We headed over to Home Depot today and bought several large bags of organic fine seeding soil for direct sowing seed to the top of our straw bales and some seedlings. Per my granddaughters request I bought four strawberry plants, they already have strawberries! I read you can transplant your old plants to new bales every spring and the new runners that are produced through the year.
I decided to plant oregano, thyme, broad leaf culinary sage, cilantro, french double dwarf marigolds, and nasturtiums as bedding plants. I spent most of the day digging up beds in our front yard for my herbs. I also will plant some of my tobacco seeds, humming birds love them and they make a lovely very tall bedding plant.
I will be planting carrots, beets, cucumbers, pumpkin, Turkish Turban Squash, Blue Hubbard Squash, potatoes, lettuce, spinach, collards, Kale chard, cabbage, water melon, musk melon, pole beans, bok choi, and some more tomatoes in my straw bales. I will use the extra seedlings in other areas of my front yard….I have so much to plant I am going to use up the front yard, I am turning it into one big garden.
I had a lovely next-door lady tell my daughter she wants to buy fresh eggs and produce from us. I will give our neighbors free produce and share what eggs we have. This will be a nice way to introduce gardening and backyard chickens to our neighborhood.