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The only thing 'unique' is that the method uses 2x12 lumber. That's it.
That makes the book worthless, but what puts it into negative value territory is the bad information and rudely stated personal biases.
The author clearly despises organic methods as he briefly discusses how ineffective organic methods are every few pages.
He frequently makes odd sounding claims and prefaces them with something like 'While I have no scientific evidence to support this...' and then apparently thinks his claims will be accepted based upon his having written a book.
His stated preference is for 2x12 lumber in bed construction, which is fine, but then he spends time explaining why arsenic treated wood is the best choice. He comes over like those who wish to stay away from unnecessary exposure to strongly toxic substances in their veggy garden are sissies. His statement was that he is the kind of guy who still 'eats his beef medium rare'. Neat?
He refers to anyone who disagrees with his apparent love affair with toxins as an 'organic purist' (these are BAD people).
He suggested, but didn't harp on, adopting the practice of spraying everything with a broad spectrum insecticide (needed or not) *every 2 weeks* and then went on to tell how extensively he has researched and the chemicals are perfectly safe to eat.
I honestly don't think I have ever read a gardening book this bad.Read more ›
The author shows you how to get started with gardening and clearly demonstrates how to build raised beds using wood 2x12's (and others sizes). He also offers great coverage of each of the major vegetables that he recommends that you grow. This part contains some particularly good material.
There are many practical and original techniques in this book. Although this is not necessarily a beginner's book, I would recommend this book to a beginner. The only problem I had was his reliance on chemical fertilizers.
Many beginners might find it easier at first to use standard chemical fertilizers, as recommended by the author. However, today many gardeners are finding their way to organics to avoid the industrial wastes sometimes found in the standard chemical fertilizers.
I get the feeling that the author writes with your best interests at heart. He appears to be a successful gardener with much practical experience. His writing is very clear and at times quite humorous. There are plenty of pictures and diagrams to keep the book interesting.
I use raised bed gardening, but use concrete blocks and take an organic approach. Although the materials are different, the methodology is very similar. I highly recommend this book to any one getting started, or anyone who wants to build raised bed gardens using wood (looks better than concrete blocks, but deteriortes more quickly).
Sugar Land, TX
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I'm a big fan of square foot gardening and this book is a great takeoff on Mel Bartholomew's original concept.Published 19 months ago by Robert
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He uses fresh dog manure, in compost, and then puts it in garden beds. Has apparently never heard of the word "parasite". Revolting, unsanitary, and could kill you. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Houston Heather
I ordered this this book (Cubed Food Gardening) along with two others, more than a month ago. The other two came within a week, but I've yet to receive this item.Published on August 23, 2011 by mandy
I've been growing vegetables with some success for over 40 years but have recently moved to Florida with its non-fertile, quick-draining sand, baking sun, and mega-insects. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Cracker Jack