Thursday, July 6, 2017

Monthly Read: Book Review For July

Monthly Read
Once a month I will review and recommend a book. I know in this digital world that paper books are a little out dated. Most hard copy books are now in digital form, often in PDF. I would recommend a good well rounded hard copy library in your home. Some of the best books are old and out of print. There are certain publishers and authors I really like. This will be books I like and really only my opinion. If you’d like to recommend a book for me to review e-mail me and we can make it happen. The subjects will be varied but will have to do with the theme of this website, LDS Gunsite. Guns, preparedness, LDS History, security, self-defense, and patriotism are just a few examples. I have a big library of mostly reference books so I will draw heavily from that. Some books may be old and out of print. But most will be books you can find on Amazon.
July’s Monthly Read is: “Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work” By Mel Bartholomew
Publisher’s summary:
One of the bestselling garden books ever is fresher than ever! Ready to inspire a whole new generation of gardeners.
When he created the "square foot gardening" method, Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer and efficiency expert, found the solution to the frustrations of most gardeners. His revolutionary system is simple: it's an ingenious planting method based on using square foot blocks of garden space instead of rows. Gardeners build up, not down, so there's no digging and no tilling after the first year. And the method requires less thinning, less weeding, and less watering.
"I found a better way to garden, one that's more efficient, more manageable, and requires less work," Bartholomew explains. Not surprisingly, his method quickly received worldwide recognition and has been written up in every major newspaper and gardening magazine. His book, which served as the companion to the nationally acclaimed television series, has sold over 800,000 copies. Now freshened with new illustrations, the book Ingram calls "the largest selling garden book in America" is reissued for the delight of a whole new generation of gardeners.

Review:
My wife and I love this book and method. The reason we moved to country was the influence of two great people, Polly and Rallo Henry. When we met these great people we were looking for a place to live. They influenced us to find property and to build our own home. Because of their counsel and encouragement, we have had a wonderful and enriching experience living beside a dirt road. We love our home that we put our blood, sweat, and tears into! Way back when we first bought our “shell” of a home and property, we started a garden. We had done some gardening living on bases in the military also. But having our own place and space was great. Polly gave us a copy of “Square Foot Gardening”. We have used it ever since. We love the book. Even as I write this we have a garden that is laid out with the square foot method. We’ve come a long way since then but square foot gardening has always been part of our food production. Mel Bartholomew’s writing is easy to follow and to translate into your own garden.
I’m a fan of Mel Bartholomew. He’s influenced people to garden and helped feed people around the world. He’s encouraging, uplifting, thoughtful and a fun writer. He’s an organic gardener and a philanthropist, and just seems to be an all-around sharp guy with a good heart. If you’ve got a limited amount of space, like well-planned systems, and you’ve got some resources, square foot gardening is a great method.
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