Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales

Author: Craig LeHoullier
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781612126159
Release Date: 2015-12-29
Genre: Gardening

Straw bale gardening is an inexpensive, low-maintenance way to grow a bounty of food in a small space. All you need is a bale of straw, some fertilizer, and your favorite vegetable seeds! Craig LeHoullier’s step-by-step instructions show you how to do everything from sourcing the straw and setting up your bale to planting, dealing with weeds and pests, and harvesting.

Straw Bale Solutions

Author: Joel Karsten
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780760357392
Release Date: 2018-03-20
Genre: Gardening

By now, even the most casual gardeners have heard of straw bale gardening, the pioneering method to gardening introduced by Joel Karsten. Since his first book, Straw Bale Gardens, was published in 2013, this method of growing vegetables has exploded in popularity and is now being practiced across the world.For as many folks that have taken to growing veggies in straw, you will find that each garden is somewhat different, and may solve a different gardening problem. By coming along on this guided tour of the Straw Bale Planet, you are sure to find many situations that match yours and that you can learn from when planning and starting your very own SBG. In addition to teaching by example, this latest book from Karsten also tells a story you are sure to enjoy. Straw Bale Planet traces the evolution of the SBG movement from its inception on a small tree farm in Minnesota to today. This is more than just a home gardening phenomenon; it's an institution that is being employed to combat world hunger in countries such as Cambodia, Argentina and Costa Rica. In Cambodia, a South Korean-lead program (with the cooperation of several NGOs) is creating thousands of straw bale gardens using Karsten's proprietary method.Straw Bale Planet uses the details of the SBG discovery process to provide practical information to home gardeners who want to adopt the method. While explaining the countless iterations of the method in such a wide variety of climates and situations, gardeners can learn how to practice and adapt the method to make their own gardens even more successful.

Straw Bale Gardening for Beginners

Author: Sarah McMillan
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1502967324
Release Date: 2014-10-24
Genre: Gardening

Straw Bale Gardening for Beginners: How to Grow Vegetables and Herbs without any Digging Looking to try straw bale gardening but not sure that it's the right solution for you?When I began looking into straw bale gardening, I had a lot of questions about the techniques used in this type of gardening. Would vegetables and herbs really grow in straw? Is straw bale gardening as easy as it sounds? We usually think of gardening as planting seeds directly in the ground, then weeding them carefully all throughout the growing season. When we tell someone we're about to start a garden, the likely response is “Wow, that's a lot of work!” I was fascinated by the idea that it might be possible to grow lots of vegetables at home, save money on groceries, and not do much work at all while meeting my goals, so I started growing things in straw bales. Some things grew well, while others did not. Along the way, I learned how to make simple straw bales produce a bumper crop of vegetables. If you're interested in growing food but don't want to waste time digging or weeding, this method is for you. Learn how to turn humble straw bales, a little soil, and some tiny plants into an abundant garden that's easy to care for.Also, you'll discover..Which vegetables grow best in straw balesSimple methods for dealing with common garden pests and plant diseasesEasy, step-by-step instructions for getting startedAnd much more!Table of ContentsWhy Use Bales? Ten Amazing Benefits of Gardening with StrawGrow a garden just about anywhere, access your plants easily, conserve water, and enjoy other benefits with simple straw bales.What to Grow? Try these FavoritesDiscover the top vegetables to grow in straw bales, and learn about other plants that flourish in this growing medium.Planning the Perfect Straw Bale GardenAvoid pitfalls, set yourself up for success, and make your garden a great place to be.Blood Meal, Coffee, and More: Recipes for Cooking your Straw BalesConditioning bales isn't difficult, but following tried and true procedures ensures you get outstanding results.Planting for Maximum ProductivityChoose the right plants for your zone, plan for weather anomalies, and fertilize the right way.Maintain your Garden in Five Minutes per DayWater, check your plants, and look after their health. A little attention each day ensures you expend very little effort.Pest Control Made Simple Garden pests don't bother straw bale gardens the way they do traditional gardens, but they can sometimes cause problems. Here are simple solutions for dealing with them. Treating Common Plant Problems the Easy WayCommon plant diseases can kill your plants. Knowing what to look for and dealing with problems immediately is the best way to avert a disaster. Make the Most of Your HarvestSome plants will keep producing if you harvest them attentively. Others should be harvested once, at the peak of production. These techniques help you get the most from your straw bale garden. Get Ready for Next Year: Composting SimplifiedCollapsing straw bales are a valuable resource. Learn how to make the most of them.

Idiot s Guides Straw Bale Gardening

Author: John Tullock
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781615647545
Release Date: 2015-06-02
Genre: Gardening

Gardening is more popular than ever and now you can grow all types of vegetables in any location. Idiot's Guides: Straw Bale Gardening explains the many advantages of growing an entire garden in straw bales. Dozens of helpful step-by-step, color photography illustrates how to arrange and prepare the bales to get the best results and take full advantage of all that straw bale gardening offers: -- Easier to build than typical raised-bed or container gardens -- Easier to arrange and access than other raised-bed gardens -- Less expensive than most raised-bed or container gardens of equal size -- Greater resistance to pests -- No tilling -- No or little weeding Finally, with color illustrations, the reader is shown what grows best next to what and how much can be planted to maximize yield.

