Straw bale so­lu­tions

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Contents - Straw Bales So­lu­tions By Joel Karsten

Since Joel Karsten first de­vel­oped Straw Bale Gar­den­ing on his grand­fa­ther’s farm in Min­nesota nearly 20 years ago, he’s writ­ten two best-sell­ing books and talked to thou­sands of gar­den­ers in dozens of coun­tries to spread the SBG word. In Straw Bale So­lu­tions: Cre­ative Tips for Grow­ing Veg­eta­bles in Bales at Home, in Com­mu­nity Gar­dens, and around the World, Joel har­nesses the col­lec­tive wis­dom and in­ge­nu­ity of gar­den­ers around the world who have be­gun grow­ing in straw bales to share with gar­den­ers ev­ery­where. Fea­tured ex­am­ples from around the world in­clude:

• A com­mu­nity gar­den in New Jersey turns a site deemed con­tam­i­nated by the E.P.A. into a food haven

• In Cambodia, Straw Bale Gar­dens grow food dur­ing mon­soon sea­son – for the first time

• Rocky soil in the Rocky Moun­tains and 6,000 feet above sea-level – and 50 straw bales grow­ing fresh pro­duce

• No space for crop ro­ta­tions, no prob­lem: a small com­mu­nity gar­den in Illi­nois is more abun­dant thanks to straw bale gar­den­ing

• In Aus­tralia, a pas­sion turns into a more eco­nom­i­cal way to gar­den – and a prof­itable busi­ness

Straw Bale So­lu­tions shows how any gar­dener - in any cli­mate, on any con­ti­nent - can grow beau­ti­ful fresh veg­eta­bles, faster and eas­ier, with less wa­ter, and no weed­ing. In ad­di­tion, what started as a hobby has grown to be­come a so­lu­tion to food se­cu­rity prob­lems in im­pov­er­ished com­mu­ni­ties and na­tions, via com­mu­ni­ties, churches and NGOS.

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