All New Square Foot Gardening

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Cool Springs Press, Feb 14, 2006 - Gardening - 272 pages

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!


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Great book on gardening that makes it easy for the amateur. It really makes you want to head over to the local hardware store and start your own garden. Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as he makes it ... Read full review

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Best gardening book ever: I do not come by gardening naturally, but after my daughter read this book in Africa, she convinced me that even I could make things grow. She was right. I live in a rural ... Read full review


1 Introduction
2 SFG New and Improved
3 Plan Your Garden
4 Building Boxes and Structures
5 Mels Mix Essential for Square Foot Gardening Success
6 How to Plant Your All New Square Foot Garden
7 Growing and Harvesting
8 Vertical Gardening
9 Extending the Seasons
10 Special Gardens Gardeners

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About the author (2006)

Author Mel Bartholomew developed the innovative square foot approach to gardening back in the 1970s, first publishing on the subject a few years later. His follow-up title, All New Square Foot Gardening, was published in 2005 and has since made home gardening accessible for millions. His Square Foot Gardening television show ran for five seasons on PBS. Through various humanitarian organizations, including the Square Foot Gardening Foundation and the Square Meter Gardening International Training Centers, he has helped put fresh vegetables on the table in underprivileged societies all over the world. He currently resides in California, with the Square Foot Gardening Foundation located in South Carolina.

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