Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work

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Rodale, Apr 2, 2005 - Gardening - 346 pages
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One of the bestselling garden books ever is fresher than ever! Ready to inspire a whole new generation of gardeners.

When he created the "square foot gardening" method, Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer and efficiency expert, found the solution to the frustrations of most gardeners. His revolutionary system is simple: it's an ingenious planting method based on using square foot blocks of garden space instead of rows. Gardeners build up, not down, so there's no digging and no tilling after the first year. And the method requires less thinning, less weeding, and less watering.

"I found a better way to garden, one that's more efficient, more manageable, and requires less work," Bartholomew explains. Not surprisingly, his method quickly received worldwide recognition and has been written up in every major newspaper and gardening magazine. His book, which served as the companion to the nationally acclaimed television series, has sold over 800,000 copies. Now freshened with new illustrations, the book Ingram calls "the largest selling garden book in America" is reissued for the delight of a whole new generation of gardeners.
 

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User Review  - Gold_Gato - LibraryThing

This is a very good book for anyone who wants to grow a market garden, even if there is little open ground to do so. By creating squares divided into specific grids, the author provides an easy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mirandalg14 - LibraryThing

Great instruction to maximize produce while cutting down on time weeding and watering. I definitely want to try this. Read full review

Contents

A Better way 01 Garaenind
1
Understanding Square Foot Gardening
9
Choosing the Right Size and Layout
28
Simple Tools for Sejuare Foot Gardens
39
Getting Started Site and Soil Choices
44
Planting Procedures rrom Simple to Advanced
69
Spacing and Planting Methods
96
Vertical Growing
105
Preventing Problems Weeds Pests and Diseases
195
Enjoying the Harvest
205
Extending the Growing Season
217
EndolSeason Activities
232
Special Gardens
240
A CropbyCrop Guide
260
Sources
333
Average Dates ol Last Spring r rost
335

Cages Boxes and Vertical Supports
125
SeedStarting Techniojues and Tips
149
Planting Seedlings and Transplants
166
Watering Guidelines
183
Average Dates of First Fall Frost
336
Index
337
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About the author (2005)

MEL BARTHOLOMEW, a retired businessman and engineer, found the answer to the frustrations of most gardeners with his square foot gardening method, which has received worldwide acclaim. He also created the non-profit Square Foot Gardening Foundation to promote easy gardening methods for people around the world. He lives in Utah.

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