News Release

For immediate release - September 4, 2012

Square Foot Gardening Class Returns by Popular Demand

The Lake County Library System will be hosting a free class, an introduction to All New Square Foot Gardening. The classes will include the foundations, fundamentals, and techniques of the Square Foot Gardening method created by Mel Bartholomew, a revolutionary in the world of gardening. Certified instructor Steve Earls, of SFG Supply in Eustis, will provide a hands-on experience and is open to questions.  The class will be offered Tuesday, September 25th at 2 p.m. in the Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library.

The Square Foot Gardening system is a very condensed, natural, and organic method of gardening. It doesn't matter what type of soil you have, because you don't use any of it. There's no digging or rototilling. If you use a solid wood bottom, or weed barrier underneath, you don't have weeds, unless they blow in from somewhere else. With Mel's Mix, instead of regular soil, there's no fertilizing. Your Square Foot Garden can be started in any season.

Square Foot Gardening is a simple system that adapts to all levels of experience, physical abilities, and geographical locations. Grow all you want and need in only 20% of the space of a conventional row garden. Save time, water, work and money! 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.

Registration is not necessary for this FREE program. For more information please call 352-742-6204 or visit our website at


Media contact:
Katherine Spurgeon
Library Manager

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