The Foster family of Ruskington, Lincolnshire show how to go on a thrifty camping trip with a family of ten. Extra points for the two stylish bike trailers and the skillful water bottle handling.
I post this for the benefit of those of you who don’t live in Los Angeles. It reminds me of a junior high memory. I went to one of those schools built in the 1950s with a broad bank of windows on the side of each classroom. During an English class it started to rain. The entire class spontaneously got up and ran to the window. The teacher, a transplant from New England was, at first, confused and then started laughing at us.
In this video we take a tour of our straw bale garden as it appears this week. The vegetables varieties you see growing are Tromboncino squash, Lunga di Napoli squash (growing up into a native bush), Matt’s Wild Cherry tomato, Celebrity tomato, eggplant and Swiss chard. And just to take down my smugness a notch I also included a shot of an unsuccessful cucumber plant. Other than the cucumber, though, this is one of the most productive vegetable gardens I’ve ever planted. I’m now a big fan of the straw bale method.
The music is by Karaoke Mouse–“Shanghai Reggae.”
In this vide we take you into the backyard for a tour of our straw bale garden.
We started rotting the bales in late April by adding blood meal. In May we added a balanced fertilizer and started planting the bales. In the video you’ll see the veggies we planted in early June.
The soaker hose you see comes from Home Depot. I’m pretty sure it is this stuff.
Every other week I add some fish emulsion to a watering can and hand water the plants to make sure they have enough nutrients.
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