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.
The Mrs and I have the same generation (gen 4) and model Glocks. When we bought them they both came with the standard sights that don’t offer any illumination in low light conditions.
We had a sight pushing tool already so just bought new night sights. It’s an expensive tool now but cheaper ones can be bought for around $50. If I were to start over and didn’t have the tool I’d likely save money and just have a gun smith provide and install the new sights for a fee.
If you have one or can borrow one from a buddy it’s a simple process to push on a rear sight. The front sight does require a special tool to remove that can be bought for less than $10. It too is an easy job to replace and there are tons of YouTube videos that show you how.
Here is the rear sight removed and ready to install the new one.
Our average last day of frost has passed for the spring and we are full on in garden mode. Today we pruned up a mess of the tomatoes we started from seeds and have begun transplanting them into the garden. The next week is going to be busy for us
They get pruned fairly heavily before transplanting, here are some pictures before and after pruning. When transplanting they go as deep as possible, each of those root hairs on the stem will become a new root to feed the plant and fruit.
All these were started in sand and sawdust and will be grown in the same custom soil mix. We will be putting more tomatoes in our native soil later.
Here is another plant before and after pruning. Look at that root system in the last picture.
Today we noticed a phosphorus deficiency in some of our seedlings. A phosphate deficiency manifests itself in a tomato with the underside of the leaf being a purple color and the top side of the leaf being the normal green. Here is an example.
The underside of each leaf in these seedlings were all showing the same symptoms
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.
We had a bad mess of wind that blew through and did a little damage to the roof on our old barn. It didn’t rip the roofing off entirely but did pull most of the nails out of it. A ladder, impact driver and metal roofing screws had those two pieces re-secured. Many others had nails nearly pulled free.
And here is the roof after a half pound of roofing screws had been driven into place. The screws should hold up to the wind better than the roofing nails.
This old table was originally built with a sheet of plywood and an old pallet I had lying around. The plywood wasn’t treated so it’s getting pretty rough and in need of repair. These treated deck boards should last for years and give a lot more life to this old seedling table. This table is able to hold 4 of those Mittleider seedling flats that I use.
We use sawdust in our Mittleider garden for our grow boxes and in our seedling trays. Each year we top off the grow boxes before the growing season begins. Today we made the trip over to a nearby town where a sawmill allows us to shovel our own sawdust for free. They make pallets and are largely cutting inexpensive cottonwood trees for the lumber. Any tree expect the black walnut provides a usable sawdust for a Mittleider grow box or seedling tray
The sawdust is mixed with sand for both the grow boxes and the seedling trays. For the grow boxes it is mixed at 3 parts sawdust and 1 part sand. For the seedling trays it is 2 parts sawdust to one of the sand. Both are mixed by volume. I’ll try and take some pictures that show the size of the particles. Too large and too fine are both bad.
No idea how much wood they cut in a week, but this sawdust pile is massive, the picture truly doesn’t do it justice.