In the 1970s, Mel Bartholomew, an American author and TV presenter, developed a planting method called Square Foot Gardening (or SFG). Simple, easy-to-manage raised beds that require little maintenance are created with raised beds. With Mel’s first book and television series, SFG quickly gained popularity during the 1980s, and several companies now offer ready-to-assemble SFG gardens on the market. According to supporters, SFG produces more, uses less soil and water,