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Straw Bale Garden Update With a Surprise Monster Cucumber

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This is a great tour of a Straw Bale Garden, with two awesome gardeners who know their stuff. I laughed out loud when I saw all of the political signs he used to help build his garden beds. I loved this video. He isn't trying to impress anyone, but the garden is really spectacular. Take a minute and check it out!  He is a hoot.

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Straw Bale Gardening: Learn How to Grow Vegetables in Straw Bales

Straw Bale Gardening: Learn How to Grow Vegetables in Straw Bales | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
Straw bale gardening is incredibly pouplar and a great way to grow vegetables in small spaces, driveways, or anywhere it's hard to dig a garden.
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So nice to have Straw Bale Gardening featured on the SavvyGardening.com website/blog. Arguably the leading gardening blog, with great articles, helpful information and a fantastic vibe. If you haven't checked out their website, please take a look, it is one that you should NOT miss. 

 

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Straw Bale Garden Trellis & Planting Veggies

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This is a must watch!  A newbie, but very skilled at building things and innovating.  I loved watching this.  I think you'll enjoy it as well.

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BaleBuster - Straw Bale Gardening bale preparation formula –

BaleBuster - Straw Bale Gardening bale preparation formula – | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
Order your BaleBuster proprietary bale preparation mix here.  This preparation mix is all you need to condition bales for planting within a couple of weeks. All detailed instructions for the prep process are included.
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I'm not above self promotion. Get your order in soon, we have a limited number of BaleBuster's left for this spring, and supplies are scarce with the Covid crap. 

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Spring Is Here And Garden Talk Radio Is Here For You «

Spring Is Here And Garden Talk Radio Is Here For You « | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener radio show helping gardeners grow food across the country in the 2020 garden season.The show is hosted by husband and wife team Joey and Holly Baird.The show in 2020 is heard on 16 stations in 10 plus markets across the country, Milwaukee, WI, Ann Arbor, MI, Delta,...
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Joey and Holly Baird have become good friends over the years. They do a terrific job on their radio show teaching people about vegetable gardening. I love being on their show. Check it out.

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Straw-Bale Gardening in the New York Times - Green Homes - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Straw-Bale Gardening in the New York Times - Green Homes - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
Learn how you can save money and transform your garden with the simple use of straw bales to prop up your garden with an instant compost pile.
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This article will never die!  That's me in the red shirt and shorts in my back yard. I was 30 pounds lighter then...wow time flies.  This #quarantine15 I've gained is making me think about starting a diet for May.  I may or may not actually do it!

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BaleBuster - Straw Bale Gardening bale preparation formula –

BaleBuster - Straw Bale Gardening bale preparation formula – | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
Order your BaleBuster proprietary bale preparation mix here.  This preparation mix is all you need to condition bales for planting within a couple of weeks. All detailed instructions for the prep process are included. DISCOUNTS - For large volume purchases of Six or more units, please contact me at Joel@StrawBaleGarden
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BaleBuster sales are setting a record this year. Could it be because we are all locked down with the Covid-19, or could it just be that BaleBuster is really awesome stuff. I'd like to believe it's the later, but it's probably just people looking for something to do during this crazy time at home.

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Joel Karsten on Twitter: "The Story Behind Straw Bale Gardening https://t.co/WYVlKCcYzI"

Epic Gardening podcast loves to bring fun new ideas and gardening tips to listeners in small digestible bites! Come and enjoy a few delicious dishes served up hot by Kevin and his guests.

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Six days in a row, for just 6-10 minutes each day, Kevin from Epic Gardening and I worked our way through the Straw Bale Gardening story. Listen to March 20-26, and hear the whole story, A-Z, soup to nuts, start to finish!

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Minnesota gardener shares a new way to garden

Minnesota gardener shares a new way to garden | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
With the straw bale method and a 6-week greenhouse, Joel Karsten shares ways to have a smarter, more efficient garden
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I love small towns! Mason City, Iowa, is filled with people who are truly the "salt of the earth".  I really enjoyed the weekend I spent there, meeting so many great folks. It was a splendid weekend of weather as well.

