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Square Foot Gardening Book Download [UPDATED]



  • _Square foot gardening method was developed by Mel Bartholomew and is described in his book _"All New Square Foot Gardening". If you're just starting your vegetable garden, or if you're tired of hard work with your existing garden, SFG is your best bet. _Highlights Uses raised beds, subdivided into squares of 1' X 1' size (or 30cm X 30cm).

  • Each square may contain a different crop.

  • The number of plants in each square depends on the crop, for example: 16 radishes, or 9 carrots, or 1 tomato.

  • Uses a special soil mix, containing 1/3 compost blend, 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite.

  • _Advantages Requires little space

  • Easy to understand and follow

  • Way less work than traditional methods

  • 5 times the harvest, 50% the cost, 10% the water

_Additional Resources _Video: Mel Bartholomew - Introducing Square Foot Gardening _Wikipedia: Square Foot Gardening _ SFG Foundation




Square Foot Gardening Book Download



Minimal Weeding: If you use a soilless mix for your square foot gardening, this means there are practically no weeds to pull out during the first season. A soilless potting mix is much better for your plants as it is lighter than garden soil which allows for less chance of compaction and more air flow around your plants roots helping them to grow stronger.


As the name suggests, square foot gardening refers to gardening and planting on a small, compact space, dividing it into small square sections with sides that measure 1 foot each. This is ideal for gardeners with limited space. Another advantage is that by optimizing space, you can do some intensive planting and harvest a high volume of vegetables!


Family-friendly in its approach, a square foot garden is low-maintenance because it needs no weeding and little watering. With its easy and simple demarcations, ownership can be shared with a group, whether as a family or as a school.


This is where square foot gardening comes in to its own. This system allows you to densely plant vegetables and produce high yields in low maintenance beds. It does sound amazing and it really is when you get into it.


I wrote this book to explain how square foot gardening can benefit you and how you can build your own square foot garden from scratch; it's simpler than you think! This simple, step-by-step guide will tell you everything you need to know to build a square foot garden and reap the benefits from it.


Square foot gardening is a great gardening method and one that reduces the amount of maintenance work for your garden whilst increasing yields. There are a lot of benefits from this form of gardening, including fewer problems with diseases, weeds and pests and is something well worth learning more about.


Even if you just create a small square foot garden you can still gain many benefits from this unique growing system. Discover today how "Square Foot Gardening - Growing More In Less Space" can help you create your own high yield, low maintenance garden in almost any space!


One of his first gardening experiences was digging over a 400 square foot garden in its entirety and turning it into a vegetable garden, much to the delight of his neighbours who all got free vegetables. It was through this experience that he discovered his love of gardening and started to learn more and more about the subject.


If you made a set of my dibbles to speed up your square foot planting, this dibble planting guide is nice to have. It shows you which dibble you need to use for each plant, and how deep you need to plant them.


I found your site while looking for a way to organize a garden and track plants/pests/soil ammendment etc. I. AM. IN. LOVE! I have printed the garden printables and am excited to start using them. I teach Horticulture to 4-H kids, so I will be forwarding your site to them. I will try your method for keeping critters out of my grapes this year! Maybe next year, a square foot garden! I also see you have many ways of organizing many things. I will definitely be back to check it all out!


Next, and this is important, in my opinion, I took some strong yellow nylon string and some nails and separated each bed into 36 one-foot square squares. We planted some seeds but we also found some "organic starters" that were basically little seedlings that had survived the hard part of childhood.


My conclusion is, gardening is subtle but it's not hard. The amount of effort put in vs. the amount of food you get is minimal. You should try it if you've got even four feet square you can get a non-trivial amount of food.


In this three-part lesson, students will collaborate to plan and plant a garden. Students will learn to plan out a garden by dividing it into a grid and planting seeds according to variety. Each square foot of the grid will contain a specified number of seeds of one kind, based on how that plant grows. The squares will then be arranged so that companion plants, plants that grow well together, border one another.


Since one of the sheets from the vegetable garden planner printables set includes a square foot gardening planner, we thought it would be good to share how to build your own square foot garden box, because buying them is ridiculous!


I love your site. Wonderful information. I am having a problem tho. Most of the links go to Bluebook site or car ads. Downloads will not print. Please advise. I would love to have the benefit of the links and downloads.


That is so sweet of you to say, Rachel! I'd love to see your square foot gardening post. I'm afraid that I spent too much time blogging and not enough time tending the garden this summer. Most plants did okay, but I had some totally fail because I let the bugs get them! I'll do better next summer!


Many plant tags have good information, but it goes only so far. So, do a bit of research online or in a good gardening book to confirm what a plant needs as far as light, moisture, soil and space. My beautyberry is 4 feet wider and taller than its tag indicated.


Now plane the twelve-foot board B (unless it isalready planed). Square one end nicely; measureoff twenty-two inches. Lay try-square and draw aline across the board. Take the cross-cut saw andsaw neatly on the line. Smooth the end with a block-plane,bevelling it slightly, so it will fit firmly on thefloor. This is for one leg. Do three more legs inthe same way, always trimming the ends with block-plane,to make them stand upon the floor trueand even.


Before nailing on the back test the squareness ofthe frame in this way (unless your eye is very accurate;even then it is a good thing to get in the habitof measuring exactly): measure the diagonals fromthe opposite corner. If the measures are alike, allright; if, however, one diagonal be longer than theother, make it right with gentle, steady pressure oneach corner with both hands. When the diagonalsare exactly alike the corners will also be right angles.Now lay on two of the two and one half inch pieces(those three feet three inches long and one foot wide);[46]be sure and keep all the edges flush and nail firmly.


Plain one edge of second piece (the one and onehalf feet wide); with splitting saw cut off strips twenty-fourinches long by four inches wide: square[87]ends and plane edges of piece left. Measure onefoot from end, square and cut off. You will have twopieces alike for the ends or legs, and one strip twofeet long, four inches wide, for back.


Now look over the drawings together. Sketch No.1 shows the completed case as it should look whenfinished and in place. The first section, A, (SketchNo. 2) is a fair-sized box with lifting cover, and a shelfbeneath. This will be found handy for many oddsand ends of boyish treasures too cumbersome tobe stored away in drawers and boxes. Section Bcontains the specimen, or butterfly case, with a rowof small drawers below, these drawers being handyreceptacles for marbles, tops, twine, or like odds andends that make a troublesome litter when throwntogether in a large drawer. Two large drawers belowthese, and the shelf, will find their uses, without doubt.Section C has a couple of shelves for books, withstorage room for bats, hockey sticks, etc., below; and[99]in one corner is a small box large enough to holdtwo or three balls; outside of this, as the other planswill show, is a receptacle for a foot-ball, made ofbent wire. This, if not a desirable addition, may beleft off.


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