In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with the father of Straw Bale Gardening, Joel Karsten.  Joel is the creator of the straw bale gardening method where you can grow a wide variety of crops using straw bales.

Joel will tell us how he came up with the idea of growing vegetables in straw bales, how much experimentation, trial and error went into perfecting straw bale gardening, and the leading misnomer when it comes to growing a home vegetable garden in straw bales.

From there, Joel will break down the costs of straw bale gardening compared to traditional home vegetable gardens, crops you shouldn't grow in straw bales, and how to tell the optimal temperatures of your straw bales so that you know they are ready for vegetable gardening.

This and so much more on this week's episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!



Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

◾ Where did the idea for gardening in straw bales come from?
◾ The experimentation phase that lead to growing in straw bales
◾ The #1 misnomer about straw bale gardening
◾ The element you must add in order to activate the bacteria in your straw bales
◾ Cost comparison of straw bale gardening to that of traditional gardening
◾ Benefits of straw bale gardens
◾ Crops not to grow in straw bales
◾ Straw bale gardening in various climates
◾ Optimal bale temperature for planting in straw
◾ How gardening in straw bales has become a global phenomenon 


Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

◾ Straw bale Gardens
◾ Straw Bale Gardens Complete
◾ Learn to Grow Straw Bale Gardens
◾ Rutgers Experimental Plot
◾ Alstede Farms Episode


About this week's guest, Joel Karsten

Joel Karsten is a graduate from the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture Science.  He worked in the "Green" industry after graduation, running his own landscape design and Installation company in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area.  He is still an avid vegetable gardener, trying new varieties of anything he can fit into his 24 bale garden on his small residential lot in Roseville, Minnesota.  He is also a fan of tulips, dahlias, roses, hostas and lilies, and is always on the lookout for new introductions.

Teaching Community Education became an interest of Joel's when people began to inquire about how he grew vegetables in bales of straw.  These classes began his adventures in traveling the world teaching the Straw Bale Gardening Method that he pioneered so many years ago.  Joel has a busy speaking schedule throughout the year, and his books have become the best-selling books in the gardening category world-wide since their publication.  As Joel attests, "the books are simply tools essential to learning the techniques and protocols that took me over 20 years to perfect."  Readers agree, the books are filled with information that a new Straw Bale Gardener really can't do without. Autographed copies of any of his books can be purchased HERE on this website.

Karsten is available as a Keynote speaker for events around the country. He often speaks at Home and Garden Shows, Healthy Living, Corporate Wellness, Gardening Expos, or other events where "Gardeners" are prominently in attendance.  Karsten also provides private LIVE Webinar Style appearances for smaller events for garden clubs or educational classes, without a travel budget for speakers. Contact Joel directly with any inquiry you might have, and if he can't help you, he can probably refer you to one of his many Certified Straw Bale Gardening Instructors around the world.


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Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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