weeks ago are growing big and strong. I consulted with the gardening expert, my mom, and she told me that peas, pumpkins, any viney plants like that – cucumbers, melons, etc. – don’t transplant well, so she doesn’t recommend doing starts indoors like we do with tomatoes and peppers. They do need to be started indoors a couple months before planting because they take so long to produce their fruit. She says we still have time to plant more radish seeds (they didn’t come up). I plan to put them into random bales that aren’t as full. I also put the extra tomato plants into some of the open spaces in the bales. They’re quite full, now!

 

Straw bale garden, June 28, 2015

Straw bale garden, June 28, 2015

Look how tall these potato plants are getting!

Look how tall these potato plants are getting!

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View of the east side of the house. Marigolds, tomato plants, and sunflowers at the back.

View of the east side of the house. Marigolds, tomato plants, and sunflowers at the back.

 

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The wild flowers I planted here are getting taller. I’m excited to see what flowers and colors they produce. I like the different heights and the mystery (to me) of what they’ll be.

 

 

  1. Mary, Mary, quite contrary, this is how your garden grows! 🙂 (You’re not contrary, though…)

  2. Mary, Mary, not so contrary, so this is how your garden grows! 🙂 It’s fun to watch. Looking good, girl!

  3. Lovely! I’m enjoying a bountiful harvest of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and the tomatoes are starting to form! I’m growing summer squash, cukes, and peppers, too. Peppers are temperamental here in the Pacific Northwest, but we’re having a warmer than normal summer, so it should be a good year for them.

    • Mary Aalgaard
      Mary Aalgaard says:

      Your garden sounds delicious! We have some voluntary raspberries in the front, of all places. I would like to have more berries. Yum.

  4. It’s looking awesome! Thanks for keeping us updated on the progress. I’m terrible at taking pictures of my garden.

    Always put it off until it’s too late.

    • Mary Aalgaard
      Mary Aalgaard says:

      I’m recording this for us, too. I want to see the progress and remember what worked and what didn’t for next year. Also, it builds the anticipation.

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