I was at first a skeptic. I had sandy loam soil to work with in MI.I had the book since 1981. It sat on my shelf. Upon my wife's insistence,I followed the author's recipe for soil with good results just two years ago. Now,living in Arkansas,where the previous owner farmed rocks(joke),raised bed gardening is a necessity and the soil mixture still works down here .No hoses to trip on, no chemicals to pollute the planet, and my thumb and index finger are getting quite muscular.You will have to buy the book. It is written in a readily accessible manner. Mel is also available on the web as well as You Tube.
I love this book. It has helped me plan my garden and produce MORE vegetables in less space than I thought possible.
I like how he talks about only planting the amount of seeds you will use. You don't have to thin seedlings!! It has a section that shows you how to space each variety of vegetable in a 1'x1' square to get the most bang for your buck(seed).
This book was my gardening bible for the many, many years I gardened in New York City, with space at a premium.
I now inhabit grander digs, but have been consulting Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening as I plant vegetables in containers on my deck, so the deer don't demolish them. It is a treasure.
Wonderful reading and a great plan to get started on just about any type of garden. I have used some of the techniques suggested in the book and have passed them on to others who really appreciated them, too. And I have recommended the book to several people, some of whom read it and found it helpful. There are a lot of good suggestions and very good methods explained carefully. The book is easy to read and does not get bound up in being overly precise. You get the general idea quickly and any type of hardware, planning, digging and planting methods are explained simply. Watering, spacing, fertilising, and plant rotation are described fully. There a several illustrations and photographs to help out as well.
Anyone could have a successful, productive garden with this book.