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Straw Bale Gardens: The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and with No Weeding [Paperback]

Joel Karsten
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15 Mar 2013

Straw Bale Gardens has everything you need to know to join in on the most revolutionary gardening method in the last generation. Using author Joel Karsten's innovative methods, even beginners can raise a successful vegetable garden.

You'll find a bumper crop of vegetable gardening books on the shelves today, but it is a very rare title that actually contains new information. Straw Bale Gardens teaches gardening in a way that isn't only new but is thoroughly innovative and revolutionary to home gardening. It solves every impediment today's home gardeners face: bad soil, weeds, a short growing season, watering problems, limited garden space, and even physical difficulty working at ground level. Developed and pioneered by author and garden expert Joel Karsten, straw bale gardens create their own growing medium and heat source so you can get an earlier start. It couldn't be simpler or more effective: all you need is a few bales of straw, some fertilizer, and some seeds or plants, and you can create a weedless vegetable garden anywhere-even in your driveway.
 
Karsten's step-by-step guide offers all the information you need to make your own straw bale garden today. In this lushly photographed volume, Karsten shares all of the secrets he has developed over years of teaching eager students the miracle of straw bale gardening. You'll learn how to locate and choose straw bales, then how to condition and plant them for the earliest possible start. You'll master Karsten's methods for combating plant pests and maximizing space by applying the principles of vertical gardening to his straw bales. Whether it's seedlings or seeds, veggies or flowers, there is practically no limit to the plant varieties that will prosper in a straw bale garden-and with Karsten's breakthrough gardening guide, you can do it all yourself.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (15 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591865506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591865506
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Joel Karsten (Roseville, MN) has a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota, where he was recruited to play football by legendary coach Lou Holtz. He was raised on a tree farm, where he learned the secrets to successful gardening from his grandmother Josephine. In addition to giving demonstrations and lecturing on the many benefits of his unique straw bale gardening technique, he is an inventor and entrepreneur with boundless enthusiasm for better solutions.

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3.0 out of 5 stars a good overview of method 10 Jun 2013
By lu
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I bought this booklet after reading about Straw Bale Gardening online, via a link to Karsten's website from a facebook page article. I like the idea as have just taken over a garden with thin, acidic soil at 850 feet on Dartmoor. The book seems a good overview of the method, instructions are clear, it's an easy read (one sitting) but being me .. I am just using it as a kicking off point from which to adapt to local conditions. Be aware it is written for American gardeners; fertilizer measurements, for example, are in US cups, temperatures in Farenheit. Also it's turning out a fairly expensive method with 20x bales at £4 a pop locally at this time of year, high-nitrogen fertilizers etc. Use for inspiration like a basic cookery book.. then go your own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars straw bale gardens 3 Jun 2014
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I was fortunate to see the author of this book whilst on holiday in Disney , Florida. He did a brilliant talk all about straw bale gardens and how he came to grow vegetables and flowers with amazing results. I was hooked and bought this book on my return. It is amazing what can be achieved. I am in the process of getting my straw bales ready to test out this method. The book is very informative and easy to follow. , with good colour pictures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 28 May 2014
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Easy to understand, shows lots of examples and Pictures .... have yet to actually try it and see :) but hope to have some fruits of my labours this year
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