Building Your Straw Bale Home

Author: Brian Hodge
Publisher: Landlinks Press
ISBN: 9780643098701
Release Date: 2006-08-21
Genre: Technology & Engineering

This practical guide is written especially for the owner-builder and provides step-by-step instructions supported by diagrams and photographs. It covers the construction process from site preparation through to foundations, concrete slabs, strip footings and stumps. Special techniques for straw bale construction and the integration of these techniques with those of conventional house building are also covered, including floors, timber wall-frames, ceilings and roof framing. Advice is offered on plumbing and electrical work in a straw bale house. Written with first-hand knowledge of the challenges that face the owner-builder, the author explores local council issues and requirements, the potential pitfalls of building and what to look for when ordering second-hand material, aided by a useful glossary of terms. The book concludes by covering the various safety issues that arise during construction, including fire prevention, equipment usage and the working environment.

Building a Straw Bale House

Author: Nathaniel Corum
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 1568985142
Release Date: 2005-08-25
Genre: Architecture

For more than a decade the Red Feather Development Group has built and repaired straw-bale houses for Native Americans. Somewhere along the way, they created an architectural phenomenon. Here, Red Feather provides a step-by-step, easy to follow, manual for would-be straw-bale builders.

Serious Straw Bale

Author: Paul Lacinski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603582087
Release Date: 2000-12-01
Genre: House & Home

In 1994, when Chelsea Green published The Straw Bale House, the response from many people was a loud, "Huh?!" Those days are gone. With more than 100,000 copies sold, and straw bale projects underway in most regions of North America, we've entered a new era. Even building-code officials and insurance companies now look favorably upon straw bale buildings, with their extraordinary energy efficiency and wise use of agricultural waste for construction materials. Bergeron and Lacinski's new book Serious Straw Bale is the first to look carefully at the specific design considerations critical to success with a straw bale building in more extreme climates-where seasonal changes in temperature, precipitation, and humidity create special stresses that builders must understand and address. The authors draw upon years of experience with natural materials and experimental techniques, and present a compelling rationale for building with straw-one of nature's most resilient, available, and affordable byproducts. For skeptics and true believers, this book will prove to be the latest word. Thorough explanations of how moisture and temperature affect buildings in seasonal climates, with descriptions of the unique capacities of straw and other natural materials to provide warmth, quiet, and comfort year-round. Comprehensive comparison of the two main approaches to straw bale construction: "Nebraska-style," where bales bear the weight of the roof, and framed structures, where bales provide insulation. Detailed advice-including many well-considered cautions-for contractors, owner-builders, and designers, following each stage of a bale-building process. This is a second-generation straw bale book, for those seeking serious information to meet serious challenges while adventuring in the most fun form of construction to come along in several centuries.

Practical Straw Bale Building

Author: Murray Hollis
Publisher: Landlinks Press
ISBN: 0643069771
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Describes some of the key building methods that are technically sound, and suitable for professional and amateur builders. These methods are described in detail, from bale properties and selection to final finishing of the walls.

The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes

Author: Athena Swentzell Steen
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
ISBN: 1890132772
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Architecture

The co-authors of the best-selling "Straw Bale House" celebrate the accomplishments of straw bale artisans in colour photography. Accompanying text highlights the special features and unique personality of each building.

Building Green

Author: Clarke Snell
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 1600595340
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Architecture

The bestselling reference to sustainable construction, updated with online resource tie-ins, features more than 1,200 step-by-step photographs that follow the actual erection of an alternative building from site selection to final-touch interior details.

Epic Tomatoes

Author: Craig LeHoullier
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781612122090
Release Date: 2015-01-16
Genre: Gardening

Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier provides everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes, from planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to various pests and tomato diseases, explaining how best to avoid them. With beautiful photographs and intriguing tomato profiles throughout, Epic Tomatoes celebrates one of the most versatile and delicious crops in your garden.

Garden Builder

Author: JoAnn Moser
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780760353936
Release Date: 2018-02-06
Genre: Gardening

Garden Builder is a treasure trove of lovely yard, patio, and garden projects you can build yourself! Perfect for any gardener or outdoor enthusiast with a few basic DIY skills, it is packed with 35 complete project plans, each one featuring finished photos of the project along with cut lists and shopping lists, a construction diagram, and step-by-step instructions (complete with photos) show exactly how to build every project. Most projects are made from durable exterior-rated wood and can be created with basic carpentry skills. But several of these highly desirable garden accessories are made with materials like concrete, metal, and wire. Garden Builder is positively loaded with projects, a few you can look forward to building include: -Trellises -Raised beds -Harvest boxes -A tiny shed (it is very cute) -Garden benches -Planters -A toad house Simply follow the clear and comprehensive instructions, and you'll have a garden that's rich in design elements, useful aids, and practical furnishings.