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About Square Foot Gardening Foundation
MEL BARTHOLOMEW is the originator and inventor of the Square Foot Gardening method. It was Mel’s vision to end world hunger by “Teaching a man how to fish” instead of giving him fish. Mel believed that teaching people in underserved countries how to grow their own fresh produce was a reasonable solution to help end world hunger. Square Foot Gardening can easily be converted to Square Meter Gardening and has been proven to work anywhere in the world.
Square Foot Gardening is so popular is because the method saves land and precious water. In fact, very little land is needed and utilizing only 10% of the water of a traditional row garden, it makes Square Foot Gardening extremely efficient. No machinery, fertilizers, or heavy tools are ever needed, and no skills or horticulture experience is necessary.
The Square Foot Gardening Foundation believes that communities around the world can learn how to grow much of their own food in a very small space – no matter where they live, the soil conditions, or what their circumstances are. A Square Foot Garden can even be put on wheels or raised to accommodate a wheelchair or assist those who have a problem bending!
We welcome you to consider starting your own Square Foot Garden or become a Certified Instructor to teach others to help themselves. With an open mind and an open heart let’s see if we can help solve world hunger one square at a time. Visit our website at www.squarefootgardening.org
Laura and Steve Bartholomew
Square Foot Gardening Foundation
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Since Square Foot Gardening was first introduced in 1981, the revolutionary new way to garden developed by Mel Bartholomew has helped millions of home gardeners grow more fresh produce in less space and with less work. Now, based largely on the input and experience of these millions, the system has been even further refined and improved to fully meet today’s changing resources, needs, and challenges.
With over 150 new photos and illustrations, this new edition makes it easier than ever to achieve nearly-foolproof results in virtually any situation:100% of the produce; 20% of the water; 5% of the work.
Perfect for experienced Square-Foot-Gardeners or beginners, the original method created by Mel has not changed in any significant way with this new 3rd edition of All New Square Foot Gardening. It remains: build a box; fill it with Mel’s Mix; add a grid. But along with the classic steps, you will find some interesting and compelling new information, such as:
- Adding trellises and archways
- Substituting with new materials
- Adding automatic watering systems
- “Thinking Outside the Box” with creative configurations and shapes
- Square Foot Gardening in dense urban areas with little or no yard
- Square Foot Gardening with kids
- Crop protection
Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables is a practical guide that answers the age-old question for gardeners: How do you know when a fruit or vegetable is ripe?
Square Foot Gardening is the most popular alternate gardening method in the world, and this new title is a terrific addition to the SFG family. Growing Perfect Vegetables gets to the root of what every gardener wants: perfect produce, and lots of it.
Whether you grow in a Square Foot Garden, a straw bale garden, containers, or a traditional garden plot, you'll be happy to have this helpful garden book so you can approach harvest time with confidence, not apprehension. Because even the most experienced homegrowers get a little nervous when harvest time comes around.
In Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables, you’ll find hundreds of beautiful photos that show you exactly how produce should look when perfectly ripe, and ready for picking and buying. It even includes some tips and clues to help you interpret what your plants are trying to tell you about the fruit they are bearing.
Written under the direction of The Mel Bartholomew Foundation, named for the inventor of Square Foot Gardening, this handy book provides crucial information, including optimal planting and harvesting times for more than 60 fruits and vegetables, along with the many high resolution photos of perfectly ripe produce.
Mel Bartholomew's top-selling Square Foot Gardening books have made his revolutionary garden system available to millions of people.
In Square Foot Gardening with Kids, Mel reveals his tips, tricks, and fun projects in one of his most cherished pursuits: teaching youngsters to build and grow a SFG of their own.
The easy geometry of the gridded box breaks the complex world of gardening into digestible bites for enthusiastic young learners, and the sequence of tasks required to grow plants from seeds is repeatable and reassuring.
Kids learn many valuable life lessons when tending their own garden -- such as the importance of following instructions and doing your chores, basic skills like counting and water conservation, and learning to appreciate the nature of food and why it is important to respect it.
Most importantly though, they learn that growing your own food is both fun and rewarding.
Calling all Square Foot Gardeners, the solutions you've been looking for are here in the form of the Square Foot Gardening Answer Book! You know the SFG method that has taken the US by storm, now see how to get more from your gardening efforts.
Using proven techniques, appliances, and approaches, this book will put more harvest on your table, with no additional garden beds. For more than 30 years Mel Bartholomew has been answering questions from Square Foot Gardeners, and this book presents the very best of that information.
Real solutions to real problems, directly from the inventor of the Square Foot Gardening method. It's your link to all the best secrets of growing produce.