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  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (Feb. 15 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878573410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878573417
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #407,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R.A. on March 16 2010
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 By A Customer on May 10 2004
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 By Dick Hickman on 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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By Galae on Jan. 29 2014
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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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By daisy M on Jan. 16 2014
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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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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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By RoyBo on June 2 2012
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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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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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