CD, I have a big one this year. Picked up a used compact tractor with a disc and mower and building some other necessaries like a hiller/cultivator.
I saw the very first Captain show WAY long ago.
Tried the straw bales, ya gotta stay on top of them when it gets really hot, and they do suck up the water. Prefer growing in dirt, a bit more forgiving.
As for the garden goodies, two varieties of REALLY sweet corn, 3 type of maters including Giant Pink Belgiums which when sliced yields 3 really good mater sandwiches from the center slices, YUM! and Wisconsin (sorta like rutgers) and of course Big Boys. Doing some valencia peanuts for making boiled goobers, red potatoes, squash, zucchini, cukes (long and pickling), okra, scallions, shallots, onions, cantaloupe, watermelons, and 5 Carolina REAPER plants (the world’s hottest pepper… look it up! they are atomic!) Also setting a herb garden. Planted some strawberries in the flower beds, lots of discussions about a few varieties that make good ground cover with a plus of giving up some delicious berries for homemade ice cream (I have a killer recipe). I CAN’T WAIT!
Smarter than the average bear