Also, before I put the strawbales in place, I covered the weeds and grass in this area of the garden with a layer of cardboard and newspaper (Left over from our house-moving. Recycling all the way!) so that I have here the beginnings of a no-dig, or no-till, garden. I hosed down the cardboard thoroughly and placed the bales on top.
I have planted beans, pumpkin, two varieties of tomato, cucumber, squash, basil and lettuce. The seedlings are looking very happy in their new home; so far, so good!