Monthly Archives: August 2011

Baled out…..



I have to report a particular disappointment – the straw bales. To save some space in the kitchen garden, I tried to grow squashes and courgettes in bales. Despite feeding and watering them constantly, the plants are looking very poorly, making the experiment for this year at least, a failure. Thankfully I planted squashes in containers filled with my home made compost and I did have some room for 3 plants in the kitchen garden, I can report that these plants are growing well. I feel that with the hot early spring weather followed by the near drought conditions experienced here it is difficult to decide on the reason for the failure. This means that to be a real trial, I need to repeat the exercise next year and see if I can do better.