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Square Foot Gardening Paperback – February 15, 1981
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“The book is great and the method is even better.” ―Bob Thomson, host of Victory Garden
“Top 10 Gardening Best-Seller.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This is a good, competent gardening book, well written and sensibly presented.” ―Library Journal
“How to get more from less is one of life's major challenges today. Here is a book that does just that for those with a hoe...” ―Booklist
“Bartholomew is a welcome presence...” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This amazing discovery truly makes gardening fun and easy.” ―Mike Levey, host of Amazing Discoveries
“The approach is fascinating. It's new, different and very innovative.” ―Long Island Horticultural Society
“It's one of the few garden books that offers something new to the reader.” ―Christian Science Monitor
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As seen by milions on national television
"The book is great and the method is even better."--Bob Thomson, host of Victory Garden
Twice as much in half the space!
* A complete garden book for both the beginner and the expert
* A new way to garden with 80 percent less space and work
* The companion book to the nationally acclaimed television series
* Over 900,000 copies in print
About the author
Mel Martholomew, a retired engineer, found the answer to the frustrations of most gardeners, "I found a beter way to garden," says Mel, "one that's more efficent, more manageable and less work." The result is Square Foot Gardening. His method has received world-wid recognition for its simplicity and uniqueness and has been written up in every major newspaper and gardening magazine.
What they're saying
"This amazing discovery truly makes gardening fun and easy."--Mike Levey, host of Amazing Discoveries
"The approach is fascinating. It's new, different and very innovative."--Long Island Horticultural Society
"It's one of the few garden books that offers something new to the reader."--Christian Science Monitor
"Top 10 gardening best-seller."--Publishers Weekly
* Grow a perfect garden in only 10 minutes a day.
* Harvest the biggest tomatoes.
* Enjoy spectacular flowers every day.
* Ideal for beginners from 4 to 94.
* Simple, easy, attractive and rewarding gardens.
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I looked at the pre-mixed soil at my local Lowe's and it would have been upwards of $170 to fill the 4x4, 12" bed we built, so I decided to buy the components separately and mix them myself.
The "recipe" for the soil called for vermiculite, compost, and peat moss, and sand, and lime, and fertilizers. When it was done, it was a big, SANDY mess. Not knowing a lot about gardening but knowing enough to realize that the soil seemed VERY sandy, especially in my hot Southern California climate, I asked the nice folks at the SFG forums and was immediately told that the newer, current edition has changed the soil formula completely and it's now 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, and NO SAND. And no fertilizers or lime. DOH. Also, this sandy mess in my box is not appropriate for our summers when moisture is precious and evaporates quickly.
So now my eventual plans to build a second bed (I wanted to see how the "test" bed went first) have been accelerated. We're going to build it, use the sandy mess for the bottom half, and then top off both boxes with the "real" mix and hope for the best.
In the meantime, I've bought the new book on Kindle and just from flipping to the chapter on soil I can see a lot of validity in the comments about it being self-promoting, but as long as the information is accurate I guess I can deal with it while I nurse my sore wallet and blistered hands. :)