Square Foot Gardening Paperback – Feb 15 1981
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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
From the Back Cover
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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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.
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
-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:
* pole beans
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!
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Correspond au produit demandé. Le contenu est bien détaillé et est à la portée de tous. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2014 by Galae
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
This book is Timeless & should be read by everyone interested in growing their own nutritious food with minimal effort. Read morePublished on April 17 2013 by judy
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 morePublished on June 2 2012 by RoyBro
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 morePublished on May 14 2012 by EventualPyre
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