DIVYou’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./div 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.
By now, even the most casual gardeners have heard of straw bale gardening, the pioneering method to gardening introduced by Joel Karsten. Since his first book, Straw Bale Gardens, was published in 2013, this method of growing vegetables has exploded in popularity and is now being practiced across the world.For as many folks that have taken to growing veggies in straw, you will find that each garden is somewhat different, and may solve a different gardening problem. By coming along on this guided tour of the Straw Bale Planet, you are sure to find many situations that match yours and that you can learn from when planning and starting your very own SBG. In addition to teaching by example, this latest book from Karsten also tells a story you are sure to enjoy. Straw Bale Planet traces the evolution of the SBG movement from its inception on a small tree farm in Minnesota to today. This is more than just a home gardening phenomenon; it's an institution that is being employed to combat world hunger in countries such as Cambodia, Argentina and Costa Rica. In Cambodia, a South Korean-lead program (with the cooperation of several NGOs) is creating thousands of straw bale gardens using Karsten's proprietary method.Straw Bale Planet uses the details of the SBG discovery process to provide practical information to home gardeners who want to adopt the method. While explaining the countless iterations of the method in such a wide variety of climates and situations, gardeners can learn how to practice and adapt the method to make their own gardens even more successful.
Straw bale gardening is an inexpensive, low-maintenance way to grow a bounty of food in a small space. All you need is a bale of straw, some fertilizer, and your favorite vegetable seeds! Craig LeHoullier’s step-by-step instructions show you how to do everything from sourcing the straw and setting up your bale to planting, dealing with weeds and pests, and harvesting.
Gardening is more popular than ever and now you can grow all types of vegetables in any location. Idiot's Guides: Straw Bale Gardening explains the many advantages of growing an entire garden in straw bales. Dozens of helpful step-by-step, color photography illustrates how to arrange and prepare the bales to get the best results and take full advantage of all that straw bale gardening offers: -- Easier to build than typical raised-bed or container gardens -- Easier to arrange and access than other raised-bed gardens -- Less expensive than most raised-bed or container gardens of equal size -- Greater resistance to pests -- No tilling -- No or little weeding Finally, with color illustrations, the reader is shown what grows best next to what and how much can be planted to maximize yield.
Straw Bale Gardening for Beginners: How to Grow Vegetables and Herbs without any Digging Looking to try straw bale gardening but not sure that it's the right solution for you?When I began looking into straw bale gardening, I had a lot of questions about the techniques used in this type of gardening. Would vegetables and herbs really grow in straw? Is straw bale gardening as easy as it sounds? We usually think of gardening as planting seeds directly in the ground, then weeding them carefully all throughout the growing season. When we tell someone we're about to start a garden, the likely response is “Wow, that's a lot of work!” I was fascinated by the idea that it might be possible to grow lots of vegetables at home, save money on groceries, and not do much work at all while meeting my goals, so I started growing things in straw bales. Some things grew well, while others did not. Along the way, I learned how to make simple straw bales produce a bumper crop of vegetables. If you're interested in growing food but don't want to waste time digging or weeding, this method is for you. Learn how to turn humble straw bales, a little soil, and some tiny plants into an abundant garden that's easy to care for.Also, you'll discover..Which vegetables grow best in straw balesSimple methods for dealing with common garden pests and plant diseasesEasy, step-by-step instructions for getting startedAnd much more!Table of ContentsWhy Use Bales? Ten Amazing Benefits of Gardening with StrawGrow a garden just about anywhere, access your plants easily, conserve water, and enjoy other benefits with simple straw bales.What to Grow? Try these FavoritesDiscover the top vegetables to grow in straw bales, and learn about other plants that flourish in this growing medium.Planning the Perfect Straw Bale GardenAvoid pitfalls, set yourself up for success, and make your garden a great place to be.Blood Meal, Coffee, and More: Recipes for Cooking your Straw BalesConditioning bales isn't difficult, but following tried and true procedures ensures you get outstanding results.Planting for Maximum ProductivityChoose the right plants for your zone, plan for weather anomalies, and fertilize the right way.Maintain your Garden in Five Minutes per DayWater, check your plants, and look after their health. A little attention each day ensures you expend very little effort.Pest Control Made Simple Garden pests don't bother straw bale gardens the way they do traditional gardens, but they can sometimes cause problems. Here are simple solutions for dealing with them. Treating Common Plant Problems the Easy WayCommon plant diseases can kill your plants. Knowing what to look for and dealing with problems immediately is the best way to avert a disaster. Make the Most of Your HarvestSome plants will keep producing if you harvest them attentively. Others should be harvested once, at the peak of production. These techniques help you get the most from your straw bale garden. Get Ready for Next Year: Composting SimplifiedCollapsing straw bales are a valuable resource. Learn how to make the most of them.
For more than a decade the Red Feather Development Group has built and repaired straw-bale houses for Native Americans. Somewhere along the way, they created an architectural phenomenon. Here, Red Feather provides a step-by-step, easy to follow, manual for would-be straw-bale builders.
Presents floor plans and images of strawbale homes from around the country, discussing such topics as climate considerations, maintenance, budgeting, code compliance, energy efficiency, and structural systems.
Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier provides everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes, from planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to various pests and tomato diseases, explaining how best to avoid them. With beautiful photographs and intriguing tomato profiles throughout, Epic Tomatoes celebrates one of the most versatile and delicious crops in your garden.
Author: Paul Lacinski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: 2000
Bergeron and Lacinski's new book Serious Straw Bale is the first to look carefully at the specific design considerations critical to success with a straw bale building in more extreme climates-where seasonal changes in temperature, precipitation, and humidity create special stresses that builders must understand and address. The authors draw upon years of experience with natural materials and experimental techniques, and present a compelling rationale for building with straw-one of nature's most resilient, available, and affordable byproducts.
Author: Chris Magwood
Publisher: New Society Pub
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: House & Home
Straw bale houses are easy to build, inexpensive, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and - most of all - can be designed to match the builder's personal space needs, aesthetics, and budget. It's no wonder that straw bale houses are growing in popularity.In Straw Bale Building, professional bale builders Peter Mack and Chris Magwood lead the potential builder through the entire process of building a bale structure, tackling all the practical issues from how to find and choose bales; developing sound building plans; costs; roofing; electrical, plumbing, and heating systems; building code compliance and working with building inspectors; and special concerns for builders in northern climates.
A beautiful and simple guide to edible gardening The “garden to table” movement is inspiring another generation of gardeners but many of them have questions. How important is composting? Is seed saving really worth it? Focusing on sustainable, organic growing practices and plants, The Backyard Gardener is a comprehensive handbook that will help get them started. Kelly Orzel covers everything from soil selection to growing and harvesting. Sidebars such as “garden center survival tips” offer useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This guide also features photographs of beautiful plant bed designs, propagation techniques, and much more.