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for his Suare Foot Gardens nd in All Foot Gardening he gives us the tools we need to have the garden of our dreams Pictures easy to follow illustrated instructions tips Hot Shot and tricks regardless of the level of your gardening expertise this is must have book We live in the High Desert of Southern California where the soil is either sandy or like clay We haven t had much success with our gardens in the past but this year we got serious The Industrial Revolution and decided to go with container gardeningnd weFAMOUS FOR HIS SUARE GARDENS AND IN ALL
are so so glad we didBecause of the harsh climate hereso so glad we didBecause of the harsh climate here decided to use cinder block instead of wood for the containers Not only will it hold up better it s cheaper We Rock Bottom also had rich garden soil brought in to replace what nature gave us The openingslong the sides of the cinder blocks will hold marigolds strawberries chives nd other plants that don t reuire lot of room The marigolds will help deter certain pests while lso ttracting bees hummingbirds nd butterflies which will help pollinate the plants Grandsons Helping Out 4x4 Planter Suared Off nd Drip Lines Ready to Use This rea will have tomatoes nd pepper plants It s our salsa container Our Suare Foot Garden Ready to PlantI ll update with photos throughout the season so stay tuned Mel Bartholomew is huge dvocate of box gardening Box gardening is Peace of Me a great idea especially when you havelkaline clay like we have in our backyard Constructing the boxes is snap okay like whine because it takes My Soul Then Sings a drill He doesn t emphasize enough though that the gardens take huge Wildwood amount of water because the wood seems to wick the waterway from the dirtStuff seems to grow well in Mel s Mix if you plant it in the right part of the season Last year we planted uite late so our harvest was pretty meager This year ll of our varieties of lettuce re lready huge our sparagus is coming up our strawberries re going wild nd our carrots seem to be doing well For some reason though tomatoes seem to just s well in the clay if not better So we re doing n experiment planting tomatoes in boxes Raiding with Morgan and out of boxes to see whichre betterThe suare foot part of the idea seems to work for some things but it s not s helpful for others I find his emphasis on the idea little funny For things that can be planted in single suare they re great But last year our tomatoes plants got so big that they overflowed into other suares choking out the plants that were in them And I m sorry but strawberries were meant to take over whole box There s just no point in dividing the plants upThe book is very conversational Some of the concepts could use better diagrams like the greenhouse idea And he mentions that each box will last for several years but he doesn t give Lethal Licorice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery, any ideasbout how to move the dirt when you have to take one Purses and Poison apart And his idea of putting chicken wire on the bottom of the box to keep critters out is great but we ve learned that you have to use maybe uarter inch chicken wire because small rodents like voles can get through the one inch And the edges of the wire tear up the weed fabric so we have weedsround the edges of the boxesThankfully though the garden boxes themselves Rogue on the Rollaway are really easy to weed because the dirt doesn t get compacted from being walked on like you get with normal garden Overall I m glad we re using this pproach because the results we got the first year trying to plant directly in our clay with some topsoil thrown on top was rather sad except for the tomatoes Honestly if you can get past the bragging nd boasting bout how great Mel thinks he is nd how the SFG method TAKES UP LESS SPACE nd how it s revolutionary nd how everyone else is doing it wrong it might be n okay book But gosh I think on every page of the forty I read he mentioned something bout how this garden takes up less space WE GET IT MEL it s why we picked up the book I couldn t take it ny I just wanted to read bout gardening You can learn ll you need to know from this book by reading the back of seed packets nd few free online resources So glad I didn t buy this like I originally planned If I were rating this gardening method I would give it five stars No uestion But las I m rating the book nd I kind of hate it The information in it is wesome but the delivery feels less like book nd like n infomerciala really really long infomercial Seriously the whole thing just sounds like sales. Do you know what the best feature is in All New Suare Foot Gardening Sure there Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, are ten new features in thisll new updated book Sure it's even simpler than it was before Of course you don't have to worry Sweet Southern Hearts (A Willow Hill Novel Book 3) about fertilizer or poor soil evergain because you'll be growing bove the ground But the best feature is that nyone nywhere can enjoy Suare Foot garden Children dults with limited mobility even complete novices can chieve spectacular results But let's get back to the ten improvements You're going to love them 1 New Location Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single row gardening Suare Foot Garden needs just twenty percent of the space of traditional garden 2 New Direction Locate your garden on top of Pitch Look Mel your method is mazing It s popular nd successful You don t need to sell it amazing It s wildly popular nd successful You t need to sell it We re ll coming to this book because we re for the most part lready sold We just want the detailsHonestly the salesman language kinda harms the Dark Tides (Dark Tides author s credibility in my mind If it weren t forll the bloggers raving Weathering the Storm about their success with this method I would have tossed the bookside Wrong for Me (Motor City Royals, after the first few pages simply because the language feels kinda slimy But there AREll those bloggers nd they ARE indeed raving bout the success they re having with this metho I Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music agree with the review just before mine inlmost every respect What I personally found most insensitive
