Update from Joel’s Garden in Roseville on August 17, 2015

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So today, we’re back in my backyard, here in St. Paul, Minnesota, Roseville, Minnesota, and taking a look at my garden. 

If you recall this spring, we’ll flash back to a little video for you, you’ll remember that these rows looked very far apart back then. Now, everything has filled in. 

There was a question earlier this year about what would happen to the pumpkin that I had planted on here. You’ll see the pumpkin starts here, and its vine runs this entire length of the garden, it sent one trunk of the vine down this direction, and the other vine has now stretched all the way along the front of the garden, because I keep kickin’ it off my lawn, all the way to the front of the garden and about 15 feet past me here, past the bird bath. 

If you look down in here, you’ll see several good size pumpkins already. This one’s starting to turn orange, there’s another one buried in the leaves over here, that’s just starting to get a hint of orange on it as well. Soon as my pumpkins start to develop, I like to tip ’em upright, so they kind of have the bottom of the pumpkin on the ground. They seem to develop a better shape that way. But that’s the story of the summer of the pumpkin vine that took over the garden. It’s come all the way along. 

You’ll also recall that there were a few different rows here, things that I was trying. These are two rows of the homemade bales, the handmade bales, the ones that I made myself. And I’ll tell you, once again this year, just like the last couple years, the bales that I made myself, the little compost bin bales, have outproduced the traditional straw bales, and have done even better. 

I’m getting more tomatoes, bigger tomatoes, off of these two rows than I am the rows that are just made up of traditional straw bales. So once again, don’t be afraid to make your own bales. If you don’t know how to do it, you can check out the video about it, where we talk in detail about it, or you can get a copy of my book, “Straw Bale Gardens Complete,” and we talk about it in there, there’s a whole chapter in there about how to make your own bales. 

Lots of stuff to harvest today, but I’m not gonna bore you with that. I’m gonna spend the rest of my day harvesting, cleaning things up, keeping those tomato vines tied up in the garden so they’re not stretching down and touching the ground. 

Any leaves that look bad, I’m gonna get rid of those, look for any insect or disease problems and try to get rid of those as well, just to keep ahead a little bit of the garden. It’s in maximum production right now, the garden in full glory, for sure. Thanks for joining me.

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