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Square Foot Gardening [Paperback]

Mel Bartholomew
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Feb. 15 1981
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

Square Foot Gardening presents a new way to garden in less space with less work.

* 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.

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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

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE gardening book! Jan. 27 2004
Format:Paperback
Wow! If you're looking for a gardening book to see you through from planting to harvest, then this is for you!
Before I purchased this book, I only knew the mere basics of gardening [namely, put seed in ground, water.] but Mr. Bartholomew goes right back to the beginning without being tedious. Also, he is not too preachy nor overconfident in his formula for square foot gardening - which obviously works when you stop to think about it.
The illustrations are simple yet spot on, the list of plants and how to plant them is extensive and applicable for various regions on earth [I live in Ireland and was able to grow plants just as the author described].
If you've ever wanted to get into gardening without investing too much time/effort/money and wanted a simple approach which will give you results with little fuss - then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.
- A.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Best Gardening Book bar none! Especially City Gardens, where space is limited!!! Anything you need to know about gardening is in this book, nothing is left out. I have a 6' X 12' garden and in my first year I yielded enough vegetables to last from end of June to October and I'm still growing (I live is Mass too where it gets really cold, really fast)
This book contains the best formula for creating the best soils, plans on how to build raised beds, cold frames, vegetable support structures, charts that explain: when to plant, how to maintain, when to harvest, handling pests, and everything in between. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE GARDENING BOOK! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED... THIS IS A 100% GUARANTEED, CUSTOMER SATISFACTION BOOK!
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, easy, effective and fun. July 11 2003
Format:Paperback
A year and a half ago, I purchased a new place with a small yard, clayey soil, but a very good southern exposure. My first spring at the place, I thought, "I want to raise some fresh vegetables." My dad always had a garden when we were growing up, and I know nothing beats that "Right from the garden" taste. So, like the dutiful college boy I am, I was off to the used bookstore to get a book on gardening, where I stumbled on this book by accident.

Sound, practical advice. First of all, my plot is so small (about 20 square feet), the soil this year is 100% better than last year. By spring, 2004, I expect to have the best soil on the block. Secondly, what a harvest for the space! Last year I grew only summer veggies. This year, though, I started harvesting radishes and lettuce in April, and have full, bushy tomatoes, cukes, pea vines and pole beans that are the envy of my brothers, sisters and parents. When I tell them I merely spend an hour or so a week gardening, they scoff.

Let them scoff. This book is sound, very easy to follow: A great method for gardening in small spaces. Cheap, easy, effective and fun.
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Published 19 days ago by Norma Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Square foot gardening
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Published 7 months ago by Galae
5.0 out of 5 stars great
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by daisy M
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Published 17 months ago by judy
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Work More Veggies
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... Read more
Published on June 2 2012 by RoyBo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gardening resource!
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. Read more
Published on May 14 2012 by EventualPyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Square Foot Gardening
Square Foot Gardening was bought for someone else and she has me doing all the 'grunt' work this spring to implement the suggestions in this book.
Published on Jan. 19 2012 by movie lover 69er
5.0 out of 5 stars Square Foot Gardening
Square foot gardening is not new but I had never heard the term before. The author's concepts have interested me to the point that the summer was spent constructing a garden plot... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2009 by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the gardening beginner.
I was told about this book many years ago when I first became interested in gardening. It is a great book for those just starting out, those living in areas with poor soil etc. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by HRN7442
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