To those considering straw bale gardening, My wife has a customer that she has done several projects for. The woman is an avid gardener and went to a seminar which included info on straw bale gardens. She was very enthused to give it a try, but after the first year had enough of that novelty.
Bogtown, if you were at the Jack Meade gun club for the trap competition I likely heard every shot your son took. It is approx. a mile and a half from my place with the wind normally in my direction.
Ralphie, depending on how late you are hatching those EEs this spring I may be a buyer for some of the pullets?
Oh I'm so sorry Ed....Yes that was us. . DS shot 75 times. His team has 28 boys and 2 girls. Some shot 100 times. And I believe there was 15-20 teams there. 75-100 x 30 (on average) x 15-20. That's alot of noise. All day long. LOL. Avid as I am for my son to be in this ...I would not want to be neighbor to a gun range. So with my Sincerest regrets we added to the mayhem....that day. And the Wind was blowing holy H-E- double hockey sticks off the lake.
Well that's what I'm a bit worried about...is these decomposing bales the next year and it not being such an elegant way to garden...I must say...the bales seem a tidge unsightly. And around my house I do like a few aesthetics...if I'm putting in the effort of a garden for yard improvement AND food. Maybe I'll just do those raised beds up in my retaining wall that I talked about last year.
I did the straw bale 'thing' one year. Wasn't impressed. Then I have seen some wonderful Straw Bales and they look so good. I was reconsidering trying it again in a different area with more sun. They can look okay IF the posts are at each end to hold it together. Its fun to see them in yards when they are working out well. I threw all the composting bales into the regular garden. Tomorrow I want to release the chickens on my garden and let them have at it. It is a raised bed - 10 x 20 -
in my front yard (because I get six hours of sunlight there. Getting anxious. And the seed talk is mesmerizing - love ready it.