[BOOKS] Suare Foot Gardening Û Mel Bartholomew – pullanmaths.co.uk
Includes Photos of Our Own Garden Mel Bartholomew is famous for his Suare Foot Gardens and in All New Suare Foot Gardening he gives us the tools we need to have the garden of our dreams Pictures easy to follow illustrated instructions tips and tricks regardless of the level of your gardening expertise this is a 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 and decided to go with container gardening and we are so so glad
we didBecause of the harsh climate here we decided to use cinder block instead of wood for the didBecause of the harsh climate here we decided to use cinder block instead of wood for the Not only wil Mel Bartholomew is a huge advocate of box gardening Box gardening is a great idea especially when you have alkaline clay like we have in our backyard Constructing the boxes is a snap okay like a whine because it takes a drill He doesn t emphasize enough though that the gardens take a huge amount of water because the wood seems to wick the water away 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 all of our varieties of lettuce are already huge our asparagus is coming up our strawberries are going wild and our carrots seem to be doing well For some reason though tomatoes seem to just as well in the clay if not better So we re doing an experiment planting tomatoes in boxes and out of boxes to see which are betterThe suare foot part of the idea seems to work for some things but it s not as helpful for others I find his emphasis on the idea a little funny For things that can be planted in a 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 a whole box There s just no point in dividing the plants upThe book is "meant to take over a whole box There s just no point in dividing the plants upThe book is 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 any ideas about how to move the dirt when you have to take one apart And his idea of putting chicken wire on the bottom of the box to eep 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 weeds around the edges of the boxesThankfully though the garden boxes themselves are really easy to weed because the dirt doesn t get compacted from being walked on like you get with a normal garden Overall I m glad we re using this approach 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 and boasting about how great Mel thinks he is and how the SFG method TAKES UP LESS SPACE and how it s revolutionary and how everyone else is doing it wrong it might be an okay book But gosh I think on every page of the forty I read he mentioned something about how this garden takes up less space WE GET IT MEL it s why we picked up the book I couldn t take it any I just wanted to read about gardening You can learn all you need to The Book Thief know from this book by reading the back of seed packets and a 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 alas I m rating the book and Iind of hate it The information in it is awesome but the delivery feels less like a book and like an infomerciala really really long infomercial Seriously the whole thing just sounds like a sales pitch Look Mel your method is amazing It s wildly popular and successful You don t need to sell it any We are all coming. Do you now what the best feature is in All New Suare Foot Gardening Sure there are ten new features in this all new updated book Sure it's even simpler than it was before Of course you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground But the best feature is that anyone anywhere can enjoy a Suare Foot garden Children adults with limited mobility even complete novices can achieve 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 a traditional garden 2 New Direction Locate your garden on top of .
To t I agree with the review just before mine in almost every respect What I personally found most insensitive in the book was his plan this is my favorite gardening book what can i say there s a man with a neck beard on the cover his name is mel mel is or less my favorite person on the planet he retired from his job as an engineer at 42 and then turned to gardening when you set an engineer loose in a backyard gardening you get precision gardening and then turned to gardening when you set an engineer loose in a backyard Gardening You Get Precision Gardening He Figured you get precision gardening he figured 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 and it seems like he has a lot of convertsbut I sure wasn t crazy about Mel s method and even less so about his delivery It is like listening to a used car salesman and immediately after saying that while I was reading I read the next paragraph where he compared his book to a brand new shiny Cadillac Sheesh He essentially advocates container gardening cloaked in the guise of shallow 6 raised beds The beds are self contained filled with a vermiculite mix and broken down literally he is very emphatic about this into 1 foot suares So effectively you are planting each crop in 12 cubic foot of soil And not fertilizing beyond applications of compost he alludes to but never explains Wouldn t these tiny bins soon overflow He says it works but there are very few pictures of actual vegetables in his book instead it is a lot of petunias and such which I find pretty ugly planted in a visible gridI like that his method could encourage rotation but if you are actually concerned about pests I uestion whether moving a plant family over one foot would actually make it out of reach of a fungus or insect If you want a garden but don t actually want to spend much time gardening and are a bit of a control freak he waxes poetic about the beauty of these nice neat 4x4 containers who doesn t want the messiness of plants this could be a good book for you If that sounds sassy I don t mean it that way I really do think that this is his audienceOh one thing he also talks about Suare Meter Gardening his effort to stop hunger by bringing his method to starving people in the third world It just seems awfully absurd patronizing and potentially damaging to bring this method that is focused on purchasing and importing soil NOT enriching or using any of the existing soil and is presumably designed for temperate zones where a lush summer vegetable garden isn t that hard to come by to dry poor countries I don t now that it is economically nor ecologically feasible Is his assumption really that subsistence farmers are starving because they just don t now how