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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Essentially this is a hybrid form of hydroponic growing. I’m an experienced gardener and was eager to give it a try. 6 straw bails and $60 worth of starts and fertilizer later I ended up with rotting straw and dying starts.
I dug up the dying starts and planted them in the dirt where they recovered for the most part. They had not had any root growth outside their root balls.
This was a total waste of time and money. I’m sure it might work for someone based on the pictures in the book. But I followed the directions and ended up with nothing.
If you don’t have dirt try containers. At least you’ll be able to harvest something.
Book well written, easy to follow instructions and I liked the author's style; however, process is full of manure. Spent 4 weeks, $100 in straw, $250 in fertilizer, visited by FBI wanting to know why I purchased high nitrogen content fertilizer, laughed at by neighbors, scorned by wife only to achieve zilch. Never got straw bales to condition (yes, I followed instructions to the letter). So, lesson learned: If it sounds too good to be true, then it is too good to be true.
It was an interesting book, however, if the straw in the bale is treated with glyphosate just before harvest, the bales are toxic and will be a big problem for disposal as well as being useless for a garden. It is hard to know if the feed store that sells the straw bales can know or confirm to the buyer that they are glyphosate free. The book was good, but it's buyer beware. Not of the book, but the bales.
This book was not formatted for display on an e-reader. A table of bullet points had text wrapped around it. In a printed book it would be easy to identify and work around the table. On the kindle, not so much. The book was informative and if I decide to pursue this type of gardening I will buy the print version of the book for reference.
The Kindle version of this book is unacceptable. In every chapter the book gets stuck in an infinite loop, unable to advance to the next page - just showing the same page over and over when you try to go to the next page. The only way to read a given chapter is to use the table of contents to advance to the start of the NEXT chapter beyond the one you want to read, then flip BACKWARDS to the page where the book got stuck. At that point you can finally go forward - until, of course, you get a couple pages into the next chapter when you have to repeat the whole "skip forward then flip backward" nonsense.