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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
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Straw Bale Gardens
- Written by Joel Karsten
Growing a successful vegetable garden is difficult enough if you have terrific soil to plant your garden into, but with poor soils it can be virtually impossible. Straw Bale Gardening allows anyone, even those with the worst soil conditions, to grow a terrific garden that is productive and much less labor intensive. For anyone with difficulties bending over or doing the heavy work that is usually involved in turning the soil and digging to plant and harvest crops, the raised height of the Straw Bale Garden makes those chores obsolete. Harvesting potatoes means simply knocking over the bale at the end of the season and picking them up, no digging required. Weeding will also become a thing of the past, there are no weeds in a Straw Bale Garden. Stop spending money buying containers, building raised beds, and buying special planting mixes. Minimal maintenance resulting in maximum production, through Straw Bale Gardening. It will completely change everything you thought you already knew about gardening. Try this method and I assure you that soon you will understand why this is the perfect way to grow a vegetable garden.