It’s Summer Today!

Paul and I tried an experiment this year with strawbale gardening. It’s really fascinating.

Our soil is really not so great in this area so we decided to try this method since we wanted to try and grow some vegetables this year.

So far we’ve put in some tomato, pepper, cucumber, pumpkin, watermelon plants. You can put about 16 plants per bale and we’ve got two.

Here’s the website talking about it:

Paul and Belle Amie working hard:

Paul’s still working but Jade decides she needs a break.

We did have to put some netting around it because Paul kept having to push the dog off the bales. Belle Amie knows in her head she’s as big as any other dog but sometimes she has to prove it to the other dogs by jumping on the furniture or whatever’s handy (in this case the straw bale) and telling them about it.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Here’s a song to celebrate summer:



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 19:20:39

    It seems very similar to No Dig Gardening, the process I have been using for the past five or more years.
    I hope you have as much (or more) success with your gardening as I do. I love my beans freshly picked, and silverbeet quiche. Yum! 🙂


  2. curiocat
    Jun 22, 2010 @ 17:30:05

    Thanks! I’m looking forward to some home grown tomatoes. It’s been fun and if it works out we will be doing more next year.

    What have you been growing?


  3. Diane
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 04:52:58

    Tomatoes, zucchini, rockmelon, silverbeet, beans, capsicum, pumpkin, etc. some summer and some winter. Also got citrus trees, (4), herbs such as spearmint, birds eye chilli (hot), parsley, etc. Tried corn but too hot in summer here. Mostly things that are easy to grow and cost a lot in the fruit & veg shop. I freeze excess or preserve (bottle) and use during the other seasons like tomatoes whole or made into sauce, passionfruit pulp, orange juice, etc. Mostly it is fun trying to grow different varieties of vegs and eating them. Oh, I do grow potatoes in bales of straw or sugar cane mulch, although they don’t get as large as the potatoes grown in the earth.


  4. curiocat
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 17:58:47

    My goodness that’s alot. Sounds tasty. Sugar can mulch? Is that sugar you can use to sweeten desserts, etc? I’ve been thinking about trying herbs, do you grow yours in pots in the house?


    • Diane
      Jun 24, 2010 @ 21:06:47

      No. All herbs in gardens. Pots dry out too much, when I forget to water them. 🙂
      The sugar cane mulch is the left over product when the sugar has been squeezed out. Similar to straw bales, but straw is thinner. Rots down well, but I still add manure, lime, blood & bone, etc to build up the gardens. I also compost all veg peels from kitchen and lawn clippings, tree branches, etc.


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