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All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! by Mel Bartholomew

This version has suggestions for protecting the plants from critters of all kinds as well as ideas for hoop houses to extend the gardening season. The book is full color and much easier to read than the older version. Even if you already have the original book, the new one is worth buying. He's added some updated information based on 25 years of sqft gardening experience from around the globe. The website is also interesting as it contains photos and such of square foot gardens from all over the world.

It takes a little bit of effort to build your garden boxes and grid system but you only have to do it once. The new one gives you wonderfull ideas on small space gardening, less weeding, less watering and soil improvement (composting and Mels mix) where it is need, not where you walk. It gives you square foot gardening planting ideas, aisle covering and tips, trellis ideas, vegetable covers and seasonal rotation sugestions. There is a list on what are the best vegetables to plant, where to plant them, how many you can plant in a square foot, buying less seeds and getting more vegetables.

There is a very nice "AT A GLANCE" index for vegetable,some herbs and some flowers. There is an indepth description of vegetagles sugested for this garden type. There are penny pincher tips for the gardener and guides on whewther you want a small family garden,

Don't settle for the other imitators. Mel is the originator of this method and deserves to profit it from it, not the other copycats. As well, his nonprofit organization is designed to help spread this method across the world and help families in third world countries grow at least some of their own food. Go Mel!! Become part of the population who says no to high priced gardening gadgets, wasted land, water and energy and become a responsible steward of our precious land and resources.

     

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When most of us think of vegetable gardening, planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall is what usually comes to mind.

This doesn't have to be the case, though. In fact, there are certain species that are very well suited for fall gardening. Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean you have pack up the gardening tools for the year. Here are some fall gardening ideas for those who want to keep the fresh veggies rolling in.

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Things To Consider

Before you start your fall gardening project, you're going to have to do a little homework. You're going to have to find out a little bit about the weather in your area. Fall weather patterns, average first frost and what zone you live in are all key pieces of information. The zone system divides the country into different areas according to climate and weather. It was developed to aid gardeners in finding the right plants for their area. Most plants will be rated as to what zones they will do best in.

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You can easily find out what zone you live in by looking online for growing zone maps. These sites may also have suggestions for what types of plants are recommended for each zone. This will be important information for you to have as not all vegetables will grow well in every zone, especially in the fall. Some of the best vegetables for fall gardening include beets, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, onions, and radishes among others.

Planning

The key to successful fall gardening is in the timing. This involves figuring out the best time to plant your vegetables so that they can mature before the first frost. Your seed packets will indicate the maturation time of each vegetable. You'll also need the estimated first frost date for your growing zone as discussed above. Take the maturation period and add approximately 21 days to it.

Then, take that number, and count back from the first frost date to determine your planting date. One problem you might run into is that some cool weather seeds will not germinate well in the hot weather of summer. In this case, start your plants inside, and then move them outside after about 30 days.

Frost Protection

Obviously, protecting your fall gardening project from frost is the next most important thing to consider. Covering your plants with a blanket or sheet or some other homemade cover should be sufficient for protecting the plants themselves. Using a thick layer of mulch around your plants will help keep the ground from freezing as fast. Watering your crops the evening before the frost will also help to slow down the freezing process.

By following some of these tips, you can keep a fresh supply of healthy produce coming in all the way through Thanksgiving.



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