Planting your next crop in straw bales is easy! Bales are easy to move around, and retain moisture, providing a great environment for plants.

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I wrote this for fix.com but the illustrations and graphics they did are amazing. It may be the most complete and easy to understand summary of the Straw Bale Gardens method ever!

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POWASSAN — There was still snow on the ground on April 19, but there was warm weather excitement at 250 Clark St. as around 30 avid gardeners learned about a new way of growing plants and vegetables.

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Canada has embraced the STRAW BALE GARDENS® mehtod, especially some of the “seasoned” gardeners who appreciate how much less work it is, with less bending. Here is a great story of a small town in central Ontario that has really discovered how beneficial the Straw Bale Garden is for their climate.

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Monday night the Cadillac Gardening Club is putting on a straw bale gardening event at Up North Arts. If you are unfamiliar with straw bale gardening it’s a form of gardening that involves no weeding and no bending over! Today Sarah Grimmer and Photojournalist Stephanie Adkins are learning more about the agriculture style. They join us from Big Rapid

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All around the country, folks are teaching classes and holding seminars to pass along what they’ve learned about Straw Bale Gardening. It is amazing to see how excited people get when they are successful at gardening for the first time. Many of them just can’t wait to share their own success with anyone who will listen.

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Straw-bale gardening is a fun way to garden in small spaces or in areas with poor soil quality. The season-long program at Guini Ridge Farm, 310 Commercial Street, Rockport, is open to childre

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Gardening with kids is so important. They absorb so much information and the benefits of a few hours spent teaching them about planting and harvesting will stick with them. Some of my earliest and most lasting memories are of gardening with my grandma when I was very young. Stepping on things and pulling up “weeds” that turned out to not be weeds but rather the actual crops she had planted, were all part of the learning experience. Straw Bales eliminated the potential to step on plants, and without much weeding, the success rate goes up dramatically. Try it, you’ll discover how much kids enjoy it, and how excited they are to eat what they’ve grown. Even opening up new opportunities for nutritious vegetables to sneak into their diets!

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After much consternation, multiple revisions, and contemplation, here is where I’ve landed.  My publisher suggested I develop a “Brand” around this crazy concept I’ve cornered.  I finished the book, and then the suggestions began.  Start a blog, start a blog… come on Joel everyone blogs, you need to start a blog. I’m afraid I will run out of things to say, I mean how do people blog for years and keep finding new things to talk about. My wife tells me all the time “to stop ranting about the same stuff” as I have a tendency to do, but once my rants are written down, everyone will know if I start repeating myself, and she’ll have confirmation that I am nuts! I’ll give it a go. Stop by from time to time and we can catch up. I look forward to some great conversations with readers.