We have had a spate of unseasonably warm weather in the Straw Bale Garden. We now have 18 straw bales in various states of conditioning. I planted some snap peas and Chinese cabbage seed in an inch of refined potting soil on the top of a few of the bales. I also put out some cabbage plants in a bale, and some in the Earth Boxes on the porch. I am not happy….Not at all…All of the straw bales have sprouted some sort of grain! You would think that it would be easy to just pull those out-no my friend, no. Tugging firmly just snaps the sprout off at the top of the bale. I am comforting myself with the thoughts that when the bales get completely planted out, the tops will be in shade and should not produce more grain- and that I can snip all that off and feed it to the chickens. Sgt Piper says to look on the bright side-we know our straw bales were not sprayed with any nasty growth inhibitors….We are not getting much rain, so we will be more vigilant about watering. We are in for a stretch of more seasonably cool weather for the next week-of course the chicks are coming!