Square Foot Gardening High-value Veggies

Square Foot Gardening High-value Veggies

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Book - 2016
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Get the most return on investment from your garden by calculating which vegetables, fruits, and herbs give the highest payback. To make the selection process of what to grow easy, Mel Bartholomew -- author of the best-selling Square Foot Gardening -- has a new book to maximize your garden's return on investment.

High-Value Veggies is an easy-to-use reference book that will help you choose edibles that make the most financial and spatial sense for your space. Explore the thought processes and math behind growing vegetables and herbs in order to craft the best plan for you.

Maximizing your garden's yield is no simple task. Consider the tomato; most people think it's a safe bet for a high-yield return - but which variety? Heirloom tomatoes typically cost $5 or more a pound at farmers' markets. You can beat that price by growing Cherokee Purples from seed at a net cost of only 80 cents per pound. If you plant purchased seedlings, the cost will go up to about $1 a pound -- and that's including the cost of water and fertilizer. This is the kind of invaluable data and advice you can trust High-Value Veggies to provide.

Whether you're interested in growing tomatoes, pumpkins, cabbage, corn, or anything else, it's wise to consider the invisible dollar signs sown along the way. The relative return on investment for each veggie in High-Value Veggies is calculated based on dollar value generated for each square foot planted. You don't need to be a math whiz to plan your next vegetable garden. Bartholomew has done the math for you, and he has cost-effective answers.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Cool Springs Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781591866688
Branch Call Number: 635 Ba
Description: 128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Jul 20, 2016

A book with a catchy title, lot of hype, repetition and little substance or information. You can get better information on the Internet.

The rate of return is particularly interesting. Your time and effort, etc. are simply forgotten in the calculations, while all that and more are included in the produce that is bought.

By the way I too am a retired Civil Engineer (50 years) and if I charge about $70-100 an hour, for my efforts in the Garden, the ROI will be hilariously negative. I suppose the author does not practice comparing apples to apples.

We garden to enjoy produce , freshly picked at the right moment, free of pesticides and harmful stuff.

If you buy the book the ROI will be less than 10%. There are better books at the Library.


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