The hay bale gardening plan seems to be working.
When I came back from my trip to visit children and grandchildren I did not know what I would find as far as this novel gardening plan. As luck would have it, the cucumbers were merrily growing away! So nice.
Last year we planted four cucumbers. The woodchucks kept shearing them off so they never did much at all. This year we may have a harvest! This makes me happy since I developed a bit of a taste for fresh-from-the-garden when I was at my sister's home last year after her motorcycle crash.
This is what the cukes look like that today: