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Square Foot Gardening. Getting Started. All New Square Foot Gardening. •No Weeding. •No Digging. •No Tilling. •No Kidding! Spring into Vegetable Gardening . Square Foot Gardening was created in by Mel Bartholomew with his first In his 3rd book called 2nd Edition of “All New Square Foot Gardening –. 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.
Is his assumption really that subsistence farmers are starving because they just don't know how to farm? I believe so, since he actually uses the "teach a man to fish" cliche in his proposal.
If so, I doubt that Mel's method will go a long way towards changing that. View 1 comment.
Pictures, easy to follow illustrated instructions, tips and tricks We live in the High Desert of Southern California where the soil is either sandy or like clay.
We haven't had much success with our gardens in the past, but this year we got serious and decided to go with container gardening, and we are so, so glad we did! Because of the harsh climate here we decided to use cinder block instead of wood for the containers. Not only will it hold up better, it's cheaper! We also had rich, garden soil brought in to replace what nature gave us. The openings along the sides of the cinder blocks will hold marigolds, strawberries, chives, and other plants that don't require a lot of room.
The marigolds will help deter certain pests, while also attracting bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies which will help pollinate the plants. Grandsons Helping Out! It's our salsa container! I'll update with photos throughout the season, so stay tuned!
View all 25 comments. Mar 07, Adrienne rated it it was ok. If I were rating this gardening method, I would give it five stars. No question. But alas, I'm rating the book, and I kind of hate it. The information in it is awesome, but the delivery feels less like a book and more like an infomercial Seriously, the whole thing just sounds like a sales pitch.
Look, Mel, your method is amazing. It's wildly popular and successful. You don't need to sell it anymore. We are all coming to this book because we are for the most If I were rating this gardening method, I would give it five stars. We are all coming to this book because we are for the most part already sold. We just want the details. Honestly, the salesman language kinda harms the author's credibility, in my mind. If it weren't for all the bloggers raving about their success with this method, I would have tossed the book aside after the first few pages, simply because the language feels kinda slimy.
But there ARE all those bloggers, and they ARE indeed raving about the success they're having with this method, so I read the whole damn book. And I'm glad I did. But really, I just want the information, not the sales pitch. Feb 18, thefourthvine rated it it was ok Shelves: As a gardening method, Square Foot Gardening is pretty great.
This book, though -- this book is not great. Mel is a big fan of science and math, so let me break down this book by the estimated numbers: I will be honest: I don't care. I am glad Mel came up with this method, and I'm glad he's got all this experience teaching it and proselytizing word used advisedly , but I'm here to read about gardening, not Mel or what was going on with Square Foot Gardening in the s.
But you can't just skip the chapter and skip this content -- like everything else, it repeats over and over, throughout every chapter of the book. He even includes, in the text, quotes from random satisfied gardeners. They all look like this: I am definitely happy to be engaging in Square Foot Gardening. These do not add anything and get seriously old after a while. Then you start in on the actual gardening content. It's -- look, this part is kind of a victim of its own successs.
When I started getting into gardening, this method is pretty much how everyone said to do it.
This information is all over the internet. There are a few nuances you learn in this book, but honestly, you can find virtually of this, for free, online.
And you get to read it without hearing about the greatness of what you're reading about. Additionally, this doesn't really go into enough detail -- you're going to need another source of information for your local area anyway.
Then comes the unfortunate viewpoints. Mel, uh, diverges a lot into things like "remember, we rest on Sundays" I don't; I'm Jewish, and my sabbath day isn't Sunday , and he talks about how ladies are super bad at building stuff, and about how all poor people really need is a SFG, not a government handout. I don't really enjoy sexism along with my gardening tips.
I can't say much about the charts. I read this in ebook form, so I couldn't read them. But the biggest problem with the book, for me, was how incredibly repetitious it is. Everything you read will be repeated dozens of times, in every section of the book.
If you've been paying even moderate attention, this rapidly goes from annoying to boring to frustrating as hell. If all the repetition had been cut, there'd have been enough room to go into detail on climates and crop choices, and other stuff that's more important than being reminded yet again how much space SFG saves.
I love this gardening technique. It's the one I use with modifications. But I do not at all love this book. If you're just starting out, google raised bed gardening and go with it.
If you aren't just starting out, this book will be useless to you. Get an area-specific book and read that. But if you're mostly interested in the greatness and history of Mel Bartholomew, this is definitely the book for you.
May 22, Jared rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Mel Bartholomew is a huge advocate of box gardening. Box gardening is a great idea, especially when you have alkaline clay like we have in our backyard. Constructing the boxes is a snap -- okay, more like a whine, because it takes a drill.
He doesn't emphasize enough, though, that the gardens take a huge amount of water, because the wood seems to wick the water away from the dirt.
