Saturday, August 10, 2013

On Straw Bale Gardening

I am not a gardener.
I've said it before and I will say it again.
I am not a gardener.  I get tired just looking at the weeds and what the bugs do to my attempts is always nasty, but this year I tried something different.  I was very excited about Straw Bale Gardening   I bought the book.  I studied the book.  I did exactly as the book says.  I planted pickling cucumbers among other things.  I saw lots of blooms on the bale that had them, but never thought to look for cucumbers - even tho' the book said they could grow 4-5" in one day.  So this morning I thought I would just check.  Do these look like little pickles to you?  I told you I was not a gardener.  They totally got away from me but I picked nine of these and put most of them in a salad for lunch.  They are awesome.  I couldn't quite believe how FRESH things taste right out of the garden.  I think I will watch them a little closer now and may even get some little ones for my Sweet Refrigerator Pickles.


  1. Mmmm. Those look good. Pickling cucumbers in the summer are my fav. They are always so fresh and tasty and CRUNCHY. Glad you checked and found a little harvest and that you enjoyed them. For all the blood, sweat and tears (and mosquito bites you got), I hope your bales will yield more cuces and other vegies soon. Keep watch. Hee. :)

  2. I will say this. "They sure do know how to hide". I went out this evening and found another fat big one. I will be checking often now.

  3. LOL, our green beans seem to be a bit like that. One day there were none, the next day they were ready to pick, or so I would have said.
    I've been looking out for little cucumbers to make your pickles again! They were delicious.