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Post  sfg4uKim on Tue 6 Sep 2011 - 8:53

I was given a set of the old PBS videos at the Baltimore Teacher Symposium. Since it's going to be rainy the next few days, I started watching them.

YIKES! Double digging? Amending your existing soil? Using fertilizer? 12" aisles? String for grids? Hoeing weeds?

I can't believe I didn't really like the NEW method when I first got the book. What was I THINKING?

Initially I wondered why the Foundation would sell these old videos, BUT he has wonderful examples of different methods of protecting the plants and other great hints that you can adapt to the new method.

Mel . . . thank you, thank you, thank you for updating your method. The old method was good, but the new is FANTASTIC. cheers






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Post  boffer on Tue 6 Sep 2011 - 9:50

It's a shame the old and new sfg methods aren't more accurately differentiated in their given names because they have so little in common. I understand why people would be happy to pick up the original book at a garage sale for a quarter, and think the 'new' book just had a few revisions in it. That's how it usually works. We've had a number of forum members say that they've done just that, much to their chagrin.


I think it would have been cool if Mel had decided to call SFG, Volksgarten!
(ala Volkswagen. Forget the politics; there's some strong commonalities there.)
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Post  squaredeal on Tue 6 Sep 2011 - 20:26

My library has a set of those PBS shows and I got them out. I found them quite useful in several ways. 1. SFG is not rigid - it has evolved. Mel tested and adopted better methods as they came along. 2. Mel's TV garden evolved from a traditional row crop patch to a patchwork of intensive gardens. Along with his fencing and a patio area for relaxing, it really was quite remarkable to see it change on TV. 3. Mel's enthusiasm and encouragement to the beginning gardener. Honestly, some of the garden shows today are rather beyond the scope of the backyard gardener. I would love to see PBS return with the All New Square Foot Garden Show!
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Post  sfg4uKim on Tue 6 Sep 2011 - 20:55

I TOTALLY agree Squaredeal. They DO need to have an All New SFG show!


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Post  boffer on Tue 6 Sep 2011 - 20:55

What I find fascinating is that after all those years of development, Mel set it all aside, left it in the dust, and started from scratch to create the ALL NEW SFG.

To be sure, there is lots of pertinent gardening information from the original SFG that is applicable to the ALL NEW SFG, but the starting places for the two methods are different as night and day...thank goodness for us gardening neophytes.
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Post  tabletopper on Tue 6 Sep 2011 - 21:07

I too video taped his shows and gardened his way with 1 foot isles.......in 1991 had my whole backyard in veggies and flowers.....loved it....and when my husband died I traveled ....and when I came back I tossed the tapes in the trash....that I am sure sorry for now.....I do have his DVD's and loan them out to my friends to show how easy it all is.....I wish the tapes were an hour long and 4 disks......instead of a hour and a half.....

I kept the original SFG book which is well worn....there is a lot of useful info in it even tho he has revised some of the methods......tnx Mel for all your efforts....Ruth
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