Ten Major New Improvements to the Original Square Foot Garden Method

  1. New Location—Close to the House
  2. New Direction—Up, Not Down
  3. New Soil—Mels Mix
  4. New Depth—Only 6 Inches Deep
  5. No Fertilizer—You Don't Need It
  6. New Boxes—Above the Ground
  7. New Aisles—Comfortable Width
  8. New Grids—Prominent and Permanent
  9. New Idea—Don't Waste Seeds
  10. New Opportunities—Tabletop Gardens

All New Square Foot Gardening offers ten new major improvements to the original SFG method. Now, with these improvements, anyone can be a successful gardener. Yes, its true; this improved gardening method makes gardening even easier than before. You're going to love every one of these improvements.

You will now be able to reduce the size of your SFG so much that you can locate it close to your house for better care and more enjoyment. You'll never have to dig up your existing soil anymore as we now build your new garden on top of it. No more hard work or heavy-duty tools needed. All you'll need is 6 inches of a perfect soil mix from three common ingredients available everywhere. This mix never needs changing and no fertilizer is ever needed using this natural, organic method.

You'll use bottomless boxes made from common lumber, have aisles that are wide enough to comfortably move about in, and each box will have a permanent grid for that unique SFG look and use. You'll use a minimum of seeds, so you won't have to buy new packets every year. Best of all, some of your boxes can have bottoms so you can move them or place them at tabletop or railing heights for easier care and unique locations.

1 New Location-Close to the House

Single-Row Gardens Are Too Big

One of the biggest problems of single-row and bed gardens is their size. They're big! They take up so much room that they are usually located way out back. That usually meant it was out of sight, resulting in out of mind. It became less and less tended as the year went on. But, guess what still grew? Weeds! And these pesky plants can quickly inundate and choke out your crops. Without your attention they 11 take over the garden.

No More

All that has been changed for the better. SFG takes only 20 percent of the space of a single-row garden. That means it can be located much closer to the house where it will get more attention and care, resulting in a better-looking garden and a more usable harvest.

Split It Up for Best Location

In addition, your garden doesn't have to be all in one place. You no longer have to rototill or water one big garden area all at once. You can split up your SFG so that a box or two are located next to the kitchen door, while more boxes can be located elsewhere in the yard. Small, individual garden boxes allow you much more flexibility in determining location. Now your garden can be located near where you walk and sit, or where you can view it from the house. It can even be located in a patio or pool setting, where you relax. Your SFG becomes a companion rather than a burden.

Building up and thereby avoiding the poor qualities of local soil is one of the keys to success of the All New Square Foot Gardening method.

Building up and thereby avoiding the poor qualities of local soil is one of the keys to success of the All New Square Foot Gardening method.

2 New Direction—Up9 Not Down!

Build Up, Don't Dig Down

The second improvement involves locating your garden on top of your existing soil rather than digging down. Most of our readers complain about the terrible soil in their areas. In fact, as I lecture around the country and the world, the question I hear most is, "What can we do about our local soil? It is so hard to work and garden in." The original Square Foot Gardening book explained how to dig down 6 inches and improve your existing soil by adding equal amounts of really good ingredients. Even though you had to do that only the first year and it produced a fairly good soil, people complained that it was still a lot of work involving heavy tools and a great deal of effort. Everyone wants a simple, easy way to garden. So, back to the drawing board.

This got me to thinking. Could I find a better way? So, I asked myself, why do we really need to improve our existing soil if its so bad? Couldn't we just start with a perfect soil mix aboveground and eliminate the need to ever dig up or improve our existing backyard soil? You probably could if your garden wasn't so big . . . but hey, SFG isn't big. In fact, it's one-fifth the size of conventional gardens. So, if we could find a perfect soil mix, there would be no more digging and no more tilling. Doesn't that make a lot of sense? It became possible with All New Square Foot Gardening to have a very condensed no-work gardening method and never have to be concerned again about what kind of soil you have in your yard. Wow!

No Sweat

Just think of the implications if you forget about trying to improve your existing soil. It no longer matters what kind of soil you have! Use the time you save to start a compost pile instead. If you start with a perfect soil mix, it will save a lot of time and money. You don't have to have your soil analyzed anymore, and you don't have to have a pH test made . . . you don't even have to know what pH is! You don't have to buy any heavy tools or go to the expense of having someone rototill your garden every single year. You don't have to buy special ingredients to loosen your clay soil or solidify your sandy soil. And most importantly, you no longer have to do any hard work. You'll have to find another way to get some exercise—so go mow the lawn. This major advance in home gardening changes all of the rules of gardening and eliminates all of the hard work and undesirable parts of single-row gardens. Hey, gardening can be fun now!

So, if you are not going to use your existing soil but instead use a perfect soil mix, what is it and how and where do you get it?

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