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How to Get a Bee's-Knees Backyard

How to Get a Bee's-Knees Backyard | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

Learn about cultivating a pollinator-friendly yard, organically caring for your lawn, and how to conscientiously landscape or grow your own Straw Bale Garden filled with healthy vegetables this summer at the Garden + Home Stage.

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Not exactly a raving preview of my Minneapolis Home and Garden show appearances next week...but I guess I'll take what I can get!  If you are looking for info on the STRAW BALE GARDENS® method, or just get some cheap entertainment, stop by the Mpls Home and Garden Show which starts next week on Wednesday. 

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Garden club to host straw bale garden presentation

Garden club to host straw bale garden presentation | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
MANISTEE - A committee of the Spirit of the Woods Garden Club, Inc. met on Feb. 4 to make plans for a Straw Bale Garden Presentation with Carlleen Rose as the presenter. The presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. on April 22 at Manistee Township Hall, located at 410 Holden St. The presentation will be open to the public with a $5 donation. Rose will explain how to create and maintain a straw bale garden. Straw bale gardening has many benefits. It requires little space because it can be planted anywhere the sun shines, including an area that has poorly draining or bad soil. It takes much less work because no weeding is needed and the bed is raised so there is less bending to plant and harvest. The bales heat up resulting in a longer growing season and larger produce. Contact Beth Markowski at (616) 401-3387 for additional information.
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Carlleen Rose is one of the original Straw Bale Gardeners who has sent me pictures of her lovely gardens for many years. I am excited that she is teaching a seminar in Manistee Township Hall. If you are nearby, sign up to attend. She is certainly qualified...just look at her garden pictures if you have any doubts!  If anyone wants to become one of our Certified Straw Bale Gardening Instructors, just visit us at www.StrawBaleGardenInstructors.com and sign up, it is FREE and we can help supply you with slides and other material to help you get started giving presentations in your town. You negotiate your own fees, we don't charge or take any money. We will sell you autographed books at wholesale so you can resell them at retail price and make a profit.

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Bale Garden Collaboration - My Final Update

Let's take a look around the Brew City Garden for the final update of our collaboration series. It's been a heck of a year for the Brew City Garden as well a...
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"I didn't know how big tomatoes could get until I started Straw Bale Gardening!"  This is a video everyone should watch.  Shaun Oppe Jr. your "check" is in the mail!

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Pollinator gardens go beyond the bees at St. Kate's and the State Fair

Chris Palahniuk, Laboratory Manager for the Biology Department with St. Catherine University, shares the larger impact pollinator gardens have on our communi...
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Look who stopped by our display garden at the #MNStateFair and used it to make a few great points about how easy it is to help pollinators out. Thanks to @StKates and Chris Palahniuk for helping us spread the word!

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What Straw Bale Gardening Can Teach You About Sales Productivity

What Straw Bale Gardening Can Teach You About Sales Productivity | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
Part 1 of the new video series on CONNECT2Sell, Growing Your Business.
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I must confess that this is the first time I've ever seen someone use their Straw Bale Garden as a metaphor to sell their own unrelated business consulting services involving improvement of productivity.  Debra does a great job, and this video was rather interesting take on her own experiences with the STRAW BALE GARDENS® method.

 

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Straw Bale Garden - May Update

The straw bale garden was started about six weeks ago. It finally got warm enough to put plants into them and for the seeds to sprout. Her eis an update on all that has happened in the past month.

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Fantastic video, check it out folks. This gardener is in Wisconsin, and he gives a terrific presentation of Straw Bale Gardening in his northern climate.

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#strawbalegarden Strawbale Garden Update: Building Bale Boxes

How to build great boxes for Straw Bale Gardening.  

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Holy smokes this is so cool. Well done video. Love the creativity.

