Agreed. I was looking at the spaces he had, and it seemed to be a good fit.Square foot gardening has some good ideas but it's a hell of a lot of trouble if you have a decent amount of space. I use it for a few things that turn over pretty regularly but just give some of the spreading plants their room. Crockett's Victory Garden is the book I recommend to new gardeners. All the learning is really most helpful after the first year. Just remember to save all the varietal names that you use each year so you can get the same ones next year or avoid them if they didn't pan out.
My problem is that I get the garden planted and looking beautiful and as time goes by and it's 98* in the shade and the mosquitoes fly in formation, my interest in weeding declines rapidly.
I use copious quantities of mulch around the plants themselves to keep them weed-free but the rest of it grows up and looks pretty nasty by the end of the season.