Square Foot Gardening Turns 40

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Vegetable gardeners are invited to help Mel Bartholomew celebrate the 40th anniversary of his square foot gardening technique. Click To Enlarge

Vegetable gardeners are invited to help Mel Bartholomew celebrate the 40th anniversary of his square foot gardening technique. 


Vegetable gardening trends may come and go, but rarely does one stick around for 40 years. That's not the case with the ground-breaking gardening method known as square foot gardening.

In the late 1970s, Mel Bartholomew introduced gardeners to his method for taking vegetable gardening to another level. Instead of planting in long garden rows, he encouraged gardeners to plant in a square-foot grids. 

Gardeners who bought his first book in1981 soon discovered his square foot method increased vegetable productivity, reduced water use and eliminated the need for weeding. The method made for tidier gardens, too.

In 2013 he released an updated version of his classic book and called it All New Square Foot Gardening to introduce the space-saving gardening technique to a new generation of vegetable gardeners.

If you've ever planted a square-foot garden, you can help Mel celebrate this 40th anniversary. The Square Foot Gardening Foundation is inviting vegetable gardeners to add a page to a special memory book commemorating this gardening milestone.

If you'd like to participate, write a short paragraph of what square foot gardening means to you and email sfgkimroman@yahoo.com by November 1, 2015. Include your first name and last initial, city, state and/or country. The organizers say each submission serves as the writer's consent to allow them to share the paragraph on all forms of media.

Gardeners can also keep up with recent developments on the Square Foot Gardening Foundation website.

Have you grown a square-foot garden? Please share your experience here, too!


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