While often thought of as a recent technique, straw bale
gardening originated in the 1950s, when the pickling industry needed a new way to grow cucumbers.
In Karsten's method, fertiliser is used to convert the insides of a straw bale
into composted soil, where seeds are planted.
When it comes to the overall cost for a straw bale
house, don't assume it is low.
I know from "conventional" straw bale
experience that one can usually just carve bales to allow for any additional size--but here at my house, I've got rows and rows of bales above some of the windows.
The research team will be assessing straw bales
and hemp as building materials so that they can be used more widely in the building industry for housing, helping the UK achieve its targets for reducing carbon emissions.
More than 100 straw bales
from Netherley were used alongside green oak taken from fallen trees in Woolton Woods.
"Some of the tours are exclusively solar, but we have straw bale
homes and earth shelters (some grid-tied and some not), wind and solar generators, cogeneration and geothermal.
The book begins with a brief history of straw bale
building, followed by a chapter on the basics of straw as a building material.
New technology added to an old technique is providing satisfactory answers to all these concerns, and a growing number of winery owners are opting for straw bale
construction for their new or expanding operations.
Because of these advantages, straw bale
buildings in Mongolia are now providing energy savings of 80 percent-plus.
The building, to be completed by the autumn, will have straw bale
wall construction, ``green'' oak beams, a living sedum roof, rain water recycling and solar panels.
Earth building, such as cob, straw bale
, and adobe, is gaining in popularity due to these homes' overall energy efficiency, longevity, beauty, and low environmental impact.