To the left are onions, to the right are beans. The beans that I threw in my compost piles are doing better but these are okay, I suppose. Last year, our beans were all eaten. This year, I am using diatomaceous earth. I hope it helps. The onions will do well. Onions always do. There are several varieties of onions here, including a few didn't come up last year but sprouted up this spring before I planted anything. As I mentioned in another thread, this was not the kind of straw bales that I wanted, and they were made worse by the fact that they included seed, so my straw bale experiment this year didn't do well. The carrots, on the right, didn't come up at all. I do have a few bean plants growing, and doing better than the ones in soil, but the bales that I planted onions in split open. I think straw bales are a good idea, but I'll hold out for the right ones next year.