Now that our seedling flat medium is mixed we need to mix up our pre-plant fertilizer that will be added to our growing medium. According to the Mittleider Gardening Course book on page 51, we are going to mix 5 pounds lime of gypsum, 1 ounce of boron from 20 Mule Team Borax, and 4 ounces of magnesium sulfate. (we get more than 20 inches of rain here in Missouri annually so we use lime. 18 or fewer inches you want gypsum)
Time to mix up the sawdust, sand and perlite that will be used as our growing medium in our seedling flats. We mixed 4 parts sawdust, 2 parts sand and 1/2 part perlite for our seedling flat, as seen in the pictures below.
Seedling flats are shown in the Mittleider Gardening Course book on page 181. The dimensions of the seedling flats are 18″ x 18″ x 2 1/2″. Once filled with the mixed growing medium we added 1 1/2 ounces of our pre plant fertilizer mix. (Page 51 in the MGM)
A quick trip to Jamesport, MO, today to get sawdust for our seedling flats and grow boxes. This lumber mill makes pallets and will allow us to take the sawdust for FREE. They do not make pallets from walnut so this sawdust is safe to use. We will make a few trips here in the near future.
In just a few hours a class of beginners in this Mittleider gardening course were able to transform this bare patch of ground into a bunch of Mittleider grow beds. The raised bed allows for proper drainage. The edges of the gore bed have a raised ridge to confine water during daily watering. Watering just the grow beds and not the entire garden reduces your water consumption and helps to cut down on weeds.
These tomatoes are being grown vertically as part of the Mittlieder Gardening Method in Kidder, MO. They’re pruned and wound around heavy bailing twine to maximize the sunlight and air to the plants while making it easy to harvest. No wire cages to fight here! The 2×4 is just over 7 feet from the ground. Some of those tomato plants are 10 feet tall.
This week I’ve been attending a Mittleider gardening course and have had the opportunity see the system implemented and learn so much. I will have many more Mittleider posts in the future as I convert my traditional garden to a Mittlieder
I’m thoroughly impressed by this simple and easy to use Mittleider gardening method and we will begin to transition from our traditional gardening method to this much more effective and simple Mittleider method.
I will be referring to the Mittleider Gardening Course book (MGC) and sharing page numbers. You can get the MGC in digital version or in paperback. If you do get the MGC there is a new revision that was released in 2015. You can get your own, in ether format, from Jim Kennard on his Grow Food website The digital version, which is searchable, is $14.95 and the paperback is $19.95
It was a little muddy digging these potatoes after the 2 1/8″ of rain we recently received but it was time for them to come out. My potatoes have never done extremely well, with few getting large and many of them misshapen. I’ve always contributed it to our soil and have always just accepted it.
Recently I’ve begun paying attention to a guy on YouTube who goes by the handle of LDSPrepper and ultilizes the Mittleider gardening method to grow all of their vegetables. Of particular interest to me are the grow boxes where they utilize a mix of sawdust and sand as the growing medium.
I’m going to attempt my next crop of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots in such a setup next year. My thought is that the sawdust and sand won’t compact like our soil and make it easier for potatoes and carrots to grow large. We will be converting our traditional garden over to the Mittleider system.
The storm that came through last night had heavy rain and some pretty strong winds. We didn’t see massive amounts of tree damage but this poor tree out front took a big hit.