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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This book is the pay dirt on SBG if you are just looking to get started with a minimum of problems. J. Karsten gets around all the things you need to start and more important how to in a very explicit and easy to understand way. He covers most of the issues you can run into from start to harvest. I gave it four stars and the only reason I didn't give it the last one too is because I would have liked to see more elaborate options in his choices of things like the water system and other nitty gritty parts of SBG. I'm def. going into SBG and this is about the best help I could wish for.
Very interesting and a good easy read. He explains it all well. I grow a lot of my own food but want to reduce my efforts while increasing my gardening density. This will be part of that experiment. I can buy straw cheaply and have ample room for this. I will start with 25 bales and see how it goes. I plan to plant some tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and green beans. It instructs in how to use the straw bales with both organic and chemical methods. Even if the crops aren't what you might expect (I hope they will be great) the compost this method generates will help me with my other new gardening methods next year.