Mel Bartholomew

Mel Bartholomew was the creator and originator of the Square Foot Gardening system, as well as the author of All New Square Foot Gardening, which was America's best-selling gardening book for a decade. Since its publication in 1981, Bartholomew's guide has sold 2.5 million copies. He hosted a PBS TV show for five years before moving on to the Learning Channel and Discovery Network for three more years. Bartholomew was the founder of the Square Foot Gardening Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes every home in the globe to grow a little garden and eat fresh, uncontaminated vegetables. Mel Bartholomew created the unique square-foot approach to gardening in the 1970s and published the first book on the subject a few years later.

All New Square Foot Gardening, his follow-up book, was published in 2005 and has since made home gardening accessible to millions of people. He lives in California, and the Square Foot Gardening Foundation is based in South Carolina. Squarefoot Gardening may be found at