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Does it matter what direction your rows run

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.  

Growing tomatoes vertically in a Mittleider gardenĀ 

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

  
 

The first tomato for the year

Soph went out this morning and took this picture of our first tomato to begin turning red.  It is an heirloom variety, Mr Stripey, and is our first year growing it.   It should be ready for picking in a couple more days.  If we like it then we will save some seeds for next year.   

We have three different heirloom varaties that we are growing this year, two of them are new to us.  In addition to the Mr Stripey I’m once again growing the purple Cherokee that I enjoy.   Our other new variety is a yellow pear cherry.  I enjoy the bite size tomatoes but Soph is crazy about them.  
 

Electric fence to protect the garden from rabbits

Our poor garden is being destroyed by rabbits.  Instead of building a permanent fence around it I’ve elected to try an electric one to deter the little buggers.  I don’t mind sharing but they’ve eaten ALL the green beans

Initially the electric fence will be about 2 1/2 feet tall. If I find they’re smart enough to start going over the top it will be easy to add insulators and additional wire to make it taller.  If I can keep it at this height We will be able to easily step over the fence and not have to bother with turning it off to gain access to the garden

The fence charger needed to be mounted some where that it can be protected from the elements.  Instead of mounting it under the beck porch and running the wire out to the garden I elected to mount it inside a plastic Cabelas ammo container I’ve had sitting around.  My thought process was this would allow me to place the charger right at the fence while cutting down on wire for myself and the family from running into accidentally.  Mounting it inside the ammo can will also provide an easy way to store and transport it.

The wire itself is five rows high.  To prevent it from shorting out on the grass it received some attention from the weed eater to trim all the grass and the application of Round Up to prevent the grass from growing.