Sunday, April 18, 2010

Planting Day April 17

Snow Peas and Snap Peas

Planting Peas

Proud Pea Planters

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Scouts pull sprouts

Girl scouts pull sprouts.

These tiny sprouts show that the bales are being kept moist enough!

We found the garden nice and wet today. The sprouts are from leftover seeds in the straw bales. The recommended removal method is snipping them with scissors, but we just pulled them out. This is about as tough as the weeding gets with straw bale gardening! No trouble determining "weeds" at this point as we have not planted any vegetables yet.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Robin Guarding Garden

I stopped by to check on the garden Friday morning and found this robin guarding the tipi.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Bales Have Landed

Saturday a lot happened in the garden.

Many people came together to install weed suppression in the form of cardboard and wood chips, and place the bales. The Tipi trellis was also installed. Not much is going to change in the garden for a while.

Daily watering of the bales is necessary to start the decomposition of the straw.

If you can’t wait to see what happened Saturday, you can go to Flickr to see some of the pictures that participants have posted.

Flickr: Your Photostream


Friday, March 26, 2010

Visit tomorrow and/or sign up to help!

Help us grow!
The Barkhamsted Garden needs volunteers.
The garden will begin taking shape this weekend.
Stop by the town hall tomorrow, between 10am-12noon to see what it's all about.
To volunteer, email
or log on to lotsahelpinghands to sign up.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Site work has begun!

Garden looking West towards Barkhamsted School

Garden looking South

The garden site was prepared yesterday by Ms. P and the Northwest Regional 7 students. Now we are waiting for mulch! Saturday we will install the straw bales.
Photos by Lisa Candels

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Straw pickup


Well, actually it is straw.

Straw is the byproduct of grain harvest.

It is the stalks left over after grain is harvested and should have little to no seed left.

Straw - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We have the straw for the garden.