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  • 4 Acres of Sub-soil After Strip Mining - Lost or Lucky?!
    Q. We just moved to 4 acres of very poor soil, that has been exposed after strip mining, and we need to get something growing. Is there any hope? What can we do?? A. Lucky You! I'm really not kidding, and here are three good reasons why. First, it is with good reason that we promise every...
  • Bad Soil - Can The Mittleider Method Help?
    Q. The soil here in my area is not very good for growing, but I have had some success with a lot of work. Can The Mittleider Method help me? A. The quality of your soil will not keep you from having a good garden, if you follow the procedures outlined on the website and in Dr. Mittleider's books...
  • Clay Soil - Draining Wet or Saline Soil
    Many of you have heavy, clay soil in which to grow your gardens, and some have asked how to drain the soil, so it isn't too wet to grow in. Following is a little history of commercial clay soil gardening in the USA and Russia, along with some suggestions.The Imperial valley of California grows...
  • Gardening in the Desert - In Blow-Sand
    Q. We live in Arizona on the Hopi reservation. We have added all kinds of soil treatment to our soil. It is mainly sand, blow sand. The problem is that when we water our crops the sand turns into almost like concrete. We sympathize with our plants as they try to survive in the stuff. What do you...
  • Growing in Sandy Soil on the Beach
    Q. we live in a house backed onto the beach, the garden has sandy soil, is this ideal for growing vegetables? A. If your beach is ocean you may have a problem with salinity! Ocean water, or even occasional spray landing on your garden soil will likely leave salt deposits that make it difficult...
  • Hard-Pan Clay Soil - Usable for Garden?
    Q. We are living in a very bad hard-pan soil area. When I dig a hole and add water, the water will stay for days. Can I have a garden on this ground? A. So long as you have plenty of sunshine and access to water, the soil is no problem! We promise "a great garden in any soil, and in almost...
  • How Can I Grow In My Heavy Clay Soil?
    Q. Our soil is heavy clay! What can we do to have a decent garden - short of replacing it with something better, or adding tons and tons of sand and/or compost? A. If you will do a couple of simple things beyond making raised, level, ridged beds, as described on the website and in all the...
  • Improving Garden Soil - Moving from Aisles to Other Locations
    Q. As I sit here in the frozen north and think about spring - and converting from single rows to grow beds with 3.5' walkways between, I am wondering about the waste of my great soil in these "subject" areas: Is there any reason that I should not remove this good soil and expand my planting area...
  • ow can gardening failure be avoided?
    Simply by restoring the essential plant nutrients in the soil. The minerals from rocks mined from the earth are packaged, inexpensive, and available worldwide for use in your gardens. Their nutrient content is high and accurately determined - almost always far greater than comparably priced...
  • Soil pH - Importance in Influencing Plant Growth
    Q. How important is the soil pH in influencing plant growth (is my soil too alkaline or too acid)? A. The pH is very important, but you can very easily correct any possible problems in this area. If you receive more than 20" of rain per year, put lime in your garden as a part of your Pre-Plant...
  • Soil Testing - Important, Worthwhile or Necessary
    Q. I'm concerned about my alkaline soil. What should I do, so that I can plant and hope to get a good crop? I've been told to get a soil test for starters, is that a good, or important thing to do, of is it a waste of time and money? A. We have nothing against soil testing - as a matter of fact...
  • What type or condition of soil must I have to produce the best results?
    All types of soil will produce the same healthy, high quality, and yield in food crops except land with standing water on it or toxic substances in it.
  • Why are soils infertile everywhere?
    Water-soluble minerals (plant foods) in soils for thousands of years have moved with the soil-water out of the soil into creeks, rivers and oceans. This has greatly reduced the water-soluble minerals available in the soil, and thus soils are less fertile. The floor of every ocean and sea in the...