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Straw Bale Gardening May Be For You!

Straw Bale Gardening May Be For You! | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

A recent article by Mary Hall in the DAILY JOURNAL from Kankakee Illinois speculates that: You might have seen it pop up on your Pinterest feed — cabbage, herbs or even flowers grown out of straw bales. “It’s the hot new gardening trend,” said Holly Froning, program coordinator for the master gardeners for the University of Illinois Extension. But this is more than just a trend, Froning added, at a seminar at the Bourbonnais Public Library last week.

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Add Straw Bales to Your Garden, Here’s Why –

Add Straw Bales to Your Garden, Here’s Why – | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
There's nothing more delightful than growing vegetables in your own backyard, but not everyone has the right soil for doing so. Turns out, there's an even better medium to build a garden on: straw bales.
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Gardening Magazine - gardening ideas and more! It appears they link to many informative sources, sort of a directory of ideas.

 

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Growing Tomatoes Peppers and Eggplants in Straw Bales - Time Lapse

I grew some things in straw bales for the first time last year, and I enjoyed it enough that I'm going to try it again this year. I grew tomatoes, peppers an...
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This is NINE minutes that is well worth watching. He does a great job of showing time lapse growth on a number of bales, with various crops. I enjoyed this video very much.

 

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Straw Bale Gardening

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Straw-bale gardening can be done practically anywhere, even in small spaces, as long as the bales are stable...
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This website is hard to explain but it could be one of the TOP TEN COOLEST WEBSITES EVER! You really need to check it out. At least 20 recipes on the front page of the website that I have never even heard of before! And as my wife can attest I'm a foodie who will try ANYTHING once!  Nettle soup with horseradish cream for instance, is the first recipe I saw. Oh, and by the way, they have a very nice write up about Straw Bale Gardening too.

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Ever Wanted to Learn Straw Bale Gardening? - salinecountylibrary.org

Ever Wanted to Learn Straw Bale Gardening? - salinecountylibrary.org | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
Ever Wanted to Learn Straw Bale Gardening?
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Beautiful Fall decor that later becomes a garden the next spring! Check it out if you're near Saline County.

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Straw Bale Gardening May Be For You!

Straw Bale Gardening May Be For You! | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

A recent article by Mary Hall in the DAILY JOURNAL from Kankakee Illinois speculates that: You might have seen it pop up on your Pinterest feed — cabbage, herbs or even flowers grown out of straw bales. “It’s the hot new gardening trend,” said Holly Froning, program coordinator for the master gardeners for the University of Illinois Extension. But this is more than just a trend, Froning added, at a seminar at the Bourbonnais Public Library last week.

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21 businesses help La Crosse County achieve silver level for wellness

21 businesses help La Crosse County achieve silver level for wellness | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

Emily Melby, registered dietician and wellness coordinator at Allergy Associates in Onalaska, picks tomatoes in the allergy care provider’s straw bale vegetable garden Tuesday. Allergy Associates is one of 21 companies honored Tuesday for participation in the Well County Workplace program.

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Imagine a world where doctors prescribed "one dose of a garden" for a pre-diabetes patient. They get a $100 voucher and pick their gardening supplies at the local garden center. Six bales, fertilizer, 18 plants/seedpacks a couple of cattle panels, and a sheet of instructions. Now they get excersize, eat better, even accomplish something great doing a new hobby. They get healthier without even realizing what happened, no diets or programs, it is simply a life changing prescription! Talk about preventative medicine! I call this UPSTREAM healthcare, and it is the answer to so many of the huge problems our country faces with diseases related to what food people are eating. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and even depression, can all be directly traced to the diet, and treating these diseases is draining our countries resources fast. Lets change that, encourage your friends to grow a garden...a straw bale garden is a great way to start.

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Don't Have Garden Space...Try Planting In a Straw Bale

Don't Have Garden Space...Try Planting In a Straw Bale | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

Lee Ann Wile picks tomatoes from plants she is growing in straw bales. The decomposing material in the bales provides the nutrients for the plants to grow.

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Great article in the Quad Cities newspaper. It is amazing how simple this method can be and how perfect it is for Seniors. Straw Bale Gardening allows folks to continue gardening ten or twenty years longer than would be possible in a normal soil garden, which requires much more physical work.

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Straw Bale Gardening. It WORKS.

It has been about 40 days since we planted our straw bale garden. Here is what it looks like today. Follow us on Facebook
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Great video! I like this guy, he's funny and he tells it like it is. Jump to the last minute if you get bored, he gives a great summary!

 

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– Life on our Oklahoma Centennial Farm

– Life on our Oklahoma Centennial Farm | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

Life on our Oklahoma Centennial Farm, and all about our experience with the Straw Bale Gardening method, in hay bales!"

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Nancy Mace, "blogger extraordinaire" writes all about her experiences with Straw Bale Gardening in bermuda hay bales on her Oklahoma Century Farm. I love her enthusiasm, and how she has become an evangelist for the method in Oklahoma. A place where the growing isn't normally so easy!

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The Vegetable Gardening Show Episode #387: How to Easily Grow Great Vegetgables in Straw Bales

The Vegetable Gardening Show Episode #387: How to Easily Grow Great Vegetgables in Straw Bales | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

Join us for another interview with the Pioneer of Straw Bale Gardening, Joel Karsten. 

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This interview covers a lot of information in a short time. Mike the Gardener does a terrific job with his interviews. If you have an extra 15 minutes in your day, check it out. 

