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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Karsten Publishing; 1ST edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984544909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984544905
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up on a crop and dairy farm in Southwestern Minnesota, and started gardening as a kid with my Grandma Josephine. She was really my first "professor" of horticulture, but I rounded out my education with a BS in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota a few years later. Farming and caring for livestock is much more than a full time job. My dad always joked when I complained, "you can take a vacation anytime you want, as long as you're back in three hours!" I decided farming wouldn't be for me, so I became an entrepreneur starting a business while I was still a Junior at the University. I have owned a number of businesses over the years, but have always maintained my passion for gardening. I want to help you discover the greatest way ever to grow vegetables, a method of gardening I have perfected over the years, a method I call Straw Bale Gardening. If you've ever thought growing vegetables was difficult, time consuming, and hard on your knees and back, I will change your mind completely. My method eliminates weeding, and bending, making it so much easier. This method allows anyone, anywhere to grow a successful garden with a very small investment regardless of whether you even have soil in your yard at all.

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Very informative and easy to follow instructions.
Nannydoe
I cannot wait for the tomatoes, peas, carrots, lettuce and radishes to produce.
mary beth
Bought this book for my sister and she cannot wait to try it next spring.
Joyce Kroening

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By loren massie on April 18, 2013
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There are 2 versions of this book, I unknowingly ordered the smaller and less informative version. No way to figure that out before as they have the same title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Kistler on June 30, 2013
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I saw the photos my wife's cousin posted on Facebook last year and was impressed with the healthy abundance of pesticide-free produce in a small space and tried it this year. I've never had an easier, more productive garden. My two-bale garden looks like Eden, with four pepper varieties, four tomato varieties, one zucchini, and one lemon cucumber...all in the space of nine feet!

The plants are large, luxuriously foliated, and productive...loaded with produce. I'll never garden any other way. And a huge bonus is its resistance to snails and slugs, which don't like climbing across the straw. We've always fought a constant war with them and it's never been certain that we would win. But this year it's completely different...no war and no worries!

Prepping the bales is a simple, ten-day process...sprinkle some fertilizer on the bales and water it in. Buy the book to get the details because the different nitrogen ratios prep the bales and turn them into high-grade growing medium.

This method is so simple, effective, and productive that the old phrase "Eating high off the hog" might just turn into "Eating high off the bale".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Kroening on December 5, 2012
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Bought this book for my sister and she cannot wait to try it next spring. She loves the book and has
had several people interested in looking at it. They are all waiting to see what kind of results she gets
with this style of gardening. Can't wait to see it myself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By UncleChips on June 2, 2012
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Very informative pamphlet that was exactly what I was hoping to find. Perfect for people searching for alternative methods of food production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By macel hamilton on January 22, 2013
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Easy to read, follow and understand. Pictures were very helpful. Instructions were clear and concise. I do not have five more words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shopper Wilma on November 28, 2013
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Great instructions if you are interested in learning to garden using this method. He tells you what to do each day to prepare for plants and seeds. First find the bales of straw. If you find leaning down to garden this might be your solution. So far I have planted strawberries and have plants nearly ready to go into the bales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Mahner on April 22, 2013
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This is a large pamphlet. But it is short and sweet, right to the point. Not alot of running in circles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bushmaster on April 6, 2013
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Straw Bale Gardening, is a most informative and detailed book for the avid vegetable gardener. The straw bale process is for the person who is tired of tilling, trying to improve soil condition, weeding, constant watering, etc. This is the first book I purchased on the subject and I think it contains enough information to allow anyone to successfully build and maintain a straw bale garden. The book is a well written, fairly quick read and it contains many, nice, color images. The author leads the reader, step by step, through an easy procedure of choosing a spot and preparing the bales, to watering, feeding, and harvesting your crops. I've bought my straw bales, aligned them on the landscape fabric, and since there's no chance of frost in my area now, have begun the fertilization and wetting process. I expect to have my plants in the soil and be well established by the end of April. I believe I'll have great success with this method and save my back a lot of pain at the same time.
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