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The changes we made to our in garden green house

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. 

Building Mittleider grow beds

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. 
   

  

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

  
 

Digging potatoes today and begining a Mittleider garden

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.