By coincidence I work with the wife of Joel Karsten, the father of straw bale gardening. When I first got interested in straw bale gardening, it was Karsten’s book that I turned to. I’ve even been to hear him talk.
He has a new book out now and this led to a conversation with his wife in the hallway at work about getting started with bale planning for this summer.
YA and I have discussed cutting down a bit – doing just tomatoes and basil. The bales are a lot of work and we live in such a farmer’s market-rich environment that fresh vegies are always right at hand. But I do love tending to the tomatoes and basil, so I won’t be able to give those up. We’re still considering chives but YA’s dog can’t stay away and I had to replant one of the chives plants several times last summer; that plant didn’t do too well.
I realize that I don’t really have to be making these decisions right now, but it feels a little like fantasy daydreaming while I wait for spring.
What keeps you going as the last weeks of winter play out?