Straw Bale Gardening

Our yard is very small; a small city lot that doesn’t allow for a lot of space for plants. Since our space is limited, I have made a vow rid myself of as much grass as possible, and fill the space with productive plants. With the space we have, this can require some creativity and planning.

It’s amazing what we have already been able to pack into our yard, including apple trees, a plum tree, romance cherry bushes, elderberries, raspberries, strawberries, a flower garden, and three raised vegetable garden beds. We built the most recent bed a couple weeks ago. For less mechanically inclined, raised garden bed kits are the way to go.

Raised garden beds – straw bale

I love having the raised beds which prevent the encroachment of grass and make weeding much easier. We built our most recent garden bed last week, and instead of hauling bag after bag of dirt to fill it, we decided to try our hand at straw bale gardening There are many books available for this type of gardening that explain the process in detail, but overall it’s very simple.
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Mounting a Cattleya Orchid

New baby mystery Cattleya

New baby mystery Cattleya

I ordered a mystery Cattleya recently from a supplier in Hawaii.  It’s easy to find great deals on orchids if you are willing to take a chance on a plant not in bloom, or cuttings/back bulbs from plants.   This particular plant at some point got mislabeled/unlabeled, so the seller has no idea what variety it might be.  I may have to wait a while to see, however, it was a deal.  I’m using my baby Cattleya to mount to cholla wood, as it is the perfect size.

How to Mount a Cattleya Orchid

I began by preparing my supplies:

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