Rebecca (Becky) Owen
Listed in United States
- 6040 Carthage Hwy Lebanon Tennessee USA
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- This will be my third year having a strawbale garden. I started off by buying your book and then having my first strawbale garden. My husband was skeptical at first..”Your going to do what?” So I started with 15 bales and believe me he was impressed. Last year I had thirty bales and still had a successful garden. Strawbale gardening has been such a positive experience for me. At the end of the season I am thinking “is this ever going to end ?” It is a garden that keeps on giving. To me that is a wonderful problem to have.
I mostly grow tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, watermelons, cantaloupe, spaghetti squash, herbs and of course flowers.
The biggest problem I seem to have is over planting my bales. Even though your book says I can plant two tomatoes per bale it seems they do so well they become crowded. This year I am going to do one per bale with smaller plants on the side.
It is a learning process, but I really have felt fortunate to have found this method. I have been able to can and freeze enough food for me and husband to last for the year. This year I am looking forward to even a larger garden to mostly give food away to family, friends and neighbors.
With the talk of having so many areas that are “food deserts” I would love to see this type of garden started in those areas. You know the saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I believe that is what we are doing, just giving fish when we need to teach them how to fish. Okay off my soapbox now.
Like I have stated this will be my third year and I am going to try to reuse my bales from last year by compressing them and retreating them as instructed. I will get new bales also so this will be another adventure in gardening. Looking forward to learning and helping people with this process.