Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Straw Bale Gardens Complete: Breakthrough Vegetable Gardening Method - All-New Information On: Urban & Small Spaces, Organics, Saving Water - Make Your Own Bales With or Without Straw
To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
ce sujet me passionnait de trop pour m'arrêter au barrage de la langue !! je n'avais plus fait d'anglais depuis mon bac (plus de 25 ans de celà !!) et je n'étais pas franchement bonne mais je me suis étonnée de comprendre "à peu près" !! par contre j'avoue quand même passer par Google pour traduire mais attention c'est de l'approximatif donc il faut vraiment être motivé !! du coup je me suis fait une liste de mots que je vais devoir apprendre (j'ai l'impression de retourner à l'école !!) car maintenant je suis nettement moins rétissante pour acheter un autre livre de jardin en anglais !!
We enjoyed this book, and it got us started with our first straw bale garden (in our case, a HAY bale garden). We had some trouble following the instructions at one point, but the author was glad to email with us and get us on track again. I suspect the directions for adding liquid nitrogen fertilizer to "condition" the bales before planting were too generous in the amounts recommended. We had trouble with our bales cooling down so we could plant in them. Internal temps hit 170 degrees and stayed high for nearly a month (they're supposed to be equal with the ambient temperatures before planting, or the plants die from the heat). We had a compost thermometer with which we monitored the temps. At long last, at 90 degrees, we planted. Everything is doing wonderfully well! Even the pill bugs--but diatomaceous earth took care of those after we noticed two marigolds had disappeared overnight. It's a fun project, and this book makes it possible with the large, color photos and detailed explanations. Just go easy on the fertilizer!
4 Months after getting the book I can say this method works great. We tried the straw bale and cannot belive the results so far in 2013.. we are in Minnesota and with tilled clay soil always had a uninspiring crop. A lot of fruit on the vine and hope they all ripen and taste great..TBD..The basel has the best we ever tatsed and so aromatic..Do recommend this process and are planning to expand for 2014 Oct 2 2013 UPDATE: This was the best veggie garden we have had. The only problem is that we had tried to many different plants in two straw bales.Crops that grew very tall ( Basel and tomatoes)overshadowed the smaller height plants like carrots and onions. We will extend the bales next year and have a section for smaller plants by themselves. Otherwise the plants liked the conditions. It is important to keep the watering up at ;east evry couple days.. For a first year experiment thumbs up..
The book is GREAT, the concept is still being figured out because you can't really plant as many items per bale as he implies. The prep work isn't as bad as pulling weeds only to deal with gophers and the such. I am letting the bugs do as they will as it seems so natural to do so. I'm planning on doing much much more of this type of gardening, just not putting as many plants on one bale as the end up shading each other too much. The zucchini out of the side is AWESOME
I purchased this book after I bought his first book "Straw Bale Gardening". This is my first time gardening with straw bales . The Author does give some updates in this book but also went back over the same information from the first book. If you only have the money to buy one book buy this one. It has the same information as the first but with added content to further help you to straw bale garden. I have several family members now interested in gardening this way and I just love it. Once you try this you will never go back to gardening the old way !! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is I thought it would have more information on pest control like fire ants and so forth. Buy it and try it, you won't go wrong!!.
I've tended a square foot garden for many years and thought straw bale gardening intriguing, especially since my sister-in-law had a phenomenal garden last year in her straw bales. The instructions given are wonderfully clear and sensible. The only question not seemingly answered was whether the bales would hold enough water in California's Central Valley where temperatures sustain over 98 degrees for a month at a time and water is reserved for cities and people, not food. The method sounds wonderful for northern states and cooler , shorter summers. Well done Mr. Kirsten.
Great fun in gardening. Recently had cardiac surgery - this technique got me back into gardening fast with minimal physical effort Great tips even if you don't follow all the advice. Finding the smaller straw bales was the biggest problem getting started.
We had the coldest April on record this year but the straw bales got us planting while others were waiting for spring.
The book is terrific although any new edition needs an editor. This edition is a little disorganized
I tried it last year. I live in an arid climate so it took a lot of water to keep the plants happy. It took about an hour every day to water properly. When my tomato plants got heavy, the bales fell over and I had to brace them up with buckets of water until harvest. If you choose to do this method of gardening, make sure you have your bales braced, wired or supported in some way.