We decided on 6 bales, mainly because that is what would fit on the concrete pad that looked so lonesome after our hot tub was sold. (STILL miss it, especially on days when I have "over-gardened or over-computered" ouch!) One reason we think this will work well for us is that it's right outside our walkout, where we would like to spend more time anyway. Another is despite having two rat hounds we are burdened with lots of voles & other diggers, they can't get up through concrete - bwah ha ha! I see carrots in my future, YUM!
So after setting up the bales, and settling on a plan of what to plant where, we decided that we would set up one large trellis & two smaller ones. We had two fence posts and drove those in, my hubby Jim found a pretty straight branch from a tree that worked just fine instead of buying a 2 x4. For the shorter ones, we decided on 3/4 in pvc because we were not sure if we would need a higher trellis, with what we were placing in there & we had no place to pound in more poles. Besides, Jim (we call him McGiver around here) showed me we could make them to where we could take them apart each year for storage AND make them taller later if need be. SOLD! I know to you seasoned gardeners this does not look like much, but we will grow plenty of great fresh food for us and enough to share with this small garden & we are hoping to expand it next year if this year works out as well as I think it will.
I have about a dozen pots that I plant each year & place on our back (full blazing sun) rock garden & I am redoing some front landscaping (shade) with new pots and planters. I started some unusual varieties of zinnia, one of my favorite flowers. A whirlygig zinnia, which I found at Creekside Nursery in Hermann, with different color tips on each flower & a peppermint zinnia, with streaks of a second color. Zinnias never disappoint & are very hearty. I have been searching for something I can grow from seed to place at the bottom of the pots that might flow over nicely, since the zinnias are rather tall (I never have luck with alyssum. Please give suggestions in the comments section below. In my next post I will show you how the bales are planted.