When I started reading ANSFG, I couldn't put it down. I read it cover-to-cover. The way the author presents the material makes this "how to" book actually fun to read! Everything in the book - from the size of the boxes, to the Mel's Mix ("homemade" potting soil), and even the number of plants to plant per square foot - it all works! I love seeing the look on the faces of the "disbelievers" when they first see my garden! Currently, I have 23 different vegetables growing and I am thinking about building another box...thanks to this book, I've become addicted to gardening!
August 2010 Through Sept 2010 -- I was intrigued so bought the book. This book has been my constant companion. One month down and made a 4 by 8 ft. garden containing 81 plants. With removable cage over the top to keep my barn cats and wild critters out. Bottom was lined with 1 inch chicken wire to keep out the little digging critters too. I am already thrilled so far with the results with my fall veggies. The worms are there to be picked off, thats ok I want this to be all organic. The "soil" mix that mel has you make yourself seems to be perfect for the plants. Cannot believe this raised bed, intense crop gardening concept has been around for 30 years and I just found out?? I am thrilled to sit on my little foot stool and garden. My lower back loves this method. My garden looks like I am a gardener who knows what she is doing ! I want to build more boxes for the spring. And add boxes on a sharp slope with the drainage bottoms that mel describles in his book, and support the "low" end of box with cinder blocks to keep box horizontal, I can still sit and garden. I hope some people will get curious and see this book to simplify and enjoy their garden experience!!! !!!
The ANSFG book is published by Cool Springs Press and the softcover edition has ISBN 1-59186-202-7. It is better organized and more accessible to the new gardener than his previous version. Some of the new advice sounds radical (no fertilizer, only 6" deep soil mix) but he evidently has the pictures and experience to back him up, so I'm going to try a 4x4' test patch this year.
I just finished this book of information.
Not only does Mel give short-quarter gardens a lift in the right direction, he brings info to us who have larger gardens.
His information can be applied in many ways and even experienced gardners will benefit from his research and application of techniques.
This is a book one would/should keep close at hand.
If you are looking for a way to do vegetable gardening without breaking your back or the bank, this is the book for you. He provides 10 major improvements to his previous book, Square Foot Gardening: new location, direction, soil, depth, no fertilizer, new boxes, aisles, grids, saving seeds and tabletop gardens. A very useful how-to book which I intend to follow verbatim as it is the easiest method I have ever read.