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All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space



By: Mel Bartholomew(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Home & Garden

Publisher: Cool Springs Press; 2nd edition edition (15 Feb. 2013)

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The original title of the book: All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space

This updated and expanded edition of America's bestselling gardening book includes new information on popular subjects like vertical gardening and pest control and rewarding tips for square foot gardening with kids.

Rapidly increasing in popularity, square foot gardening is the most practical, foolproof way to grow a home garden. That explains why author and gardening innovator Mel Bartholomew has sold more than two million books describing how to become a successful DIY square foot gardener. Now, with the publication of All New Square Foot Gardening II, the essential guide to his unique step-by-step method has become even better. Mel developed his techniques back in the early 1980s and has been teaching them throughout the world ever since. In the process, he has made improvements and refinements and continually adapted his practices to keep pace with modern times. In this new volume, Bartholomew furthers his discussion on one of the most popular gardening trends today: vertical gardening. He also explains how you can make gardening fun for kids by teaching them the square foot method. Finally, an expanded section on pest control helps you protect your precious produce. Rich with new full-color images and updated tips for selecting materials, this beautiful new edition is perfect for brand-new gardeners as well as the millions of square foot gardeners who are already dedicated to Mel's industry-changing insights.

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  • By C. W on 22 February 2007

    I've been really wanting to get into gardening for quite a while now - especially vegetables & fruit. I am by no means green fingered, have little time, and have felt somewhat overwhelmed or bewildered by the gardening books which I've read. This is most definitely the exception. It has inspired me to try this kind of gardening, and I've made a start with it now. so far everything has been simple, quick, and very easy to understand. Of course, it's too soon to see whether I successfully grow things with it :-)I used an online converter to convert the feet and inches to metric, and cubic feet to litres for the soil. Someone commented that they'd found vermiculite (a necessary component of the soil in Mel's system) difficult to find. Here in the UK it is very, very easy to get. Any garden centre has it, and many mail order garden supply companies (eg Thompson & Morgen) stock it also.Just one tip: My husband carefully made the necessary raised beds for me, which I then had to carefully paint, avoiding any area that the soil would touch. And then discovered that we could have made them with link-a-board kits much more easily and cheaply! I'll order these online for any future square foot beds, and just make the grid to go over them.As mother of a 3 year old who loves to 'help' me in the garden, I really liked Mel's suggestion that one or more of the square feet sections be given to a child as their garden, with their name written on the grid, making it managable and exciting for the child.One last point. At the time of writing this review (and when I ordered), Amazon is bundling this book with Cubed Foot Gardening. I ordered the bundle and was very disappointed. The other book is simply an older, much more difficult to follow version of this book. The only difference (apart from ease of understanding and applying) is that this one contains a token reference to flowers, to show that you can grow them also using this system. Save your money - just get this book.

  • By JM0804 on 14 July 2017

    Very helpful and straightforward. Some cross-referencing within the book is needed to get all the information on any particular plant, but the section towards the back does a great job of summing up information about all the plants mentioned throughout and gives a good overview of how to plan and track your Square Foot Garden. Overall the book is laid out well, has a number of useful graphics and photos, and is a great for beginners to SFG like myself.

  • By H on 30 August 2017

    Love the book,very informative and helpful, clearly explained and illustrated even for novices like me

  • By Jeannie D'Cruz on 25 July 2013

    The book is repetitive and rightly so because once the message is received and understood it really does what it says and transforms your view of vegetable gardening. A godsend in my view. The only difficulty is finding the components for Mel's mix but with a bit of creative thinking, I managed to find the 3 elements.

  • By Guest on 28 May 2017

    Had the book before but couldn't find it when I needed it.. Well worth buying

  • By AZDeb on 26 March 2017

    Great, helpful book.

  • By Susanne Koenig on 12 June 2006

    By a happy accident, I stumbled upon the 1982 copy of Square Foot Gardening. I was very pleased with his concept. However, having a full acre but not a tiller, I was even more pleased when I came across his All New Square Foot Gardening. "What an ingenious method!" thought I. No $50 fee for a tiller and borrowing a truck and all that mess! That's until I tried to actually put it into practice. Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic concept, and it works very well and you should get this book if you want to garden smarter not harder, but there are a few hiccups I wanted other readers to know about before they got started.For those of you who have not perused the book or are familiar with the new method, I'll sum it up for you: you build these four by four boxes--no tilling required--cover the bottom with weed blocker material, and then fill it with a particular mix that Mel says works like a dream. The boxes are easy, the method is brilliant, but the mix was a different story. 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 vermiculite, agricultural gauge, which means chunky bits of vermiculite, not fine.And the vermiculite--at least for stateside gardening--has proven very hard to find. He makes it sound like a breeze, but it wasn't. I had to finally order the finely ground vermiculite from a pool supply company. They use it instead of sand to cushion above-ground pool bottoms instead of sand. (I am anxious to hear from anyone in the UK who has looked for this material and how difficult it was to find).Other than finding the vermiculite--which we finally did in fine grade for $28 for four boxes--I've rarely seen a more reader-friendly book! It comes complete with layout pages, very consise planting guides, even planting time tables for your area and the amount of time you can store your seeds! If you have never gardened before or started a garden that eventually left you frustrated, then this is the book for you! I just think that you should check your area for agricultural grade vermiculite before you buy the book. But once that little snafu is over, you are going to be amazed at how brilliant and easy this book makes successful gardening.I highly recommend this method for busy people and parents like myself. It is wonderfully easy to maintain, makes loads of produce, and looks very attractive. Two green thumbs way, way up. I especially recommend it to UK gardeners because of the small gardening space that is available to them. It is extremely compact and works quite well in small spaces.To see my boxes and my experience with the All New Square Foot Gardening method, check out my frugal/tipping blog at [...]

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