My coworker and friend, Christina, introduced me to this method of gardening that uses straw bales as raised beds. Her mom did it with success on a tennis court! Since my outdoor space is quite limited (not to mention my soil is pretty much sand and possibly toxic) and getting a couple of straw bales is cheaper, not to mention easier than building a couple raised beds, I decided to try it. You have to prep the bales after you get them for 12-14 days. This blog has great information about straw bale gardening if you are interested in reading up on it. On Sunday, I started some of my seeds. I started 2 varieties of cherry tomatoes and 1 type of slicing tomato, jalapenos, and cantaloupe. Next weekend, I’m going to start cucumbers, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, watermelon, and zucchini. I can’t wait to see if I can make this work!