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Announcing the first companion to the best-selling gardening book ever! Growing Successful Gardeners™

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Announcing the first companion to thebest-selling gardening book ever! With millions of Square Foot followersworldwide, and an increased interest inhomegrown vegetables, it is time for author Mel Bartholomew to add a new bookto his popular gardening book,All New Square Foot Gardening.

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  • Announcing the first companion to the

    best-selling gardening book ever!

    Growing Successful Gardeners

  • With millions of Square Foot followers worldwide, and an increased interest in

    homegrown vegetables, it is time for author Mel Bartholomew to add a new book

    to his popular gardening book, All New SquAre Foot GArdeNiNG.

    From the IntroductionAt the center of Square Foot gardening is the goal of efficiency, growing the most food of the best quality in the smallest space with the least amount of effort. Square Foot Gardening is a more efficient use of land, energy and water than traditional row gardening. The closely spaced squares minimize the opportunity for weeds and there-fore, the need for weeding. Then theres the health benefit. A garden produces fresh fruits and vegetables that form the center of a healthful way of eating. And theres the environmental effect of a Square Foot Garden. You see how a garden free from toxic chemicals buzzes with beneficial insects and attracts delightful creatures.The efficiencies continue when you get to the kitchen. To me, the most efficient way to eat vegetables is fresh and uncooked. Theres no heat involved, so it conserves energy. Uncooked vegetables retain all their nutrients. And your energy is conserved, too, when dinner involves merely selecting your food, cleaning it, and eating it. Youll make the planting, harvesting and meal-planning decisions that work for your household. However, to help you maximize the taste of your gardens good things, weve selected 135 recipes using 17 popular garden fruits, vegetables, tubers, and herbs. The cookbook is arranged alphabetically by plant. Each section includes a harvest and yield guide, to give you an idea of what to expect from each plant, along with advice on the best way to gather the vegetables and fruits. The recipes in each section start with the least-cooked dishes that emphasize the basic goodness in the vegetable, and move along to the most fixed dishes. Where applicable, weve included a recipe in each section to deal with bumper crops, including sauces and simple pickles. Each chapter includes a kids corner idea to encourage the interest of children and grandchildren.

    Finally, theres the spiritual side of a garden. Growing your own food helps develop a reverence for the processes

    of nature and with it a special sense of responsibility.

    If you want to grow more vegetablesand flowersin less space, All New SquareFoot Gardening isfor you. Author

    Mel Bartholomew

    takes you through

    his proven Square

    Foot Gardening

    method adopted by

    satisfied gardeners

    for more than twenty-five years. Now in AllNew Square Foot Gardening, Mel unveilsten new improvements that save you more

    time and more moneyall with a lot less

    work. And with All New Square Foot Gardening, you no longer have to worryabout weeds and fertilizer! Gardeners

    everywhere enthusiastically endorse Mel

    Bartholomews revolutionary Square Foot

    Gardening method.

    LEON FROM NEW MEXICOSFG is by far the BEST METHOD for someonewho wants good veggies with the leastamount of work.

    NOEL AND LORI IN CANADAWe had only 6 weeds all summer.

    DIANA FROM INDIANAWe are stunned at how much is growing in so small a space.

    DEBORAH FROM SOUTH CAROLINAIncredible, the most gratifying gardeningexperience in my life.

    FRANK FROM VIRGINIAI only spend 5 to 10 minutes per day tending to my Square Foot Garden.

    All New Square Foot Gardening is the revolutionary way to grow more in less

    space. See for yourself why gardeners

    everywhere have joined the revolution!


    Over 2 million copies sold!

  • There are types of cucumbers that are good for pickling and types that are good for eating fresh. Cucumber connoisseurs agree that pickling cucumbers taste good when chopped for salads, but that slicing cucumbers dont pickle very well. If youre looking for the most efficient garden plant, select a cucumber seed type whose label says that it is good for pickling and eating fresh.

    When to harvestHarvest cucumbers continuously or plant will stop making them.

    Signs that it is readyA cucumber is at its best when it is dark green, firm, and of moderate size. Harvest pickling-type cucumbers when they are 3 inches long. Pick slic-ing cucumbers when they are 5 to 8 inches long.

    When is it too late?If you let just one fruit get overripe and begin turn-ing yellow and tough, the plant will stop producing more fruit. Continuous picking actually increases a vines production.

    How to harvestCut or clip the cucumber from the plant with a knife or scissors, rather than twisting or pulling it off. Leave some of the stem on when you clip them, and use two hands so as not to break the fragile vines.

