|The toolbox...blow up for a closer look|
I moved on to the veggie garden. I broke the bale of straw into flakes and started clipping grass and weeds. I underdressed the herbs, the strawberries, pumpkin, tomatoes and rhubarb. Then I spread it about six inches deep in the pathway. There were a lot of flies hanging around the area and it took me awhile to realize there must be manure in the straw. You can't see it, but the flies can smell it. So once I finished for the day, I watered it well to tamp it down and get rid of the dust and manure. The smell of straw is very nostalgic if you have ever spent time on a farm. I did when I was a little girl. My Aunt Francis farm. I remember cooking with her on her woodstove and making sandwiches and coffee for the men in the field harvesting. I love everything about farms.
Update: It wasn't manure on the straw. It is the fish emulsion fertilizer. The flies are loving it!!
|This is what a bale of straw looks like|
spread six inches deep.