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  • What is Straw Bale Gardening?

    What is Straw Bale Gardening?

    Straw Bale Gardening is simply a different type of container gardening.  The main difference is that the container is the straw bale itself and is held together with two or three strings... Read More
  • Why Straw Bale Gardening?

    Why Straw Bale Gardening?

    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... Read More
  • Can I do this where I live?

    Can I do this where I live?

    The short answer here is absolutely yes.  This method of gardening works very well from the Arctic Circle, to the heat of the Caribbean.  If you can find bales of straw, or similar bales of organic material, you can garden this way.  Read More
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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

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"...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

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"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

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"...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 Book Testimonial


Saw Joel's presentation at WI Garden Expo, love it! Purchased the book, best investment in a book EVER! Easy read, very detailed...well done, can't wait to get started!

Posted by Chris Lalor Kearns on Saturday, April 4, 2015

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If you don't want to submit payment online, you are welcome to send a check for $15 (shipping included) for the original booklet called "Straw Bale Gardening" or $23 (USA shipping included) for the book "Straw Bale Gardens" or $28 (USA shipping included) for the book "Straw Bale Gardens Complete" to: Joel Karsten, 1313 Willow Circle, Roseville MN 55113.