IN THE BOOK WAS HIS PLANthe book was his plan bring his method of farming to so called developing nations The way he talked bout it was so patronizing that if only I had read that first it s t nearly the end of the book I would have never read ny further He dismisses other cultures diets in single sentence Downright Dead ands the previous reviewer notes cts like the only reason people nywhere re starving is because they don t know how to deuately farm More generally I Left Fur Dead also found his method lacking forpplication in my own American garden finding it much too highly engineered for my own taste nd not in ny way intuitive To my own mind perhaps people who want to so heavily control their own little space in this world should be doing something that s little less messy nd unpredictable than gardening this is my favorite gardening book what can i say there s Death by Tea a man with neck beard on the cover his name is mel mel is or less my favorite person on the planet he retired from his job Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, asn engineer t 42 nd then turned to gardening when you set By Way Of A Wager an engineer loose in backyard gardening you get precision gardening basically he figured out how closely you can plant things so that you get the maximum yield per suare foot each individual plant produces less but the overall yield is much great plus there s way less to weed this book rocks I guess whatever works for people is great nd it seems like he has lot of convertsbut I sure wasn t crazy bout Mel s method nd even less so bout his delivery It is like listening to used car salesman When Kingdom Comes and immediatelyfter saying that while I was reading I read the next paragraph where he compared his book to brand new shiny Cadillac Sheesh He essentially dvocates container gardening cloaked in the guise of shallow 6 raised beds The beds The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, are self contained filled with vermiculite mix nd broken down literally he is very emphatic bout this into 1 foot suares So effectively you Such a Dance are planting each crop in 12 cubic foot of soil And not fertilizing beyondpplications of compost he lludes to but never explains Wouldn t these tiny bins soon overflow He says it works but there re very few pictures of ctual vegetables in his book instead it is lot of petunias nd such which I find pretty ugly planted in visible gridI like that his method could encourage rotation but if you re ctually concerned La bte du marais about pests I uestion whether moving plant family over one foot would Laos: Keystone Of Indochina actually make it out of reach of fungus or insect If you want How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World a garden but don tctually want to spend much time gardening nd re Geeking Out on 11C a bit of control freak he waxes poetic Et ainsi de suite about the beauty of these nice neat 4x4 containers who doesn t want the messiness of plants this could be good book for you If that sounds sassy I don t mean it that way I really do think that this is his The Shoshoni Cookbook audienceOh one thing helso talks Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís about Suare Meter Gardening his effort to stop hunger by bringing his method to starving people in the third world It just seemswfully Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe absurd patronizingnd potentially damaging to bring this method that is focused on purchasing Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It and importing soil NOT enriching or usingny of the existing soil nd is presumably designed for temperate zones where lush summer vegetable garden isn t that hard to come by to dry poor countries I don t know that it is economically nor ecologically feasible Is his ssumption really that subsistence farmers re starving because they just don t know how to farm I believe so since he ctually uses the teach man to fish cliche in his proposal If so I doubt that Mel s method will go long way towards changing that As gardening method Suare Foot Gardening is pretty great This book though this book is not great Mel is big fan of science nd math so let me break down this book by Xisting soil Forget bout pH soil tests double digging who enjoys that or the never ending soil improvements 3 New Soil The new Mel's Mix is the perfect growing mix Why we even give you the recipe Best of ll you can even buy the different types of compost needed 4 New Depth You only need to prepare SFG box to depth of 6 inches It's true the majority of plants develop just fine when grown t this depth 5 No Fertilizer The ll new SFG does not need Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice any fertilizer ever If you start with the perfect soil mix then you don't need todd fertilizer 6 New Boxes The new method uses bottomless boxes placed boveground We show you how to build your own with step by step photos 7 New Aisles The ideal gardening i. .
