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All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space [Paperback]

Mel Bartholomew
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Feb. 14 2006 All New Square Foot Gardening
Do you know what the best feature is in "All New Square Foot Gardening"?

Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it's even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground.

But, the best feature is that "anyone," "anywhere" can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results.

But, let's get back to the ten improvements. You're going to love them.


1) New Location - Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single-row gardening. Square Foot Garden needs just "twenty percent" of the space of a traditional garden.

2) New Direction - Locate your garden "on top" of existing soil. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that?), or the never-ending soil improvements.

3) New Soil - The new "Mel's Mix" is the perfect growing mix. Why, we even give you the recipe. Best of all, you can even "buy" the different types of compost needed.

4) New Depth - You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches! It's true--the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth.

5) No Fertilizer - The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer-ever! If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don't need to add fertilizer.

6)New Boxes - The new method uses bottomless boxes placed aboveground. We show you how to build your own (with step-by-step photos).

7) New Aisles - The ideal gardening aisle width is about three to four feet. That makes it even easier to kneel, work, and harvest.

8) New Grids - Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest.

9) New Seed Saving Idea - The old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras (that means pulling them up). The new method means planting a pinch- literally two or three seeds--per planting hole.

10) Tabletop Gardens - The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter (only 6 inches of soil, remember?), you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable.

Of course, that's not all. We've also included simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations. You're going to love it!

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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

From the Back Cover

The Best-Selling Vegetable Gardening Book in America is Better Than Ever!
Square Foot Gardening works; over two million gardeners will agree. That’s how many folks have put Mel Bartholomew’s innovative grid-based method to the test over the years, and always with the same result: more produce in less space with less work.
In this exciting new edition of All New Square Foot Gardening, you’ll find all of Mel’s secrets revealed and all of his techniques explained. And you’ll marvel at how simple it really is: Create perfect soil in a raised box and plant your crops carefully in square-foot grids. No additional fertilizing is needed and virtually no weeding is required. Simply water and wait and you’ll be rewarded with two to three times the bounty you’d get from traditional row gardening. In your yard, in your driveway, on a balcony, or on a rooftop, your Square Foot Garden can be created practically anywhere. This beautiful new edition also contains all-new information on popular topics like gardening with kids and controlling pests.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT guide for your new garden March 16 2009
I bought Mel's book last fall, and it's inspired me to scrap the way I've been gardening for years and go the Square Foot Gardening route. This year I may still keep my traditional rows for a couple things, but I can see myself switching to this method in full over the next couple years.
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! May 27 2009
This book has wonderful ideas and makes the whole process of starting a garden simple and easy. The first year when starting up is what will cost the most (less than $200 for us) and maintainance should be about $10/year after that! With the amount of produce expected, it is more than worth it. I have checked this type of gardening out on other websites and nobody can compare with the technique in this book. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK FOR THE EAT FRESH GARDENER June 26 2009
I love this book! I have never had the time or place to have a garden and I love fresh veggies. I put my boxes on my deck so I just have to walk out the door and I can water and then hopefully harvest. The book gives you step by step directions from start to finish, explaining why you are doing the steps. I bought the started veggies from my greenhouse so for most of it I don't have to wait until they sprout. My tomatoe plants have fruit already. 2 boxes will give me tomatoes, peas, beans, beets, carrots and radishes to eat and a few petunias for color....Try it you'll wonder why you never bought the book years ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Gardening July 10 2009
This book is clearly set out, easy to read and materials are readily avaiable to create your own 'square foot' garden. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gardening made simple! Really! Feb. 26 2011
I love gardening but traditional garden plots of rows on rows is just too much work now. This idea makes the whole idea of a garden exciting again! Fresh vegetables from your own yard ( any size yard ) can be a reality
once set up.... year after year! I am so grateful for this easy to read book ,with simple instructions and indepth information about the different vegetables you will be growing... is just wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening made easy! June 20 2009
Trust an efficiency expert to cut through the B.S. of traditional vegetable gardening row techniques to create a beautiful and practical gardening technique for those of us with postage-sized city backyards. I've started to compost in preparation for next season, when I intend to build at least one 4 foot by 4 foot by six inches (deep) gridded garden with the fluffy easy soil mixture recommended.
Well worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC Sept. 6 2010
This book is one of the best investments I have made in years. Simple, informative, eco friendly, and inexpensive.
It's a must for folks who want to keep their food growing in their own backyard or balcony. No digging, weeding or fertilizing required. One has to wonder how something so simple took so long to catch on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Information April 15 2010
I bought the Square Foot Gardening book many years ago, and was thrilled to see an updated version. Square foot gardening is the easiest way to garden. If you have little space to garden in, this is your solution. This is a must read for gardeners or people that are just starting out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, efficient, & very effective.
This book really helped me get started with gardening, in a very easy, efficient, effective way.
Published 2 months ago by James Laine
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
Love this book, I can't wait to try this method out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Ideas
Was recommened to me as a different way to grow vegetables. Received it too late for this year , but will build the "boxes" this winter for next year.
Published 4 months ago by Wendy A. Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars My Husband the Farmer
We would never had considered gardening before reading the book 'All New Square Foot Gardening'. It made gardening very enjoyable and easy to understand. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sally Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars All that you need to know, right here in these pages.
A very comprehensive guide to gardening, fantastic for beginners and veterans alike. Something for everyone here. Well written and easy to follow. A good read.
Published 5 months ago by Jason Seniuk
1.0 out of 5 stars DID NOT WORK FOR ME
I bought the stuff for the 3 part mix -- (peat moss (1 part), agricultural vermiculite (1 part), and a variety of different composts (1 part) and followed all the directions... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lookingelsewhere
4.0 out of 5 stars Great back yard method
I liked the book and his idea that most gardening methods are throw backs to row farming, due to the equipment that was used in farming operations. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Earmotion
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book ever
I love this book and read it over and again. I sent it to my Mom and my Sister to keep them warm in the winter!
Published 6 months ago by Bert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Lots of usable information, explanations are in language even a beginner could understand, it will be my gardening bible from now on...... I highly recommend it!!!!
Published 8 months ago by Barbara Morrow
5.0 out of 5 stars So simple... so productive
This is a well laid out book that gives you an insight into how to increase yield with the space you have.
Published 9 months ago by Bob Webber
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