This new edition of Straw Bale Gardens Complete is the only book you need to get started with the revolutionary gardening method that has taken the world by storm. Written by Joel Karsten, the originator of Straw Bale Gardening, this exciting update contains detailed, start-to-finish instructions for growing vegetables in straw anywhere, plus many new ideas and projects to help you enjoy your straw bale experience even more. Whatever your gardening challenge, Straw Bale Gardening holds the solution. Have a small or unusual space? Straw Bale Gardening is perfect for urban, rooftop, and balcony gardens. Contaminated soil? Planting in straw bales eliminates the problem. Are you inundated by weeds? With straw bales, there is no weeding. The advantages of growing a Straw Bale Garden go on and on: they require 75 percent less labor, their raised height makes planting easier, they extend the growing season, prevent disease and insect issues, are portable, hold water well but are impossible to overwater, they create excellent compost, and can be grown 100 percent organically. Among the new subjects: Cultivating mushrooms in straw and straw bales How to grow plants in hay bales (and how to tell the difference between hay and straw) Tips and ideas for making your straw bale garden more attractive How to make a cold frame with straw bales Trellising projects for growing vertically And much more Assure your success with Straw Bale Gardening with instructions and advice direct from the inventor of the method.
Instead of highly fertile soils ready for your plants, all you find is a stony surface full of glass shards and concrete bits. The best you could do with this is planting some grass and hopping it would work well. But this is not what you probably have in your mind. You want an elaborate garden that would let you plant 'real' plants. And straw bale gardening sounds like a great solution.
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.
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.
Author: James Paris
Release Date: 2014-09-27
Growing vegetables in Straw Bales is a concept that is gaining some ground, in the efforts to find the perfect no-dig vegetable gardening technique. And indeed it is not surprising when you consider that it is possibly the only one amongst the contenders of Raised Bed Gardening, Square Foot Gardening, and Container Gardening that truly offers planting with minimal use of even a hand-trowel! What You Will Find In This Book... 1: A full introduction of the Straw Bale gardening technique, explaining in detail why exactly you should consider this system for growing your own healthy vegetables. 2: Full details on how to lay out your Straw Bales, including where to place them, how to prepare them for growing your vegetables, and how to plant the veggies themselves. 3: Along with instructions on setting up your bales, you will find over 20 pictures and illustrations included throughout this book. 4: Planting tips and techniques for getting the best out of your straw bale gardening efforts, including how to keep destructive insects at bay, and how to create your own 'cold frame' from your straw bale system. 5: Details on how to grow ten of the most popular vegetables, including planting and growing conditions needed to get the best results. Straw Bale Gardening is a system for growing vegetables without the heavy digging and labour involved with traditional gardening systems - maybe it's time for you to check it out and see what the fuss is all about!
Learn How to Garden with Straw Bales and Easily Grow Organic Food! Everyone wants to be able to grow great organic food but not everyone has the soil needed to have a garden. Many of us don't know where to start. If that's you then you need to check out straw bale gardening. It's an exciting way to grow a great garden. With this method you can raise vegetables and fruit in your backyard without great soil and in smaller spaces. Everything you need to get started is included in this book. Which types of bales, materials needed, and what types of plants grow well on straw bales is all covered. After reading this book you will be ready to start your garden today. Take action and have great fresh vegetables and fruit this year. This beginner book will cover... What is Straw Bale Gardening? What are the Benefits of Straw Bale Gardening? What Can You Grow in a Straw Bale Garden? Tips and Techniques on Straw Bale Gardening Tools and Materials Needed to Have a Straw Bale Garden Step by Step Procedure to Making a Straw Bale Garden How to Build a Straw Bale Greenhouse How to Make Your Own Compost Are you ready to start your straw bale garden today? This book can help. Also Available in Print! Free to Kindle Unlimited Users!“
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.
Straw bale gardening is an excellent choice for growing different types of fruits and vegetables. Lot of kitchen enthusiasts like to grow their own fruits and vegetables, because, firstly organic is a healthy new option and secondly, nothing tastes better than homegrown vegetables and fruits. The colors of the homegrown vegetables and fruits are a visual treat. Many people turn to gardening for reducing stress and also for exercising. Straw bale gardening is temporary so you can use it as an alternative, while your garden takes a little rest. This book will help you understand the basics of a straw bale garden, how to make your own straw bale garden, maintain it, fertilize it and enjoy it.
