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Square Foot Gardening Class Returns by Popular Demand

The Lake County Library System will be hosting a new series of classes on the All New Square Foot Gardening. The classes will include the foundations, fundamentals, and techniques of the Square Foot Gardening method created by Mel Bartholomew.  Mr. Bartholomew is a revolutionary in the world of gardening. Using his famed method, many doors have opened up for people around the world to enjoy gardening to the fullest. Steve Earls of SFG Supply in Eustis is a certified instructor who will provide a hands on experience and is open to questions. Classes will be offered Wednesday, August 10th in the Lady Lake Public Library; Thursday, August 18th in the Tavares Civic Center; and Saturday, September 10th at 10 a.m. in the Cooper Memorial Library.

How would you like a garden that has no weeds, no hard work, you don't need any tools, is friendly to the environment because it takes up very little space, uses hardly any water, and yet produces 100% of the harvest of an old-fashioned single row garden? Upon completion of this class, students will have the knowledge necessary to begin gardening the Square Foot Gardening way.

Square Foot Gardening can produce 100% of the harvest with only 40% of the cost; 20% of the space; 10% of the water; 5% of the seeds; 2% of the weeds and 0% of the work. The practice combines concepts from other organic gardening methods, including a strong focus on compost, closely planted raised beds. It is particularly well-suited to areas with poor soil, beginning gardeners or as adaptive recreation for those with disabilities.

Mel Bartholomew is a prominent engineer who invented a new way to garden and became the author of “All New Square Foot Gardening”, the largest selling gardening book in America with over two million copies sold. His method has received worldwide recognition for its simplicity and uniqueness and has been written about in every major newspaper and gardening magazine in the country.

Registration is not necessary for this FREE program. For more information please call 352-253-6167 or visit our website at