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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work

This year I am using Mel Bartholomew's square foot gardening method he describes in his book, Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work, to make the most of my available garden space.  I find his planting diagrams under the "Crop-by-Crop Guide" chapter most helpful.  Now I know I can fit four swiss chards in one square foot!

To give you an idea of what topics this book covers, the table of contents is set forth below:

1: A Better Way of Gardening
2: Understanding Square Foot Gardening
3: Choosing the Right Size and Layout
4: Simple Tools for Square Foot Gardens
5: Getting Started: Site and Soil Choices
6: Planting Procedures From Simple to Advanced
7: Spacing and Planting Methods
8: Vertical Growing
9: Cages, Boxed and Vertical Supports
10: Seed-Starting Techniques and Tips
11: Planting Seedlings and Transplants
12: Watering Guidelines
13: Preventing Problems: Weeds, Pests, and Diseases
14: Enjoying the Harvest
15: Extending the Growing Season
16: End-of-Season Activities
17: Special Gardens
18: A Crop-by-Crop Guide
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