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All New Square Foot Gardening

Grow More in Less Space!
Bartholomew, Mel (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening? Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it's even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground. But, the best feature is that "anyone," "anywhere" can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results. But, let's get back to the ten improvements. You're going to love them. 1) New Location - Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single-row gardening. Square Foot Garden needs just "twenty percent" of the space of a traditional garden. 2) New Direction - Locate your garden "on top" of existing soil. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that?), or the never-ending soil improvements. 3) New Soil - The new "Mel's Mix" is the perfect growing mix. Why, we even give you the recipe. Best of all, you can even "buy" the different types of compost needed. 4) New Depth - You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches! It's true--the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth. 5) No Fertilizer - The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer-ever! If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don't need to add fertilizer. 6) New Boxes - The new method uses bottomless boxes placed aboveground. We show you how to build your own (with step-by-step photos). 7) New Aisles - The ideal gardening aisle width is about three to four feet. That makes it even easier to kneel, work, and harvest. 8)New Grids - Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest. 9)New Seed Saving Idea - The old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras (that means pulling them up). The new method means planting a pinch- literally two or three seeds--per planting hole. 10) Tabletop Gardens - The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter (only 6 inches of soil, remember?), you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable. Of course, that's not all. We've also included simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations. You're going to love it!
Authors: Bartholomew, Mel
Title: All new square foot gardening
grow more in less space!
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Cool Springs Press, c2006
Characteristics: 271 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mel Bartholomew
Notes: Includes indexes
Rev. ed. of: Square foot gardening, 2005
Additional Contributors: Bartholomew, Mel - Square foot gardening
ISBN: 9781591862024
1591862027
Branch Call Number: 635 B287a 2006
Subject Headings: Square foot gardening Vegetable gardening
Topical Term: Square foot gardening
Vegetable gardening
LCCN: 2005025355
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Really useful for small Chicago lots.

Highly recommend this book. I have been gardening for 30 years. During my last vacation, I read this book. This book make me excited to grow various kind of vegetables. The method in this book is really fun to try.

Jun 29, 2013
  • nlb2358 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the best gardening book I have read, and this Spring/summer I have been doing a LOT of garden book reading trying to learn about gardening. I am now on a search for my own copy - I plan on following this method next year no questions asked!! This guy is a genius! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book!

May 09, 2012
  • Jill5455426 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great ideas I'm going to try this year. I loved his writing style; felt like he was standing next to me, guiding me step by step. I can't wait to try these ideas!

Apr 25, 2011
  • frosty73 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Perfect for the newbie gardener. It is chock full of inexpensive plans, useful information, and lots of enthusiasm.

Feb 23, 2011
  • c_anderson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very annoying writing style, especially all the testimonials. Some good ideas perhaps, but not suited to everyone, and relies on very heavy watering and fertilization.

Oct 03, 2010
  • knutsonjs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An easy read and quite an interesting concept, this Square Foot Gardening. Wouldn't work for me, but that doesn't diminish the value of the ideas in the book.

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