All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space Paperback – Feb 14 2006
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"Bartholomew, author of the popular Square Foot Gardening (1981), has refined his original square-foot gardening concept by adding ten improvements, including a new location for the garden that is closer to the house, a special soil mix, and six-inch deep, 4' x 4' above-ground boxes with grids. His techniques do not require heavy digging or fertilizers and feature advice on using vertical gardening to save space. He clearly explains the square-foot concept, from the rationale behind it (the square-foot garden takes up much less space than traditional row gardening and saves time, money, and aggravation) to how to plan the garden, build the boxes and vertical supports, and employ his planting and cultural techniques. There are also helpful charts for succession planting and spacing plants and a schedule for starting seeds indoors. Despite its somewhat annoying tendency to read like an infomercial, this attractive, easy-to-understand, and well-organized book for both novice and experienced gardeners is recommended for all libraries." — Library Journal
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Right from the Intro you start to see the benifits / reasons why this way of gardening is much more efficent - Mel's not trying to sell you on some fad Diet, or some scheme - it's all tried and true and it all makes perfect sense when you're reading. From the 'soiless' Mel's Mix to the 6" of planting depth for most veggies (Including Tomatoes.)
I'd highly recommend this book. DO a search on google for square foot gardening and you'll find thousands of practitioners who support and endorse the method.
Well worth it!
I picked up a copy of this book on my Amazon Kindle App to read about a new way to do gardening. I was looking at various sources to learn gardening. and with the bit I read of the book in the reviews and in a preview on Amazon, I decided to buy it (kindle edition) and read the rest. I was not disappointed. I read the book digital cover to digital cover. The book was laid out well and covered all my questions to date. It gave me ideas how to lay out the garden, what plants to grow, and some companion planting ideas.
The author, Mel Bartholomew, was an efficiency expert and civil engineer. He used those skills to redesign gardening from rows to squares. He used space efficiently for a home garden, and not for an industrial sized, full production garden. Waste-not, want-not seems the driving force through his invention of this method of gardening. The flow of the book takes you from theory to practice and assists you in design and gives lots of ideas to create your garden.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking at gardening in a new way, getting into gardening and want an easy way to do things, or just like to try new things.
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Excellent book if you want to start home garden, you can also make adjustments to boxes by checking online such as adding legs or clear lid for winter gardening.Published 1 month ago by Bobby
This is definitely how I am going to garden in 2016. The layout is easy and I like using raised beds rather than a traditional garden plot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nancy Culyer
Just love this book, it gives you all the info needed to become a pro Gardner, i gardened first time this year and had great success!Published 5 months ago by Sangeeta
My daughter-in-law loves this book. She set up her garden(s) using this book, and she loves them. Highly recommended book!Published 6 months ago by HomeJames
This is a wonderful book to make sense of containing a no till garden and without it all washing away. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frances
Very interesting read, like some of the ideas but the technique feels too strict to me and I'm not very fond of the result visually-speaking. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jean-Marie Prévost