Update for My Florida Hay Bale/Raised Bed/5gal Bucket (7-9-14)


Georgia Rattlesnake Watermelon

I can’t believe it is the 9th of July already and my garden is still producing tomatoes and green beans.  I have decided to stop picking my greens beans and let what is on the vine go to seed.


Big Max Pumpkin Vine

We have been getting LOTS of rain almost every day, sometimes 3 times a day and my pumpkin plant is as long as 8 bales of hay and is branching out into the raspberries.  I lost my large pumpkin to bugs……I still have a smaller one that seems to be doing ok.


I am not sure how my potatoes are doing in the hay inside the big planters.  We may be getting too much rain.  I was able to pull one small potato out.

This is the first time I have ever harvested corn.  I planted 2 bales side by side against the fence which made it easy to tie up.  It was not easy for them to pollinate though.  If I ever decide to plant corn again I will plant 4 – 6 bales and have them in a bunch with a bit of space in between.  I don’t know how I will stake them though.


Black Tail Watermelon

This is also the first time I have harvested a ripe watermelon ( Georgia Rattlesnake variety from Baker Creek Seed Company) and boy is it good.  I actually had 2 but one burst, guess because of all the rain?  I also have three small Black Tail Watermelon just about ready to pick.  I already picked one but it was not fully ripe, we enjoyed it anyway.




I starting to get lots of eggplants and didn’t realize they were thin and long.  They are called Early Long Purple. I think I am going to try pickled eggplant.


Lemon Basil

The carrots in hay bales are a bust.  They just don’t seem to be growing well.  My lemon basil is going great guns though.  I have already made a recipe of basil pesto and boy was it good.

The zucchini plant is doing great but every zucchini has been eaten by something.


I have actually have a stalk of bananas this year before October.  Hopefully they will ripen.



My beets are still doing well and my mint is getting very big.  I will be making mint oil soon.  I would love to get a kit that allows you to make true essential oil but it is $400.  

Here are my totals so far:

  • Green Beans – 137.9 oz, canned 33, 1/2 pints, almost 8 lbs
  • Cucumbers 43.7 oz
  • Onions 15 oz (grown in raised bed)
  • Celery 15.6 oz (grown in raised bed)
  • Parsley 1.0 oz
  • Beets 77.8 oz
  • Corn 59.4 oz
  • Roma Tomatoes 599.7 oz, this is almost 37.4 lbs
  • Tomatoes 2.2 oz
  • Carrots 18.5 oz (in grow buckets)
  • Pineapple 28.9 oz (in ground)
  • Potatoes 5.6 oz (in containers grown with hay)
  • Eggplant 17.7 oz
  • Watermelon Black Tail Mountain 8.4 lbs
  • Georgia Rattlesnake watermelon 18 lbs
  • Big Max Pumpkin 34.6 lbs (lost to bugs)

If you would like to see what I planted and the layout please click on this link.

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