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"...I took Joel's straw bale gardening class in the spring of 2008, and did so only out of curiosity after 45 years of growing a traditional garden. I did end up planting six bales and had terrific luck growing everything in the straw bales. I am going to do 12 bales next year!"
- Bill, Norwood Young America MN
"...It seems like every day that some crazy new concept in gardening comes along, and most are silly or a waste of time and money! This straw bale gardening concept really works. I only planted two bales because that is all I could get into my car and trunk (kind of messy but worth it!) but after following the instructions you provided, I planted and grew the best tomatoes and potatoes I have ever grown. I have told all my friends and they are going to try it next year. You have made me a believer."
- Andrea, Elk River MN
"I had no idea what to expect, but Joel covered every single question and gave very detailed instructions in his class for straw bale growing. One more thing, the class is very informative about lots of gardening stuff, not just straw bale gardens, l really enjoyed it very much!"
- Dorris, South Saint Paul MN
"...I have been a gardener my whole life but my limited mobility has made it harder for me to bend down. Straw bale gardening is amazing... I am able to garden again, and have even produced greater results than my friends with traditional gardens. I am so happy to be able to continue my passion for gardening. Thank you Joel!"
- Mildred, Roseville MN
KSMQ Garden Connections
Straw Bale Gardens
- Written by Joel Karsten
Straw Bale Gardening is a simply a different type of container gardening. The main difference is that the container is actually the straw bale itself, held together with two or three strings, the outside crust of the bale serves as the container. Once the straw inside the bale begins to decompose, the straw becomes "conditioned" and ready to plant. The step by step process of conditioning creates an extraordinarily productive, warm, moist and nutrient rich rooting environment for young seedlings. Getting the straw bales conditioned is an essential part of the process, and should be started approximately two weeks prior to the target planting date in your area. This planting date varies greatly depending on where you are in the world but this gardening technique works anywhere in the world for seasonal spring/summer or for winter gardens.