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How to create a hay bale garden

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Great stuff right here. Check out her video!  Love this.

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Garden Talk on NPR!
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Hip silver? Never heard of them until now. Here is what their website says, "We are the “hip” generation that has turned silver. We are the “HipSilvers”. Only in the last three years, when the “boomers” began turning 60, did anyone pay attention to the third phase of our existence. In fact, the media doesn’t even know what to call us….

 

If you are a "HipSilver" this might be your cup of tea! Regardless, they are promoting Straw Bale Gardening so I'm a fan, even though I'm not exactly "Hip" I am getting to be mostly Silver.

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Setting Up A Straw Bale Garden-Let's Get Started

YouTube star Tracy, shows how she set up her spring Straw Bale Garden in Tennessee. This method can be used anywhere in any climate. 

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Awesome video! I'm worried she will put me out of business. She did a great job and set up a "text book" garden.  I think she has a copy of "Straw Bale Gardens Complete" laying around. I'd bet on it as a matter of fact!

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Straw Bale Gardening.... The Beginning.

Take a YouTube journey as I begin straw bale gardening along The Gulf Of Mexico...
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This guy is just getting started.  Lets follow along as he discovers all the advantages of the Straw Bale Gardens method.

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joe gardener® | Organic Gardening Like a Pro

joe gardener® | Organic Gardening Like a Pro | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
The straw bale gardening method is an easy and inexpensive option that makes growing food possible and accessible to more gardeners everywhere.
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It was so much fun to be on "The Joe Gardener Show" with Joe Lamp'l.  It was just two Joe's sharing gardening advice over a backyard fence.  Take a listen, if you want to listen in and maybe learn one new thing today.

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The 29th Annual North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show is Feb. 28–March 1 at the North Iowa Events Center in Mason City and will feature speaker Joel Karsten

The 29th Annual North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show is Feb. 28–March 1 at the North Iowa Events Center in Mason City and will feature speaker Joel Karsten | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

Experts will be on hand with energy-saving solutions and creative options for the home. Seminars will feature Joel Karsten Straw Bale Gardening presentations all three days of the show. 

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29th Home & Landscaping Show starts Friday.  Don't miss it if you are anywhere near Mason City.  Stop by and say hi and let me buy you a cup of coffee at the show.  

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A Community of Friends. Get Answers to your Straw Bale Gardening Questions from Joel Karsten, author and speaker.
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Join the StrawBaleGardenClub.com as a "sprout" member for FREE!  Watch dozens of videos, and read dozens of blog articles, and share your pictures or ask questions in the community forum.  Also, get discounts on books, BaleBuster and other SBGClub apparel and supplies. 

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Straw bale gardening pioneer Joel Karsten shares successful method

Straw bale gardening pioneer Joel Karsten shares successful method | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

“Most people would have built raised beds, but I didn’t have two nickels to rub together, let alone $400 bucks to build raised beds,” Karsten recalled. Then he remembered the large, healthy thistles that sprang up in old straw bales against the dairy barn back home. “Necessity is the mother of invention, right? It takes the identical nutrient profile to grow tomatoes and peppers as it does thistles, so I started experimenting by growing vegetables in straw bales.”Straw Bale Gardening pioneer Joel Karsten shares successful method

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Who knew Waterloo IA was such a great small town?  I enjoyed speaking over the weekend at the Eastern Iowa Home and Landscape Show, and I even got some good press in the local paper! Did you know there is a John Deere museum there? Have you ever eaten at Galleria De Paco (an amazing restaurant world famous) in Waterloo? How about a pancake at Morg's diner? (they are the size of a large pizza) What an adventure I had in Waterloo!

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Straw Bale Gardening Collaboration Wrap Up - BrainStorm Acres Off Grid Homestead

Straw bale gardening is an awesome addition to soil gardening. Five of us embarked on a straw bale gardening collaboration this year. We covered the Pacific ...
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I like his quote,  "the star this year is our cantaloupe" usually eaten by antelope! 

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