Straw Bale Gardens

Straw Bale Gardens

The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and With No Weeding

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Cool Springs Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781591865506
Branch Call Number: ANF 635 KAR
Characteristics: 144 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm


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Mar 09, 2017

For those of us residing in metro Portland, it's important to share that as part of the incredibly fertile Willamette Valley our soils are phenomenal. However, it is also important to share that if a garden is left unamended, the clay will reign supreme and remain indomitable. Let me offer this slice of advice. Amend your clay soil with organic matter such as compost or composted manure. Additionally, add Gypsum to your amended soil to aid in changing the structure of the clay into a much more manageable and friable soil. Clay if left undisturbed will not unleash all its benefits... That's for us savvy gardeners to do!

Oct 25, 2013

Interesting idea. I wish I had read this a few years ago as I may have actually tried a vegetable garden. I had absolutely no luck with our clay ground.

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