to farm I believe so since he actually uses the teach a man to fish cliche in his proposal If so I doubt that Mel s method will go a long way towards changing "that As a gardening method Suare Foot Gardening is pretty great This book though this book is not great "As a gardening method Suare Foot Gardening is pretty great This book though this book is not great is a big fan of science and math so let me break down this book by the estimated numbers20% Discussion of how amazing Suare Foot Gardening is or how amazing Mel Bartholomew is20% Actual gardening content10% Weird andor culturally insensitive stuff 10% Charts that don t render correctly in the ebook version40% Repetition of all of the aboveThe book starts with a full chapter on the History of Mel and Suare Foot Gardening I will be honest I don t care I am glad Mel came up with this method and I m glad he s got all this experience teaching it and proselytizing word used advisedly but I m here to read about gardening not Mel or what was going on with Suare Foot Gardening in the 1970s But you can t just skip the chapter and skip this content like everything else it repeats over and over throughout every chapter of the book He even includes in the text uotes from random satisfied gardeners They all Xisting soil Forget about 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 all you can even buy the different types of compost needed 4 New Depth You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches It's true the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth 5 No Fertilizer The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer ever If you start with the perfect soil mix then you don't need to add fertilizer 6 New Boxes The new method uses bottomless boxes placed aboveground We show you how to build your own with step by step photos 7 New Aisles The ideal gardening ai. ,
Ook like this Such a great techniue I am happy to be engaging in Suare Foot Gardening Jane Texas These do not add am definitely happy to engaging in Suare Foot Gardening Jane Texas These do not add and get seriously old after a whileThen you start in on the actual gardening content It s look this part is "kind of a victim of its own successs When I started getting into gardening this method is pretty "of a victim of its own successs When I started getting into gardening this method is pretty how everyone said to do it This information is all over the internet There are a 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 about the greatness of what you re reading about Additionally this doesn t really go into enough detail you re going to need another source of information for your local area anywayThen comes the unfortunate viewpoints Mel uh diverges a lot into things like remember we rest on Sundays I don t I m Jewish and my sabbath day isn t Sunday and he talks about how ladies are super bad at building stuff and about how all poor people really need is a SFG not a government handout I don t really enjoy sexism along with my gardening tips I can t say much about 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 attention this rapidly goes from annoying to boring to frustrating as hell If all the repetition had been cut there d have been enough room to go into detail on climates and crop choices and other stuff that s important than being reminded yet again how much space SFG saves I love this gardening techniue It s the one I use with modifications But I do not at all love this book If you re just starting out google raised bed gardening and go with it If you aren t just starting out this book will be useless to you Get an area specific book and read that But if you re mostly interested in the greatness and history of Mel Bartholomew this is definitely the book for you Want to grow a veggie or flower garden but don t think you can Think again No excuses of not enough space no yard or no ability This is the book for any person with any skill level with just a patio or a yard for the professional or for the handicap in a wheel chair School children and 3rd world countries have used this techniue with great success I read this book in 1 afternoon and then my 13 year old son and husband built my boxes in 1 afternoon I m taking pictures along the way to show our progress I think this is something that even my grandparents who are both in wheel chairs would enjoy and can do If not for you then buy this for a friend neighbor or family member They will thank you My garden roughly follows Mel s plans so this was clearly an influential book as I built my first garden However According to Mel I don t have a suare foot garden because I don t use a physical grid And I plant a little haphazardly I mean it s a great system in a lot of ways but you don t have to follow the rules This ind of garden drill sergeant business is not for me so I just focus on the information in the book that is useful to me and carry on There is a lack of detail on some points he says use mulch but never talks much about what Educating for the New World Order kind of mulch However one point where the lack of in depth information is actually something I appreciated is Mel s philosophy about pests and bugs Too many beginner gardening books are loaded down with tales of fungi mildews and other plagues I think it s important to wait and see or talk to your extension office if you re really worried and otherwise justeep going So you lose a few plants it s okay There s no sense in freaking out ahead of time about plant problemsHis writing style irritated me I would have preferred a straightforward no nonsense treatise on his system Instead I got a lot of not funny jokes and plenty of Mel talking about how great Mel is. Sle width is about three to four feet That makes it even easier to Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock kneel work and harvest 8 New Grids Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting suares andnow how to space for maximum harvest 9 New Seed Saving Idea The old fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras that means pulling them up The new method means planting a pinch literally two or three seeds per planting hole 10 Tabletop Gardens The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter only 6 inches of soil remember you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable Of course that's not all We've also included simple easy to follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations You're going to love ,