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BaleBuster Five-Bale Formula or Twenty-Bale Formula

BaleBuster Five-Bale Formula or Twenty-Bale Formula | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

Currently only on our website at www.StrawBaleGardens.com/store but it will be available next spring at Lowes and Tractor Supply Company stores nationwide. The orgainc and traditional BaleBuster is formulated specifically for Straw Bale Gardening. A bacteria called Bacillius subtillis and a fungi called Trichoderma ressei are impregnated into the formulation to improve the decomposition and benefit the roots of the vegetables eventually planted into the bales.

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Great reports coming in already on the new BaleBuster formula we have been shipping for just over a month now. It is giving terrific results for those who have already tried it. Check it out!

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MTM On The Road: The Process of Straw Bale Gardening at Big Rapids Farm and Garden

MTM On The Road: The Process of Straw Bale Gardening at Big Rapids Farm and Garden | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
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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Guini Ridge Farm hosts straw-bale gardening program - Rockland - Camden - Knox - Courier-Gazette - Camden Herald

Guini Ridge Farm hosts straw-bale gardening program - Rockland - Camden - Knox - Courier-Gazette - Camden Herald | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
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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The Official Spring Homeshow 2019 - Peoria, Illinois

The Official Spring Homeshow 2019 - Peoria, Illinois | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria has announced its Official Spring Home Show will be held February 22-24, 2019 at the Peoria Civic Center.
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Straw Bale Gardening played very well in Peoria!

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Straw Bale Gardens Complete, Updated Edition by Joel Karsten

Straw Bale Gardens Complete, Updated Edition by Joel Karsten | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
Straw Bale Gardens Complete, Updated Edition is an exciting new version of the book that has taught half a million people how to grow vegetables in ordinary bales of straw. It includes all-new material on growing mushrooms in straw, gardening with hay bales, making creative accessories to improve...
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The new edition is now available! Forty five more pages of great stuff, and a repeat of all the original ideas.

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LibraryFarm of Cicero, New York

LibraryFarm of Cicero, New York | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
Farming and librarianship come together at Syracuse!Georgia Westbrook interviews Jill Young, a representative from NOPL (Northern Onondaga Public Library)...
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Is the library going to be the new location for young people to learn how to garden?  I think so!  They check out a plot from the library's farm for free, then the library provides programs for teaching new growers. What an exciting and innovative program.

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No Matter The Season, Straw Bale Gardening is in!

No Matter The Season, Straw Bale Gardening is in! | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

A recent article by Susan Laird in the Mountain Democrat from Placerville California, extolls her experience with Straw Bale Gardening. "For five years, I’ve enjoyed success in this unique gardening format, pioneered by horticulturalist Joel Karsten in the 1990s. This virtually weed-free method is fantastic for areas with poor or rocky soil. There is little bending. And some of the vegetables are almost too pretty to pick." 

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No Matter The Season, Straw Bale Gardening is in!

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Out Of The Bales Of Hay Come Vegetables!

Out Of The Bales Of Hay Come Vegetables! | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

A recent article written by Lee Ward in THE DAILY INDEPENDENT in Ashland Kentucky documents the experience of Adam McHenry. This 25-year-old ICU nurse grew up gardening with his grandmother in Grayson. Now he and his wife, Danielle, live in a close neighborhood on Blackburn Avenue, but he still had the urge to plant. Read about his discovery and his amazing success.

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www.dailyindependent.com/news/out-of-the-bales-of-hay-come-vegetables

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Store

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Buy Straw Bale Garden Books and BaleBuster in Straw Bale Garden's online store and learn all about how to grow your own Straw Bale Garden.
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SHAMELESS self promotion! Buy a SIGNED book for yourself or a friend from today through Sunday, November 25, and SAVE 50%. This is the LOWEST price ever offered anywhere, just use the code: HARVEST when you checkout, and you get 50% off your total book purchase.  Sale does NOT apply to our BaleBuster product line but you can order that already for conditioning your fall bale garden or for next spring. https://strawbalegardens-com.myshopify.com/discount/HARVEST?redirect=%2Fcollections%2Fbooks

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Here's Why You Should Really Be Adding Straw Bales to Your Garden

Here's Why You Should Really Be Adding Straw Bales to Your Garden | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
There's nothing more delightful than growing vegetables in your own backyard, but not everyone has the right soil for doing so. Turns out, there's an even better medium to build a garden on: straw bales.
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I don't recall writing for this article, nor being interviewed, but it must have happened.  I just stumbled across this article when another website i was looking at offered a link to it.  I am always amazed at how popular the STRAW BALE GARDENS® mehtod has become.

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The Wholehearted Mommy: Straw Bale Garden: Our Story

The Wholehearted Mommy: Straw Bale Garden: Our Story | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
The rambling thoughts of an ordinary fluffy mommy.
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A great blog about the evolution of one family's love for Straw Bale Gardening and each other! This one is a tear jerker, so grab a tissue. I share it because it truly shows the value of gardening as a family, and how this method can benefit those without the time and physical ability to takle a traditional soil garden. 

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How to Get Started with Straw Bale Gardening

How to Get Started with Straw Bale Gardening | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
How to get started with straw bale gardening for beginners who want to grow vegetables and other annuals.
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Terrific article, on a wonderful website devoted to all things gardening! Truly worth taking a look at the article and looking around her website it is bottomless, filled with gardening info.

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Straw Bale Gardening

Straw Bale Gardening | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
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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Straw bales, Almaguin's newest garden craze is catching on

Straw bales, Almaguin's newest garden craze is catching on | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it
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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No matter the season, Straw Bale Gardening is "in"

No matter the season, Straw Bale Gardening is "in" | Straw Bale Gardening | Scoop.it

Mountain Democrat - Placerville CA

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From Minnesota to California, Calgary to Florida, Maine to Texas, gardeners all over North America are turning to the STRAW BALE GARDENS® method for back-yard vegetable gardening.

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