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6/2/13 1:44 P

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Just wanted to check in and say that my straw bale gardens are thriving! I really love this method and will definitely do it again.

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5/30/13 9:48 A

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I've only used straw bales as a mulch on the garden. I'll have to check it out.

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5/26/13 8:30 P

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Wow, this sounds perfect for my yard. It's probably to late for this summer, but I'm going to try it next year.

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5/26/13 8:46 A

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I will look into this as it might work well in our hot area where the ground b. ecomes so dry in a day

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5/25/13 9:13 P

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I found this book listed in the interlibrary loan consortium that my library belongs to. It's in high demand, a backup of 26 holds on 16 copies. Guess I'll have to content myself with online searches for now.....

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5/25/13 4:33 P

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I have read about it and thought about trying it. Now I will thanks to your info! emoticon






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5/24/13 11:01 P

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Sounds so great to use this especially in our climate to protect the plants. I'm just a bit concerned about mold in the bales. I will definitely check out that book! Thanks!!

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I've never heard of it. I'll look it up!

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5/24/13 7:01 P

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We tried this method years ago and had good luck with it. This year we've set up 3 straw bale beds and the plants in it are THRIVING. Very excited about it!

You can look up the method online and there's a new book out too, titled "Straw Bale Gardens" by Joel Karsten. Great little book! It'll tell you everything you need to know and is generously illustrated too, He reccommends starting with fresh bales every year but we're going to let ours break down and box them in for a raised bed next year.

Anybody else doing the bales?

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