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By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Beacon Journal home writer
Joel Karsten plants seeds in a layer of potting mix he has spread on top of a straw bale. (Joel Karsten)
Tomatoes thrive in a straw bale. (Joel Karsten)
Joel Karsten harvests tomatoes from his straw bale garden. (Joel Karsten)
Climbing vegetables planted in straw bales grow up wire supports in Joel Karsten's garden. (Joel Karsten)
Joel Karsten plants a basil seedling in a straw bale. (Joel Karsten)
Young plants grow from straw bales set on the ground in Joel Karsten's garden. Plastic sheeting at the ends of the rows was used to protect plants that were started early. (Joel Karsten)
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