Square-Foot Gardening

The following is contact information for a man that generously gave his time to show the Inland Valley Back-to-Basics Meet-up group how to set-up a square foot garden:

Abraham Zamora of abrahamzamora.com, is a certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor.

Square foot gardening is the practice of planning and planting small but intensively planted raised-bed gardens.  By using a special mix of compost, and other materials, you can harvest a serious amount of produce from small shallow beds.

Anyone can do square-foot gardening, with any type of soil, but Mel’s mix is considered the no-fail garden soil.   When I say anyone, I mean after this is set up even a person bound to a wheelchair can maintain and harvest from it.

Additional Resources

This gardening style was popularized by Mel Bartholomew.  Our library has these square foot gardening books, and even more books on container gardening:

  • Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew [c1981]
  • All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More In Less Space!  by Mel Bartholomew [c2006]
  • Fresh Food From Small Spaces:  The square-inch gardener’s guide to year-round growing, fermenting, and sprouting by R. J. Ruppenthal [c2008]
  • All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook:  Taking The Harvest To The Table by Mel Bartholomew [c2009]
  • One magic square: the easy, organic way to grow your own food on a 3-foot square by Lolo Houbein [c2010] – Discusses the importance of local, organic gardening, and provides guidelines for cultivating a variety of herb, fruit, and vegetable gardens on one square yard of land.
  • See also my post titled, “Garden In A Bucket.”   In that post, I give links to a very easy self-watering system.

The Internet is replete with articles and how-to videos for square foot gardening: Here are just a few:

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I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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