    Expected yieldGenerally, vining varieties will produce about 15 cucumbers per plant and bush varieties will pro-duce about 10 per plant.

    kids cornerHeres an easy and entertain-ing garden project. Youll need a glass bottle. Find a cucumber that has flowered, been pollinated and formed a tiny little cucumber. Slip the bottle over the cucumber and leave it for several days. Pretty soon it will be too large to slip the bottle off. The cucumber will continue growing let it get as large as you like. When youre ready to harvest it, just cut off the stem. Then be ready to show off your amazing achievement!

    TipsStorageCucumbers keep best in a cool, moist environment. Re-frigerate them in plastic bags. They will keep for about a week, but they can lose their crispiness after five days. Whole cucumbers do not freeze well; they turn mushy when thawed. However, you can peel them, cut them up, and then freeze them. You can also grate or puree chunks of cucumbers and freeze the puree. Or, try baking fresh cucumber slices at 450 for 30 minutes before freezing them.

    Eat / Dont EatThe whole fruit is edible. Some people prefer to pare the skin while others like the look and taste of slices with skin. Tough skins should be peeled, and tender skins can be peeled in alternating strips down the length so slices will have alternate skin and flesh showing.

    Plant withCucumbers grow well with beans, peas, radishes and sunflowers. They seem to dislike potatoes and aromatic herbs.

    Mel says...


    Multi-culturalCucumbers are said to help with high blood pressure.

    Chapter-opening spread sample

  • Recipe spread sample


    Creamy Cucumber and Radish SaladA light, cool salad for hot days.

    Combine the sour cream, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Arrange the cucumber and radishes on a platter or in a bowl. Top with the sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with basil. Serve right away. Makes 4 servings.

    cup sour cream or plain yogurt1 garlic clove, minced1 teaspoon herb vinegar or white wine vinegarSalt and freshly ground pepper to taste1 large cucumber, sliced1 bunch radishes (about 10), trimmed, sliced2 tablespoons minced basil, dill or parsley

    Creamy Cucumber and Radish Salad

    Cucumber SauceThis versatile sauce can take on different flavors. For an Indian raita, add a hot green chile and chopped mint. Turn it into Greek tzatziki by using yogurt, garlic and dill. For a sauce for cooked salmon, use sour cream, chives and a few capers.

    Combine the cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, green onion and salt in a blender. Process in pulses until the cucumber and onion are finely chopped but not pureed. Makes 1 cups.

    1 large cucumber, peeled, seeds cut out if large, sliced 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon sliced green onion or chives teaspoon salt

  • About the AuthorMel BartholoMew was an engineer by profession and a frustrated gardener by weekend.

    Using his engineering expertise, Mel condensed the unmanageable single-row gardening space to 44

    feet, amended the soil, and bingo, he developed a system that yields 100% of the harvest in 20% of the

    space. Mels method gained popularity and strength and ultimately he converted millions of gardeners

    world-wide to his revolutionary Square Foot method. Mels global outreach initiative has spread from

    Africa to Asia to South America and is recognized as a resounding success by nonprofit human interest

    groups. Bartholomew is determined to continue to strengthen the Square Foot programs across the na-

    tion and the globe. Mel operates his nonprofit Square Foot Gardening foundation in Eden, Utah.

  • Book Highlightsn Features the seventeen top vegetables, herbs and fruits harvested from a Square Foot Garden

    n Offers more than 135 recipes which provide healthy, cost-effective, and chemical-free

    additions to every meal

    n Includes yield expectations, harvesting techniques, a kids corner, and other Square Foot

    gardening advice

    Marketing Highlights Confirmed feature in Relish Magazine, Spring 2010

    Targeted regional and national garden, food and health radio

    Targeted DIY blogs, domestic lifestyle, family interest, food, gardening, health and wellness,

    home, etc. and online sources

    Release of Twitter messages

    Targeted news release via PR Newswire

    Video eblasts targeted to national media outlets and authors square foot membership

    Square Foot harvesting video posting on YouTube,,,

    Publicity and promotion in conjunction with authors scheduled speaking engagements

    Review mailings

    Specifications Media ContactEAN: 9781591864592Price: $19.95 US, $21.95 CANTrim: 6.375" x 9.375"Format: TradepaperPages: 176Carton Qty: 20Illustrations: Full-color images Series: All New Square Foot Gardening BISAC Category: Gardening/Vegetables BISAC Code: GAR025000Available: November 2009

    Media Contact: Lola Honeybone at Media Workshop [email protected]