It has been a cool and wet late spring and summer but my straw bales are healthy and growing. The wind break from the house and the southern sun exposure make for a perfect growing environment. I put up a basic trellis with twine so that the vegetables have a place to grow upwards. Vertical growing either in a straw bale garden or in an flat earth or raised bed garden makes for heathier plants overall.
Today’s photos are cucumbers, tomatoes, winter squash (to be honest I forgot what I planted in this bale but it sure is happy growing there!) and zephyr squash. Zephyr squash are my absolute favorite. It is a summer squash crossed with a yellow acorn. Its delicate, tender and sweet as well as easy to eat raw in salads.