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
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I bought this booklet after reading about Straw Bale Gardening online, via a link to Karsten's website from a facebook page article. I like the idea as have just taken over a garden with thin, acidic soil at 850 feet on Dartmoor. The book seems a good overview of the method, instructions are clear, it's an easy read (one sitting) but being me .. I am just using it as a kicking off point from which to adapt to local conditions. Be aware it is written for American gardeners; fertilizer measurements, for example, are in US cups, temperatures in Farenheit. Also it's turning out a fairly expensive method with 20x bales at £4 a pop locally at this time of year, high-nitrogen fertilizers etc. Use for inspiration like a basic cookery book.. then go your own way.
This book gives you most of the information you need. However, in NH, I found I dealt with weeds and bugs the same as with a normal garden. My vegetables did not flourish, and many died that survived in my regular garden. The destructive insects were worse than in my regular garden. My radishes we're not the beauties seen in the book, and my tomato plant gave me a much smaller yield. I will not be wasting my money again next year. I will go back to the traditional garden system.
Gives the basics of setting up straw bales for gardening. If you have never gardened at all, and have never harvested or used some veggies, you'll like some of the chapters on the needs and uses of many vegetables. We're setting up just 3 bales as an experiment this season, to see if we can grow tomatoes without damage from early blight. The idea is to get them away from open soil, where the blight fungus dwells.
While the information presented in this book is very complete, my results after following the directions were very disappointing. Straw bales can be used one season then have little use other than compost.