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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Square Foot Gardening presents a new way to garden in less space with less work. The book has been overwhelmingly accepted by gardeners across America. Bartholomew also hosts the popular PBS series of the same name. 37 photos. 63 illustrations and charts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579548568
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/2/2005
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 186,567
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    This book rocks! I mean soils!!

    ***********I love this book!************** Every Spring I pull this one out! It tells me what I can start planting when, and gives an excellent plan to organize my garden into square foot spaces grouped together in a 16 square foot block. Two blocks is all I need to provide me with plenty of vegetables and herbs for my family of 6; that is a considerably smaller space than I have used in the past. Not only is the space needed smaller, but the way the garden is organized in one block with the perimeter used for walking around, instead of between the rows, makes it easy to weed and keeps the soil from getting compacted. Mel also emphasizes planning a garden based on what you think you will actually eat and the size each plant gets, not on how many seeds are in the packet. Therefore, if you think you'll eat 16 carrots, then plant 16 seeds which, because carrots are small, will fit in one square foot space. After harvesting those, you can replant another batch, or plant 8 carrots every week for a continual harvest of fresh carrots throughout the season. And did you ever think of growing your cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, zucchini vertical? Mel, gives space saving techniques for this option as well. INCREDIBLE! is all I can say. Check it out at your local library, but I assure you, you will fall in love with it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Very practical reference

    I have been using this book since the early 90s. It's my basic reference for planning the garden each year. His techniques work and make gardening much simpler and more productive. Yes, if I still had the back yard from the house I grew up in, I'd probably still make rows with string and the edge of a hoe and just drop seeds in, but I don't have that kind of space and time. This allows high productivity from a small plot of ground and the maximum return for time and energy. If you buy it, you will use it every year and it will end up annotated with your adaptations for your particular climate and location.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    The Bible of Gardening

    If you want to learn how to feed your family all the vegetables you want from your own garden in only minutes a day, this is the book.

    It turns out that it only takes one 4 foot by 4 foot section of garden to feed most people all the fresh vegetables they want. Two 4 by 4 sections per family member will give you enough to eat, can and gie away as presents. This easy to read book is all anyone needs to read to go from novice to expert. I had to buy this copy because I have loaned my book out to so many people I cannot remember who I gave it to last!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2000

    An efficient gardening method

    Square Foot gardening provides a different, more efficient approach to vegetable gardening. It involves dividing the garden area into square foot sections, utilizing each space more efficiently and producing only those items you can normally consume. Crop rotation is emphasized, having plants ready to plant as soon as space becomes available, to maximize the growing season. Vertical gardening, raised garden beds, garden care and maintenance is also covered. Too much to discuss here. The main downside to this book is that the initial costs of setting up the garden, implementing the tools, methods and suggestions outlined in this book could be prohibitive for some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    You'll be in Good Company

    Do you like to garden? Of course you do, or you wouldn't be reading this review. Well, I like to garden too, but you know how I use to do it before I learned about Square Foot Gardening? I use to take a handful of seeds and scatter them down a furrow, and I hoped because the seed was two years old, that they wouldn't all germinate. But they usually all came up and I had the arduous chore of thining all those plants. I don't know about you, but I hate to pull a good plant and leave it lying on the ground in a shriveled heap. First I think of how much seed costs now days, second I feel guilty because it's such a waste. Square Foot Gardening does all of the following, it saves space, saves money, saves water (if you live in an arid place like I do) it gives you peace of mind because you're not wasting seed, or you're not producing more than you can eat. How is this accomplished? Buy the book and find out...you'll be in good company; over four million copies of Square Foot Gardening have been sold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Puts BLOOM in your life!

    Mels book was awesome and the concept so easy and simple. I recommend this book to those just starting out with a garden or for the avid gardener who has spent hours in weeding, thinning and planting of rows..put an end to it thru SQUARE FOOT GARDENING! Thanks MEL for sharing your gardening concepts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    One of the Best!

    Full of great info, AND if you would like to make money with this fun hobby, see 'Secrets to a Successful Greenhouse and business'

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