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How Amazing Mel Bartholomew Is20%amazing Mel Bartholomew is20% gardening Weird ndor culturally insensitive stuff 10% Charts that don t render correctly in the ebook version40% Repetition of ll of the boveThe book starts with full chapter on the History of Mel nd Suare Foot Gardening I will be honest I don t care I m glad Mel came up with this method The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank and I m glad he s gotll this experience teaching it The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins and proselytizing word useddvisedly but I m here to read bout gardening not Mel or what was going on with Suare Foot Gardening in the 1970s But you can t just skip the chapter nd skip this content like everything else it repeats over nd over throughout every chapter of the book He even includes in the text uotes from random satisfied gardeners They ll look like this Such Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat a great techniue Im definitely
to be engaging in Suare Foot Gardening Jane Texas do not Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design addnything nd get seriously old fter whileThen you start in on the ctual gardening content It s look this part is kind of victim of its own successs When I started getting into gardening this method is pretty much how everyone said to do it This information is ll over the internet There re few nuances you learn in this book but honestly you can find virtually of this for free online And you get to read it without hearing bout the greatness of what you re reading bout Additionally this doesn t really go into enough detail you re going to need nother source of information for your local rea nywayThen comes the unfortunate viewpoints Mel uh diverges lot into things like remember we rest on Sundays I don t I m Jewish nd my sabbath day isn t Sunday nd he talks bout how ladies re super bad Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, at building stuffnd bout how ll poor people really need is SFG not government handout I don t really enjoy sexism Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende along with my gardening tips I can t say muchbout the charts I read this in ebook form so I couldn t read themBut the biggest problem with the book for me was how incredibly repetitious it is Everything you read will be repeated dozens of times in every section of the book If you ve been paying even moderate ttention this rapidly goes from nnoying to boring to frustrating The Abbeyville Way as hell Ifll the repetition had been cut there d have been enough room to go into detail on climates nd crop choices nd other stuff that s important than being reminded yet Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics again how much space SFG saves I love this gardening techniue It s the one I use with modifications But I do nott ll love this book If you re just starting out google raised bed gardening nd go with it If you Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, aren t just starting out this book will be useless to you Getn A Shot at Love area specific booknd read that But if you re mostly interested in the greatness Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past and history of Mel Bartholomew this is definitely the book for you Want to grow veggie or flower garden but don t think you can Think Ask an Astronaut again No excuses of not enough space no yard or nobility This is the book for Dead of Night any person withny skill level with just The Voyage Unplanned a patio or yard for the professional or for the handicap in The Dwelling a wheel chair School childrennd 3rd world countries have used this techniue with great success I read t My garden roughly follows Mel s plans so this was clearly n influential book s I built my first garden However According to Mel I don t have suare foot garden because I don t use physical grid And I plant Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna a little haphazardly I mean it s great system in lot of ways but you don t have to follow the rules This kind of garden drill sergeant business is not for me so I just focus on the information in the book that is useful to me nd carry on There is lack of detail on some points he says use mulch but never talks much bout what kind of mulch However one point where the lack of in depth information is Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films actually something Ippreciated is Mel s philosophy bout pests nd bugs Too many beginner gardening books re loaded down with tales of fungi mildews nd other plagues I think it s important to wait Easy and see or talk to your extension office if you re really worriednd otherwise just keep going So you lose Morrissey y los atormentados a few plants it s okay There s no sense in freaking outhead of time bout plant problemsHis writing style irritated me I would have preferred straightforward no nonsense treatise on his system Instead I got Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe a lot of not funny jokesnd plenty of Mel talking Interview with the Vampire about how great Mel is. Sle width isbout three to four feet That makes it even easier to kneel work Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical and harvest 8 New Grids Prominentnd permanent grids dded to your SFG box help you visualize the planting suares nd know how to space for maximum harvest 9 New Seed Saving Idea The old fashioned way The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table advocates planting many seedsnd then thinning the extras that means pulling them up The new method means planting pinch literally two or three seeds per planting hole 10 Tabletop Gardens The new boxes re so much smaller nd lighter only 6 inches of soil remember you can dd Ravished by a Duke a plywood bottom to make them portable Of course that's notll We've Damn Delicious Meal Prep also included simple easy to follow instructions using lots of photosnd illustrations You're going to love .Happy To Be Engaging In Suare Foot Gardening Jane Texas