More Hay!   5 comments


We get a pickup truck full of hay for our gardens this year.

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Susan has long enjoyed gardening, although a lot of what she has done has been in self-watering containers on the deck. This spring, we’ve expanded the static garden quite a bit, and more hay is called for in the process.

Not being much of a farm guy, I never knew you could fit over 20 bales of hay into the back of a pickup, but the farmer and hand who loaded up the truck made it look easy.

In the center of the gardens, we have conventional beds. New this year, we’ll be planting beans, squash, and other nutritious goodies in the hay bales, which will start to melt down late in the season. This will create a nice, self-composting bed for next year.

To learn more about hay bale gardening, there’s a good video on YouTube, located here.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 lens at 31mm, f/11, eleven exposures fired from Promote Control.

I used an amalgam of output tonemaps from both HDR Express and Photomatix Pro. While HDR Express gave me a more accurate representation of foreground color and detail, Photomatix’s manual anti-ghosting features helped to tame the moving trees… it was a very windy day. Otherwise, the usual suspects took part — Photoshop, Nik Color Efex Pro, etc.

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  1. I’m really liking the comp on this shot. The truck just off to the center, the little garden at a low angle, and the barn in the background come together for a great shot. Love it man!

  2. That’s actually a really cool way to do it, but man that looks like a project!

  3. Very cool, Rob. Great detail!

  4. nice sharp shot, but how shiny is your truck!

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