With a Mittleider garden and a little planning it doesn’t matter if your rows run north and south or east and west. It’s more important to lay out your rows so they run with the contour of your land. In a Mittleider garden your rows need to be level. By orienting your rows with the contour of your property it will end up being less work for you to get the beds level.
During our time with the Mittleider in garden green house I’ve changed a few things about it and added my own personalized touches to it. I’ve outlined these things in this little video we shot today.
We built the in garden green house from the instructions provided in the Mittleider Gardening Course book. We don’t provide a supplemental heat source to it, but are able to increase our growing season by about 6 weeks. It allows us to start planting hardy plants 3-4 weeks before our average last frost of the year. After the first frost of the year it also allows us to continue growing and protecting our vegetables by simply closing it up and protecting the plants from the cold. On a sunny day we can easily see temperatures inside the in garden green house rise 30 degrees above the outside temperatures.
I followed a video I found on YouTube of Starry Hilder canning beans with a no soak method. (I will include the video below.). In pint jars we added a heaping half cup of beans and added hot water before placing in the canner. As you can see in the picture they expanded quite a bit once cooked in the pressure canner. We wil make up labels and get them into the pantry. It was super simple and we will do more beans of a different variety soon.
Here is Starrys video on canning beans with a no soak method.
Today We made it out into the garden to harvest kale. It was a muddy mess but we’ve got a mess a fresh kale ready to start putting in the freezer. The 3 inches of rain we received in 24 hours made a muddy mess but didn’t damage the crops in the raised Mittlieder beds.
In the span of 9 days we’ve captured 3 free swarms of honey bees in swarm traps. Today we moved this last swarm out of the trap and into the hive we had setup for them. This particular trap holds 4 deep frames, of which two are fully drawn comb.
My brother had two honey bee swarm trap out on his property and both of them had bees in them this week when he checked them. He covered the entrance holes to the swarm traps last night with screen and brought them to my house today. We are excited to have the amazing little pollinators here at the house. Here are a few pictures.