The bales are coming along nicely. I'm amazed at how quickly the hay is cooking down into beautifully composted media. Under the fork is a place that shows it very well. Down inside the bales the stuff is really looking beautiful.
As we go through the winter I'll pile my hay compost, chopped oak leaves, horse manure and some hardwood ash to keep the bales full and let that be continually composting and compacting until spring. I may look around and get me a load of chipped pine bark from a logging site to add to the mix, too.
By planting time, these bale rows should be solid blocks of great nutrition. Maybe I'm delusional but I think if I was a pepper plant I'd love to sink my roots into that stuff.