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 was very disappointed that there was so much repetition of the benefits of this type of gardening, and so little actual information - it took over 25% of the book to reach the list of tools required. This disappointment was increased by the fact that, reading it on a (admittedly not new) kindle, the photographs were little more than splodges in shades of grey. This didn't help at all in the grand scheme of things, merely adding to the 'filler' effect. Overall, I feel that the book was not good value for money, even though the subject matter should have made it so.
Tried this for two years in a row, nothing came up or flourished. Got a few pumpkin leaves 4", watered for 6 weeks they never grew, they had the afternoon sun and looked like great little plants, just didn't get any larger or produce anything of course. Won't be trying it again.
This method is a nice idea if you are always on duty the first two weeks. The very DAY the bales were 'ready' it rained. That was the end of the straw bales. (If I ever do this again, I would use HAY!.. Tighter bales)
Also, in watching how quickly they disintegrated, I wouldn't do it this way again.
Total Epic Fail.. for ME. It might work for others very well. JUST BE SURE YOU PUT THE PLASTIC COVER ON FROM THE START!!! DO NOT Wait unitl the bales are 'ready'!!
Square Foot Gardening is best of all, when your soil is crappy. YES.. there is some initial expense, but once it's there, you can plant ever year without all the bale hauling.
Completely followed directions. Spent $200 on plants. They all came up green but only three plants produced and we were only able to harvest a total of 8 pieces of produce for the entire season. We tried it. We're over it.
I cannot imagine what we could have done wrong as I am aware of others who have been successful with this.