Joel Karsten

I grew up on a crop and dairy farm in Southwestern Minnesota and started gardening as a kid with my Grandma Josephine. She was really my first “professor” of horticulture, but I rounded out my education with a BS in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota a few years later.

Farming and caring for livestock are much more than a full-time job. My dad always joked when I complained, “you can take a vacation anytime you want, as long as you’re back in three hours!” I decided farming would not be for me, so I became an entrepreneur starting a business while I was still a Junior at the University.

I have owned several businesses over the years but have always maintained my passion for gardening. I want to help you discover the greatest way ever to grow vegetables, a method of gardening I have perfected over the years, a method I call Straw Bale Gardening. If you have ever thought growing vegetables was difficult, time consuming, and hard on your knees and back, I will change your mind completely. My method eliminates weeding, and bending, making it so much easier. This method allows anyone, anywhere to grow a successful garden with a small investment regardless of whether you even have soil in your yard at all.

Books in order of publication:

Straw Bale Gardens: The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and with No Weeding – 2013

Straw Bale Gardens Complete: Breakthrough Vegetable Gardening Method – 2015

Straw Bale Solutions: Creative Tips for Growing Vegetables in Bales at Home, in Community Gardens, and around the World – 2018

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