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Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work [Paperback]

Mel Bartholomew
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Book Description

March 10 2005
One of the bestselling garden books ever is fresher than ever! Ready to inspire a whole new generation of gardeners.

When he created the "square foot gardening" method, Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer and efficiency expert, found the solution to the frustrations of most gardeners. His revolutionary system is simple: it's an ingenious planting method based on using square foot blocks of garden space instead of rows. Gardeners build up, not down, so there's no digging and no tilling after the first year. And the method requires less thinning, less weeding, and less watering.

"I found a better way to garden, one that's more efficient, more manageable, and requires less work," Bartholomew explains. Not surprisingly, his method quickly received worldwide recognition and has been written up in every major newspaper and gardening magazine. His book, which served as the companion to the nationally acclaimed television series, has sold over 800,000 copies. Now freshened with new illustrations, the book Ingram calls "the largest selling garden book in America" is reissued for the delight of a whole new generation of gardeners.

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"The book is great and the method is even better."--Bob Thomson, host of Victory Garden

"Top 10 Gardening Best-Seller."--Publishers Weekly

"This is a good, competent gardening book, well written and sensibly presented."--Library Journal

"How to get more from less is one of life's major challenges today. Here is a book that does just that for those with a hoe..."--Booklist

"Bartholomew is a welcome presence..."--Kirkus Reviews

"This amazing discovery truly makes gardening fun and easy."--Mike Levey, host of Amazing Discoveries

"The approach is fascinating. It's new, different and very innovative."--Long Island Horticultural Society

"It's one of the few garden books that offers something new to the reader."--Christian Science Monitor
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As seen by milions on national television

"The book is great and the method is even better."--Bob Thomson, host of Victory Garden

Twice as much in half the space!

* A complete garden book for both the beginner and the expert
* A new way to garden with 80 percent less space and work
* The companion book to the nationally acclaimed television series
* Over 900,000 copies in print

About the author
Mel Martholomew, a retired engineer, found the answer to the frustrations of most gardeners, "I found a beter way to garden," says Mel, "one that's more efficent, more manageable and less work." The result is Square Foot Gardening. His method has received world-wid recognition for its simplicity and uniqueness and has been written up in every major newspaper and gardening magazine.

What they're saying
"This amazing discovery truly makes gardening fun and easy."--Mike Levey, host of Amazing Discoveries

"The approach is fascinating. It's new, different and very innovative."--Long Island Horticultural Society

"It's one of the few garden books that offers something new to the reader."--Christian Science Monitor

"Top 10 gardening best-seller."--Publishers Weekly

* Grow a perfect garden in only 10 minutes a day.
* Harvest the biggest tomatoes.
* Enjoy spectacular flowers every day.
* Ideal for beginners from 4 to 94.
* Simple, easy, attractive and rewarding gardens.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to garden for people with health issues March 16 2010
By R.A.
Format:Paperback
I tried The square foot garden technique last summer and I think it is a good method of gardening for someone who is weak from surgery, chemo, or radiation. It's more then just a raised bed, the book tells you specific methods that work well, what kind of soil mix to use, and unique, but simple planting methods.
Pros of a square foot garden:
-You can tend and manage this garden, even if you can't manage a regular garden.
-It's very productive for it's size. I got quite a lot of veggies from this.
-It's compact so you could put it on a patio, or even make one as a roof garden. Mine is in my back yard
-It's neat and organized
-It hardly gets any weeds
-You don't have to rake or hoe. The soil is soft enough that you just can use your hands

Cons
-You have to build it, but it's not too complicated.
-You have to buy the soil and mix it before you put it in.

I live north of Toronto, and these things grew well in my square foot garden:
* lettuce
* coriander
* parsley
* carrots
* celery
* beets
* radishes
* spinach
* calendula
* nasturtiums
* pole beans
* onions
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Easy Way to Garden May 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening is one of the best gardening books on the market. It shows you how to maximum your gardening effeciency by growing the plants in a wide bed instead of the more traditional narrow row method developed for tractors. By reducing the rows and maximizing the area of planting, you reduce the amount of wasted water and compose. You get more out of this important resources and your gardening efforts. The book is 20 years old and a little dated, but still worth the purchase for the beginning gardener.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT just another gardening book... Nov. 13 2003
Format:Paperback
As a retiree I have plenty of time on my hands. After planting a flower garden (first effort) for my Mom, I quickly realized that crawling around on my hands and knees was not comfortable for me and searched the Web for alternatives. Found Mel's website at [...] Being frugal and a customer of Amazon, I looked for a bargain-priced copy of his book. Found one. Bought it. And then...
When the book arrived I couldn't put it down. The subject matter was all new to me, but it was an easy one-on-one kind of read. So much good stuff. Practical. Logical. And...raised a question in my thinking process.
Why isn't everybody using this gardening system?
I tried it. I like it. You will too!
The author of this book questioned the common practice of row gardening and experimented. Sharing his methods AND the results teaches new and experienced gardeners how to eliminate the hard work of digging, tilling and weeding. You will learn to save time, effort, space , water, and increase your harvest.
I never experienced the "old-fashioned" way to garden. Square Foot Gardening provides all the known/assumed pleasures and self-satisfaction of gardening, without the drudgery. I have a Stand-Up garden that is easy to care for, portable and actually FUN.
Mel Bartholomew, the originator and author of "Square Foot Gardening" since writing the book has formed the Square Foot Gardening Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that is taking this method across the nation and around the world!
Buy this book! WARNING: It may change your view of your role in this thing called Life. "Square Foot Gardening" is NOT just another gardening book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Square foot gardening Jan. 29 2014
By Galae
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Correspond au produit demandé. Le contenu est bien détaillé et est à la portée de tous. Donne les information indispensables pour créer un jardin dans un petit espace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Jan. 16 2014
By daisy M
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
my son is an avid gardener in his small back yard. He said he tried some of the tips, and they really do work.
He is happy I purchased this for him for his birthday. A very convenient book .
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By judy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is Timeless & should be read by everyone interested in growing their own nutritious food with minimal effort.
It explains everything you need to know in easy to follow details.
I recommend this book to all age groups, people with gardens or apartment dwellers.
It works & you'll be happy you bought this book!
Buy a copy for people you love!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less Work More Veggies June 2 2012
By RoyBo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book offers some good suggestions for high intensity gardening but is short on details. Emphasising the time saved by gardening in square foot sections, the author doesn't provide sufficient detail on preferred construction materials (treated vs. untreated woods) or plan synergies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gardening resource! May 14 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have desires of being a farmer but a back yard garden is the next best thing, the very idea of square foot gardening is quite brilliant and this book doesn't disappoint. While the basics you could probably figure out without purchase of the book, there are pearls of wisdom throughout that make it well worth it. Also just as a reference, it's a book that will live on my bookshelf forever. Wish it had the sowing/planting/harvesting guide for more veggies than it does, but that's just the human desire to want it all!
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