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The All New Square Foot Gardening Book, by Mel Bartholomew

  • An ideal resource for planning raised bed gardens
  • Grow more fresh produce in less space
  • Save on weeding and watering

The original edition of Square Foot Gardening was the most popular gardening book in America ever, with more than one million copies sold! In this timely sequel to his original book, Mel reveals ten major improvements to the SFG system that make it even easier to get an abundant harvest of fresh and delicious, home-grown veggies. You’ll discover how planting your garden in one-square-foot blocks saves space, saves weeding, saves water and saves time. Saves on grocery bills, too! Best of all? The SFG system really works! Whether you’re a first time gardener or a seasoned expert, you’ll be amazed by the quantity and quality of food you can produce in your own square foot garden.

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  • Softcover, 272 pages
  • 7" W x 10" H x 3/4" thick
  • Published by Cool Springs Press
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    Square Foot Gardening Book
     
    4.7

    (based on 28 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Accurate instructions (24)
    • Attractive (6)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Healthy (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden (19)
    • Outdoors (10)
    • Patio (6)
    • Pool area (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid gardener (19), Getting started (9)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (27)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Results with Less work and cost!

    By SusanD

    from Sioux Falls, sd

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Best Way To Garden
    • Easiest Way To Garden
    • Least Expensive Way

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Apartments
    • Everyone
    • Fewer Weeds
    • Get Much More Produce
    • Small Yards
    • Start Ealier

    Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

    As a child I gardened the way my mom told me to. We had a 50' x 50' garden. I had to wait for my Dad to till (as I did not have the strength). Then I would plant in rows, spend half my summer weeding and watering the garden. My parents would complain about the water bill, and I would complain about weeding. By the time produce started coming, I was so exhausted, I never even enjoyed the produce.
    Now I have my own place, but not much room for a garden. In college I found this old book called Square Foot Gardening. I was excited to try it. About 5 years ago, we built a raised bed. It is about 4x16'. Gardening has become so EASY! In the spring I spend about an hour turning and amending the soil. (Yes, an hour as it is so easy to turn.) Then I spend a couple minutes a day once weeds start growing scraping the ground with a hoe until the plants starts growing. Once they are growing good, the cover the area and the weeds stop growing. I only need to pull the occasional weed.
    Other than the initial amendments in the spring, I never fertilize anymore. I do not need to! I only water, and since it is such a small area and the water goes right to the plants, I do not need to water much. Talk about less expensive!!
    Then comes the fun part. PRODUCE!! You would not believe the amount of produce you can get in such a small area. Lettuce in the spring and fall, Enough tomatoes for my family, my parents, my husbands parents, 3 of my neighbors, and I still have to take some to work to get rid of. This is out of 8 tomato plants! I usually plant 16-20 peppers, at least 4 basil plants, some marigolds to help prevent nematodes, some carrots, beans and cucumbers. I do the rest of my herbs in another 3x3 garden box on my deck and I have enough herbs to share with all of the above people as well! Just a hint, to get this many tomatoes from 8 plants, make sure you put about a Tablespoon of bone meal with a 1/2-1 tsp soil moist and some osmocote in the bottom of each hole for each tomato plant. Do not let the mixture touch the roots though. Mix it with some dirt at the bottom. This will prevent blossom end rot, and increase production of the tomatoes.
    I bought the new square foot gardening book and found the info in it even more informative than that in the first edition. This book is not a sequel! It will tell you everything you need to know.
    Please try this method!! It is SO much easier than the traditional method, you get just as much produce in a MUCH smaller space, it is much cheaper, and it is MUCH better for the earth as you use MUCH less water, and no fertilizer other than the osmocote for your tomatoes at the begining of the season.
    Have you noticed the use of the word MUCH!!! Try this method this summer and you will enjoy gardening MUCH more than you ever have.

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    4.0

    So Far, So Good

    By Veggie Van

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

      Looking forward to more time to read, and spring planting

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      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great ideas for next year!

      By Lisa P

      from Williamsburg, VA

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

      I bought this too late to really impact my garden this year, but see lots of great ideas for next year. The most important thing is how much more we could fit into our new raised beds. I look forward to planting a much more efficient and productive garden!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Gardening book I have

      By Transplanted in Virginia

      from Newport News, Virginia

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Authoritative
      • Clear
      • Instructive
      • Practical

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

        Practical gardening is laid out in an easy to follow and innovative method.

        This is an easy read. Beginners like my own family found the instruction of this book very helpful. A 12-year-old shopped for and with minimal help built two square-foot-gardens and started planting this year using this book. The book guides your garden plans very well.

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        5.0

        brilliant and easy too

        By Lorraine the dancer

        from west chester, PA

        About Me Getting Started

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Hard to find ingredients

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

        can't wait to put it in my yard and enjoy my fresh food that I grew myself. Just having a hard time locating the vermiculite

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        5.0

        Awesome Book

        By Mrs. Preacher

        from Texas

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Anyone can have a garden

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyone wants one
          • Showed it at gardenclub

          Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

          After showing it at meeting, it was such a hit that before I knew it others bought the book. One of the ladies even had her square garden in before me.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Invaluable resource!

          By Lynn

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

          I am a novice gardener. I live in the city and for the first time will be able to plant in a community garden plot (80 sf). I have a family of 4 and was so excited to read this book and learn how even small plots can be so productive!! The book provides instruction for everything you need from start to finish--basic construction, soil, basic layout and planting advice!! It's no nonsense garden common sense and an invaluable resource!!

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          5.0

          New Square Foot Gardening Book

          By Weezie in the garden

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors

            Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

            I had used the first book this man published and was happy with it but couldn't put my hands on it again. Then I saw that you carried his new book. It is fantastic!!! Much simpler than the old sqare foot gardening. I am looking forward to enjoying all the gardening I do from now on as the "chore" part is eliminated. Love, love, love this book. So easy to read and follow instructions. A real winner. I won't let this one get out of my sight.

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            5.0

            Great Book

            By Ms. Peony

            from NY

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Great instructions

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Raised bed gardens

            Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

            Great instructions and diagrams for starting my raised bed garden

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            4.0

            Something to learn for everyone!

            By JBoBug

            from Huntington Beach, CA

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Easy to Use
            • Excellent reference
            • Lots of options
            • Organized well

            Cons

            • Little repetative
            • Needs tabs

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Indoors
            • Lawn
            • Learning growing seasons
            • Outdoors
            • Patio
            • Planning
            • Pool Area

            Comments about Square Foot Gardening Book:

            this reference is good for anyone...the most experienced person, to those just starting out. Wish I had discovered this before I ever started gardening...

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