Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hay Bale Gardening


So I have prepped my hay bails and today I decided to plant my first plant in them. First I would need to open a space inside the hay bails and place compost inside the holes of the hay bails. For the past week and a half I have watered the hay bales everyday and I have added ammonium nitrate to the bales the past few days during watering. I have noticed that the interior of the hay bales have been decaying turning very dark. I guess this is how it works. I don't know, this is all experimental at this point. Second; I have placed my watermelon plants inside the bales (two per bale) and covered the top with more compost and dirt mixture on top of the bale itself and began to water. From my research, watermelon requires alot of water and supposedly the bales are great for all melon type plants. We will see. Hopefully they will grow into a bountiful crop and I can cut into a sweet melon this summer. I can only wish. More to follow

4 comments:

Sue said...

This is so interesting to me....I can't wait to see how it turns out.Best of luck!

ATW said...

Thanks sue. I am game to anything new and that requires little space. As of now the Watermelon are still standing tall and looking good. im going to be real busy this summer so my wife is going to have to keep me updated.

Ruralrose said...

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ATW said...

Ruralrose- Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to chime in anytime; we love to learn things from everybody:)