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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (Feb. 14 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591862027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591862024
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Petryk on March 16 2009
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Peters on June 26 2009
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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 By Crystal Downing on July 10 2009
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Harper on May 27 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary on March 2 2012
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I never planned on gardening as an adult after being drug to my parents garden summer after summer as a young person just to get eaten alive by the bugs. I've tried a couple times since I've been married and figured out costly/ineffective ways how NOT to garden and decided to stop after negative returns on investment. This book has completely changed my mind and I already believe I'm a complete success before the snow is even gone. Just reading the first few pages of the intro completely sold me on Mel's gardening philosophy completely! My bride is on board with me and I'm sure my children will really enjoy this too! Thanks Mel! Positively, [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Rodrigues on June 20 2009
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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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Gardening was a part of life of every family. If you didn’t grow your own, you didn’t eat. You had your own garden, chickens, a cow or two, horses, an whatever else tickled your fancy. You bartered, traded and sold a bit here and there. However, that was a long time ago. Some people are trying to get back to that level of self-sufficiency, myself included. I know I will always need money to pay mortgages, taxes, put gas in the car and diesel in the tractor. However, I also know that it is possible to lower all the bills and live closer to the land.

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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By Janice on March 28 2013
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I built 6 4X4 foot boxes and filled them using the exact soil formula in this book. Four years later, the boxes still look great and I am harvesting outrageously oversized and delicious vegetables for 4-5 months a year in Zone 5A. The boxes are super easy to maintain and only require an afternoon at the end of the season to put them to bed for the winter. Spring planting is just as easy and the grid keeps everything organized. An excellent resource that practically guarantees growing success if you follow the recommendations closely. I will say that the initial investment for lumber and compost was fairly expensive for a small growing space but that cost has been more than recouped in an amazing quantity of organic vegetables, herbs and strawberries and now the boxes require very little to maintain. I top them up with an inch or so of compost in the spring as soon as the soil has thawed (which happens weeks sooner than the rest of the yard inside the boxes) and start planting. Highly recommended.
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