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Square Foot Gardening: Answer Book
"Square Foot Gardening Answer Book "is for all of the world's square foot gardeners. The book shows you ways 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 ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published December 15th 2012 by Cool Springs Press
(first published December 12th 2012)
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When I first got into vegetable gardening, I got into square foot gardening. Read my review of the original book for details on the premise and what is covered. I still use a lot of the basic principles but I don't follow the "rules" as closely as I once did. For instance, I still use raised beds for my vegetables and follow Bartholomew's guidelines for how closely to space my seeds/plants, but I no longer use an actual grid (mine fell apart) or grow all of my vine plants on trellises (I grow ...more
There's not much in this book that isn't covered in the 2nd edition of the original Square Foot Gardening book, but there are a few helpful things like how to deal with certain pests, vine plants, and unusual circumstances. I got a good deal on it, but otherwise it's not really worth the price.
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“Plants like beer! Don’t just dump beer left in bottles after a party. Once it becomes flat—after a day or two—add the beer to your SFG bucket of sun-warmed water. The nutrients and salts in the beer will give your plants an added boost. Of course, if the dog seems a little dopey for no apparent reason, you’ll know you need to put a cover on that bucket!”
“How do I save my squash plants from these disgusting squash bugs? Squash bugs can proliferate quickly and they are tough to eradicate, so it’s important to take action at the first sight of one. The larvae and young bugs are much easier to kill than the mature individuals. They are slow moving and easy to catch, so handpicking can be an effective control method. Drop mature bugs into a jar of warm soapy water, and knock or brush eggs from the undersides of leaves into the same jar. You can destroy these bugs and the eggs by just squishing them, but I wouldn’t recommend this. They are relatives of the stinkbug and you’ll find out just how closely related they are when you squish them. You’ll think they’re second cousins! Some gardeners have had success with Neem oil, but this usually isn’t effective against adult squash bugs. I would suggest hitting them early and often with physical removal, and making sure there is no yard debris about that could shelter the bugs. Other than that, healthy plants are your best defense against the damage these bugs can cause. Notice above the importance of catching a problem like this early, when there’s just eggs or small bugs. Much easier to control. Remember how I tell people that with a big single row garden way out back you only visit it a couple times a week and the bugs can get a good foothold before you even notice them. Then it’s almost too late. With your Square Foot Garden, you tend it regularly, and with hand watering, you nurture your plants; you’ll see the bugs right away. You’ll see the first sign of something wrong, and then it’s much easier to take care of. It’s just like nurturing your children. If you only see them twice a week, you don’t notice they have the sniffles. Then they come down with a cold, which turns into a serious illness. Then it’s too late to correct. Catch it when they still have a runny nose—and tend your gardens the same way. That’s why I like to encourage people to treat their plants like their children.”More quotes…