Cheap, Sustainable, Delicious: Early Summer Veggie Bundles
I know you’ve been to a grocery store, but have you walked through your local farmers market or garden recently? That time we’ve been waiting for all year—when the garlic scapes twirl around themselves snake-like, when carrots just the size of your thumb come in the colors of sunsets, when green beans taste greener than any other time—it’s here.
This year I tried something new in my garden. I read an article in The New York Times about growing veggies in a straw bale and thought I’d give it a shot. I fertilized and soaked some still-tied-together bales of straw (not hay—hay has seed in it, which means you’ll get weeds; straw does not have seed in it which means...you won’t have to pull weeds—hallelujah!), then let them start to compost for a couple months before planting in them.
I spread a layer of top soil over them (just a couple inches deep) and placed my seeds in the top soil. By the time the roots reached the straw, it had already started to compost.
This has been a huge success. The bails keep the veggies two feet off the ground, so, no rabbits or groundhogs. And not needing to weed means I actually like walking through the garden to find prefect baby carrots, ripe green beans, and tender young spring onions. They are the best they will be until next year.