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  • Straw Bale Gardening Book

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    Copyright & Disclaimer

    This publication is protected under all applicable international, federal, state and local laws, and all distribution rights are reserved. A lot of hard work went into producing this publication and if youve received it from anywhere other than www.strawbalegardeningbook.com you've received an illegal copy. Please note that much of this publication is based on personal experience and anecdotal evidence. Although the author and publisher have made every reasonable attempt to achieve complete accuracy of the content in this book, they assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Also, you should use this information as you see fit, and at your own risk. Your particular situation may not be exactly suited to the examples illustrated here; in fact, it's likely that they won't be the same, and you should adjust your use of the information and recommendations accordingly. Any trademarks, service marks, product names or named features are assumed to be the property of their respective owners, and are used only for reference. There is no implied endorsement if we use one of these terms. Finally, please use your common sense. Nothing in this book is intended to replace common sense, legal, medical or other professional advice, and is simply meant to inform and entertain the reader based on the authors personal experiences. Copyright Duncan Carver - All Rights Reserved - www.StrawBaleGardeningBook.com

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    Contents

    Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................ 6

    History .................................................................................................................................................................. 8

    Straw Bale Garden Benefits ........................................................................................................................... 10

    Grow Anywhere .......................................................................................................................................... 10

    Save Money On Compost ......................................................................................................................... 11

    More Growing Space ................................................................................................................................. 12

    More Comfortable Gardening ................................................................................................................. 13

    Little To No Weeding Required ................................................................................................................. 14

    Eliminate Pests, Disease & Crop Rotation ............................................................................................... 16

    No Digging, Tilling, Or Soil Preparation .................................................................................................... 17

    Regulates Temperature & Extends Growing .......................................................................................... 18

    Good Moisture Retention & Drainage Properties ................................................................................. 18

    Flexibility To Scale ........................................................................................................................................ 19

    Acquiring Your Straw Bales ............................................................................................................................ 21

    Straw Varieties & Hay ............................................................................................................................. 21

    Where To Source Your Bales .................................................................................................................. 23

    How Many Will I Need? .............................................................................................................................. 24

    Designing Your Garden .................................................................................................................................. 25

    Sunlight & Shading ...................................................................................................................................... 25

    Watering ....................................................................................................................................................... 26

    Ease Of Access ............................................................................................................................................ 27

    Plant Support Structures ............................................................................................................................. 29

    Securing Your Individual Bales & Garden .............................................................................................. 30

    Growing In Single Rows .............................................................................................................................. 31

    Doubling Up Your Bales .............................................................................................................................. 32

    Straw Bale Raised Bed Combo ................................................................................................................ 33

    Getting Creative ......................................................................................................................................... 34

    Conditioning Your Straw Bales ...................................................................................................................... 36

    Standard Conditioning Method ........................................................................................................... 37

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    Alternating Conditioning Method ........................................................................................................ 38

    Direct Microbial Injection ....................................................................................................................... 39

    Planting Your Beds .......................................................................................................................................... 41

    Planting In Pockets Or Holes .................................................................................................................. 41

    Planting In Flat Beds ................................................................................................................................ 43

    Protecting Seedlings & Extending Your Season ................................................................................ 44

    Vegetable Planting ................................................................................................................................. 47

    Plant Beans & Peas ................................................................................................................................. 49

    Plant Broccoli ........................................................................................................................................... 49

    Plant Cauliflower ..................................................................................................................................... 49

    Plant Cabbages ...................................................................................................................................... 49

    Plant Carrots............................................................................................................................................. 50

    Plant Parsnips ........................................................................................................................................... 50

    Plant Corn ................................................................................................................................................. 50

    Plant Cucumber ...................................................................................................................................... 50

    Plant Lettuce ............................................................................................................................................ 51

    Plant Spinach ........................................................................................................................................... 51

    Plant Onions ............................................................................................................................................. 51

    Plant Garlic ............................................................................................................................................... 51

    Plant Peppers ........................................................................................................................................... 52

    Plant Potatoes ......................................................................................................................................... 52

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