Stuff seems to grow well in Mel's Mix, if you plant it in the right part of the season. Last year we planted quite la Mel Bartholomew is a huge advocate of box gardening. Last year we planted quite late, so our harvest was pretty meager. This year, all of our varieties of lettuce are already huge, our asparagus is coming up, our strawberries are going wild, and our carrots seem to be doing well. For some reason, though, tomatoes seem to just as well in the clay, if not better.
So we're doing an experiment: The square-foot part of the idea seems to work for some things, but it's not as helpful for others. I find his emphasis on the idea a little funny. For things that can be planted in a single square, they're great. But last year our tomatoes plants got so big that they overflowed into other squares, choking out the plants that were in them. And, I'm sorry, but strawberries were meant to take over a whole box. There's just no point in dividing the plants up.
The book is very conversational. Some of the concepts could use better diagrams, like the greenhouse idea. And he mentions that each box will last for several years, but he doesn't give any ideas about how to move the dirt when you have to take one apart. And his idea of putting chicken wire on the bottom of the box to keep critters out is great -- but we've learned that you have to use maybe quarter inch chicken wire, because small rodents like voles can get through the one inch.
And the edges of the wire tear up the weed fabric, so we have weeds around the edges of the boxes. Thankfully, though, the garden boxes themselves are really easy to weed, because the dirt doesn't get compacted from being walked on, like you get with a normal garden. Overall, I'm glad we're using this approach, because the results we got the first year trying to plant directly in our clay with some topsoil thrown on top was rather sad -- except for the tomatoes. Jun 26, Liz rated it did not like it Shelves: I agree with the review just before mine in almost every respect.
What I personally found most insensitive in the book was his plan to bring his method of farming to so-called "developing nations". The way he talked about it was so patronizing that if only I had read that first it's at nearly the end of the book I would have never read any further. He dismisses other cultures' diets in a single sentence and, as the previous reviewer notes, acts like the only reason people anywhere are starving I agree with the review just before mine in almost every respect.
He dismisses other cultures' diets in a single sentence and, as the previous reviewer notes, acts like the only reason people anywhere are starving is because they don't know how to adequately farm. More generally I also found his method lacking for application in my own American garden, finding it much too highly engineered for my own taste and not in any way intuitive. To my own mind, perhaps people who want to so heavily control their own little space in this world should be doing something that's a little less messy and unpredictable than gardening.
Feb 23, cheri rated it it was amazing. Want to grow a veggie or flower garden but don't think you can? Think again. No excuses of not enough space, no yard or no ability.
This is the book for any person with any skill level with just a patio or a yard, for the professional or for the handicap in a wheel chair. School children and 3rd world countries have used this technique with great success. I read this book in 1 afternoon and then my 13 year old son and husband built my boxes in 1 more afternoon.
I'm taking pictures along the way Want to grow a veggie or flower garden but don't think you can? I'm taking pictures along the way to show our progress. I think this is something that even my grandparents, who are both in wheel chairs, would enjoy and can do. If not for you, then download this for a friend, neighbor or family member.
They will thank you! View all 3 comments. Jun 16, Margaret rated it liked it. My garden roughly follows Mel's plans, so this was clearly an influential book as I built my first garden.
According to Mel, I don't have a square foot garden because I don't use a physical grid. And I plant a little haphazardly.
I mean, it's a great system in a lot of ways, but you don't have to follow the rules. This kind of garden drill sergeant business is not for me, so I just focus on the information in the book that is useful to me and carry on. There is a lack of detail on some My garden roughly follows Mel's plans, so this was clearly an influential book as I built my first garden. There is a lack of detail on some points: However, one point where the lack of in-depth information is actually something I appreciated is Mel's philosophy about pests and bugs.
Too many beginner gardening books are loaded down with tales of fungi, mildews, and other plagues. I think it's important to wait and see, or talk to your extension office if you're really worried, and otherwise just keep going.
So you lose a few plants, it's okay. There's no sense in freaking out ahead of time about plant problems. His writing style irritated me. I would have preferred a straightforward, no nonsense treatise on his system. Instead, I got a lot of not-funny jokes and plenty of Mel talking about how great Mel is. Apr 10, Marisa rated it did not like it Shelves: But gosh, I think on every page of the forty I read, he mentioned something about how this garden takes up less space. I couldn't take it anymore.
I just wanted to read about gardening. You can learn all you need to know from this book by reading the back of seed packets and a few free online resources. So glad I didn't download this, like I originally planned. Sep 07, Tara rated it it was amazing. Such an anal approach to gardening that you can't help but succeed at it. I love an anal approach that's what she said so I was all over this.
Jun 14, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it. I'm going to have to download this I suppose I have the library copy. I grew up on a farm and now that I'm, not so young, I have a bit of time to grow things.
Time, but my body is shot, my knees won't bend and my shoulders are week. Neither do i have a lot of money. Still I enjoy a little bit of gardening.
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