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.
Author: James Paris
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2015-12-29
Growing vegetables in Raised Bed Gardens is possibly one of the most popular niche gardening techniques - and rightly so. Simple to construct and easy to operate, the Raised Bed is a champion amongst its peers which include container, straw bale, and square foot gardens - to name just a few! In this book you will find all you need to construct and operate your own Raised Bed garden. This includes composting techniques, and how to get an early start with Hot Bed gardening methods. Vegetable planting tips as well as good and bad elements of companion planting are also included. There is a FAQ section at the end for even more info on this amazing technique for growing vegetables in even the remotest of places or adverse conditions.
Author: Norman J. Stone
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date: 2015-02-23
Raised Bed & Straw Bale Vegetable Gardening Combination - The RS Combo Growing vegetables organically by sustainable means is taken to a new level, with this concept of an RS Combo (Raised Bed Straw Bale Combination). By combining these two popular gardening techniques, you can have the best of both worlds and grow a virtually limitless array of vegetables and other plants. The inherent weakness of growing veggies in straw bales, is the fact that they will only last 1 season, or 2 at most. Growing perennials such as rhubarb, strawberries, Asparagus or berry bushes is also a no-no because of this short-lived aspect. With Raised Beds, they can be expensive to build and fill with compost regularly as the material reduces through natural depletion. However combine the two, forming an RS Combo and you have a 'gardening revolution.' As you will learn from this book, incorporating the idea of the RS Combo means that each concept compliments the other very well. The RS Combo combines the strengths, and effectively neutralises the weakness of the individual ideas, to produce an all-round vegetable gardening solution to suit every need. Click on the 'Buy Now' to see how you can benefit from this 'New' vegetable gardening revolution.
Author: Laine Cunningham
Publisher: Sun Dogs Creations
The Zen of Gardening combines wisdom cultivated in the garden with beautiful and inspirational photos. Written by an award-winning author, the text offers original, enlightening sayings that reflect the Zen found in every garden. Fifty inspiring photos enhance the insight in a full-color book that makes a perfect gift. When Laine Cunningham lost a tree in her front yard, she looked at a lot of landscape designs and landscape ideas. Then she began planting a garden. Years later, over half her lawn had been replaced with beautiful plants, flowers, blooming shrubs, and native trees. Every minute spent planning, planting, weeding, mulching and harvesting connects gardeners with the timeless rhythms of nature. Annuals and perennials remind us of the seasons of life. Raised garden beds nurture precious treasures discovered at the nursery. The process is both joyful and meditative, and offers lessons that apply to life. One of the biggest rewards comes from neighbors who watch the transformation. Japanese gardens, rose gardens, terraces filled with vegetation, wildflowers scattered in an orchard, and botanical gardens grown in pots on the patio enhance cities and suburbs. Find all of these possibilities and more with The Zen of Gardening. A gorgeous collection for every serious gardener, hobbyist, plant lover, and anyone looking for a moment of peace during their day, The Zen of Gardening reminds us of the power of a single tree or flower to enrich our lives, and to make us happier, healthier, calmer, and more loving. Perfect for fans of Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, Color Me Floral by Kiana Underwood, Bonsai (101 Essential Tips) by Harry Tomlinson, Week-by-Week by Jennifer Kujawski, Straw Bale Gardens Complete by Joel Karsten, Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte, and The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier.
Building with straw bales is being embraced by amateurs and professionals for its versatility, comfort, environmental friendliness and high insulation. New methods should expand its growing worldwide popularity. In Practical Straw Bale Building, Murray Hollis uses simple, easy to understand language to describe the established techniques of straw bale construction and ways in which they can be improved. He also presents a new straw bale construction system that has substantial benefits over current methods. This system incorporates a new tensioning system that replaces the use of fence strainers for tensioning the hold-down/compression wires and eliminates uneven tensioning on opposite sides of the wall. It also allows for fabricating wall modules on-site as horizontal modules that are then swung into the vertical wall position after fabrication. Aspects of structures other than walls are addressed only to the extent that they are relevant to the use of straw bales, e.g. issues such as types of floors, roof structures and methods of heating or cooling. The innovative methods in this book will help to progress straw bale building technology and move it into the mainstream of the building industry.