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Published April 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

PHOTO GALLERY: A new way to grow | Turning straw into gardening gold


Joel Karsten, who wrote the book, “Straw Bale Gardening,” found that planting vegetables, root crops, vines, and flowers into straw bales works better than planting them in the ground.

  • Joel Karsten, who wrote the book, “Straw Bale Gardening,” found that planting vegetables, root crops, vines, and flowers into straw bales works better than planting them in the ground.
  • Straw-bale gardening is similar to container gardening, but the container is the straw bale. (Special to The Forum)
  • Straw bale gardens require very little weeding. (Special to the Forum)
  • Author profile<br /><br />Book: “Straw Bale Gardening”<br /><br />By: Joel Karsten<br /><br />Price: $14.99 including shipping or $9.99 for downloadable version<br /><br />Available at: strawbalegardens.com or Amazon.com
  • Straw-bale gardening is less expensive than using a raised bed.
  • Placing a plastic tent over the surface of the straw bale before the last spring frost turns it into a mini greenhouse.