Author and straw bale gardening expert Joel Karsten will be the featured speaker at the annual Country Living & Natural Health Expo to be held from 9 a.m-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Sunnyview Expo Center near the north edge of Oshkosh.
Karsten will describe how a few small straw bales and a bit of fertilizer can serve as the growing medium for many annual vegetables, fruits, and flowers. His book "Straw Bale Gardens" indicates that this method overcomes such potential obstacles as limited gardening space, poor soil, weeds, a short growing season, water needs, and the physical difficulty of working at ground level.
The growing method is suitable for starting plants from both seeds and seedlings, Karsten points out. He also provides advice on how to cope with plant pests and how to apply the principles of vertical gardening with the straw bales.
Vendors of natural foods, gardening products, landscaping services, and related activities are invited to set up a display at the expo. To arrange for a booth, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no charge for the public to attend the mid-winter expo.