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January 25, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Karsten enthusiastic about gardening technique
ROSEVILLE Gardeners often spread straw as mulch on their garden beds, using it to retain moisture and control weeds.
But a whole bale of straw can actually become a vessel for planting vegetables and flowers, offering the same advantages plus many more.
Worthington native Joel Karsten has become an expert in the straw bale planting method, having developed the process through his own experimentation. He’s written a booklet detailing the method, teaches community education classes on it, hosts a website and Facebook forum and is a frequent speaker to garden clubs and other community groups.
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