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Some gardeners growing fruit, veggies in straw bales instead of soil

Tomatoes grow in a straw bale at Minnesota author Joel Karsten's garden.
Photographer: Tracy Walsh/Cool Springs Press
Tomatoes grow in a straw bale at Minnesota author Joel Karsten's garden.
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Bad soil? Not enough soil? Maybe even no soil? Skip the ground and try planting fruits and vegetables in straw bales instead, suggests Joel Karsten, author of “Straw Bale Gardens” (Cool Springs Press, 2013) and guru of one of this year’s gardening trends. The idea behind straw-bale gardening is simple. “It’s basically a different type of container garden,” says Karsten, of Roseville, Minn. The vessel is a bale of straw and the medium, a nutrient-rich ...

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