Book Review: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! by Mel Bartholomew

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Imagine dozens of vegetables growng in your garden, filling all available space. You can access every crop. Forget the tilling, soil tests, fertlizing, doubt and worry. Plants grow like crazy. This year you will see your best harvest ever. Impossible? Not with this book.

Who is Mel Bartholomew?

Mel Bartholomew was an engineer. He used his knowledge to improve his gardening pursuits. The new approach to gardening was born: A Square Foot Gardening. He discovered the system enabling the growth of 100% of the harvest in 20% of the space. Then, he improved and perfected the system for years. He describes his method in this book updated with new tips, titled "All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!".

All New Square Foot Gardening Book Summary:

What can you expect from this book? There is an explanation of the square foot gardening system and the way it works. Mel Bartholomew explains how to build raised boxes, trellises, prepare a soil mix, adapt the structures for your climate conditions. Book contains layout pages, planting guides and timetables for your area, ideas for rooftop garden and accessibility for handicapped, companion planting tips. Detailed explanations with pictures and charts.

All New Square Foot Gardening Pros:

The book is written in a simple way, easy to understand for a beginner. It gives you a complete blueprint you can apply. A frugal gardener will appreciate a lot of money saving tips. Square foot gardening takes away the guesswork and makes your vegetable patch easy to maintain. The metod helps to create a thriving garden in the area with a poor soil. Square foot gardening becomes popular all over the world - book explains everything you need to join other succesful gardeners.

All New Square Foot Gardening Cons:

Vermiculite is not as easy to buy in bulk as author writes and it can be expensive. You may need to look up the profiles of some plants on the net, as the book is missing a few descriptions of vegetables. I'm not sure about fertilizer being unnecessary as the plants have different nutritional requirements. It could be the matter of applying the right compost though. I find it impossible to completely avoid weeds, although they are easy to remove. Author is not exaggerating with the soil mix being difficult to overwater. It can be a problem in the areas prone to draughts, as the garden requires a lot of water there.

"All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!" makes a useful addition to your gardening resources. If you are not an experienced gardener, it will give you a complete system to follow. Instead of a challenge, gardening will become a fun adventure. Advanced hobbyist can save a lot of time and money with clever shortcuts. Book offers many tips to improve your harvest, even if you don't intend to follow the system completely.

Where to buy All New Square Foot Gardening book?

You can buy "All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!" paperback edition (271 pages) on Amazon.com.