Joel Karsten Author of Straw Bale Gardens

Joel Karsten

Visitors to the Maple Grove Garden Tour will have the chance to meet Joel Karsten Author of Straw Bale GardensStraw Bale Gardens became a New York Times  Best Selling book this year after people discovered this simple, yet revolutionary way to grow a bountiful garden without using herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides, and without weeding.

Joel was born and raised on a tree nursery and crop farm in Southwestern, Minnesota.  Joel has a degree in Horticulture Science from the University of Minnesota.   He is a passionate, informed speaker.  His inspirational and educational presentation will inspire you to try this new and amazingly simple method of gardening.

If you thought the only place to grow healthy crops was in black dirt, you will be amazed by the versatility and flexibility offered by Straw Bale Gardening.  Any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop or driveway, can become a a productive garden space.

Joel shares how to plant a wide variety of vegetables, root crops, or beautiful flower gardens, directly into your “conditioned” straw bales.  You will never do the “heavy lifting” or bending required with normal soil-based gardens again.  Learn this revolutionary and easy gardening method from the original pioneer of Straw Bale Gardening, and learn to garden, without ever lifting a shovel or breaking a sweat.

Joel will be the featured speaker at Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery (9293 Pineview Lane North, Maple Grove) as part of the Maple Grove Days Garden Tour this Sunday, July 14th from 1pm to 5pm.  Joel will present on Straw Bale Gardening at the top and bottom of every hour during the tour.  The tour and Joel’s presentation are free and open to the public.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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