The original book that I read and still own was published in 1981. Mel has updated that book and it's now available on Amazon.com. It's called All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. I'm excited to have purchased The Square Foot Gardening Answer Book.
Mel’s system can be used in a raised bed or in ground garden. Square foot gardening also incorporates plants like cucumbers that grow vertical on trellises. You can easily accommodate vine vegetables as like tomatoes, beans, melons, pumpkins and squash in a square foot garden. Down below is a square foot garden chart to give you a better idea of how Mel Bartholomew's method works. His book is copyrighted and I'm not able to post his actual graphics.
His method is easy to understand and most ideal for the urban gardener who only has a small space to work with. You can grow so many vegetables, herbs and flowers within one square foot and eliminate wasted space between rows.
Mel's books give you grids and graphs of what particular vegetables work well together in one square foot. I've used them so often that I've actually xeroxed the photos and laminated them. So when I go out to my gardens I have them on hand.
It's amazing how he even thought about how to incorporate root vegetables like beets into his square foot garden method. They fit nicely with lettuce that tends to grow shallow roots. He explains plants that are compatible because, they share either the same water,shade or sunshine needs.
People even use Mel's square foot garden method to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables in roof top gardens. There's restaurants across the country that are using Mel's garden method on their own rooftops.
Here's a list of restaurants using Mel's square foot garden method:
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