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  • 4'-Wide Grow-Boxes - How Many Rows of Climbing Plants to Grow
    Q. Since we can grow 4 rows of plants in a 4'-wide Grow-Box, shouldn't we also grow 4 rows of beans, tomatoes, and other climbing plants? That way we could just run each row of plants up a set of strings to one side of the T-Frame. A. You should have only two rows of any of the vining or...
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  • Are Sawdust, Sand, etc. Used in Regular Mittleider Gardens - or Only in Grow-Boxes - and Why?
    Q. I have seen many pictures of both soil boxes and beds. I read wherethe soil in the boxes is basically a soiless mix, but the beds I see look as though they are made with the soil pulled up and ridged. There is no difference that I can see between the beds and the paths in many pictues. The...
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  • Box or Bed - What Width and Why
    Q. Other than being able to figure up the nutrient amounts for Grow-Boxes, is there a reason why they are only 18 inches wide? A. Dr. Mittleider experimented with many different sizes and configurations over the years, and he settled on two widths as being the best. Eighteen inch-wide beds allow...
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  • Boxes or Beds - Does size really matter?
    Boxes or Beds – Changes from 1st book Q. Dr. Mittleider’s first how-to book, Grow-Box Gardens, advocates container, or Grow-Box gardens, and mostly talks about 5’-wide boxes. Recent books show narrower boxes, and teach growing in the soil. Why the changes? A. Jacob was in the wholesale...
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  • Build Grow-Boxes From Old Tires - They Last "Forever" and They're Free
    Group: Joe - bryajh37@bellsouth.net kindly shared with us his experience making Grow-Boxes out of old tires. I believe this has merit, and perhaps some of you who want to use Grow-Boxes will want to save this set of instructions against the time you need it. It's just another way of doing...
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  • Build Grow-Boxes Out of Cement Blocks?
    Q. Do you have any information that would discourage using cement blocks to build the grow boxes? A. Nothing serious. They take up aisle space, cost more than wood, and are more work to install because you need to secure each block - either by mortoring them together or with a Rebar...
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  • Containers on Concrete - Depth of Soil Needed
    Q. I am constructing some 18" wide Grow-Boxes. I have run out of dirt area, but have a slab of concrete on which I'm putting 3 boxes. My question is: If I am going to grow kale,chard, spinach, and greens, how deep does the soil really need to be in the boxes? Will 4 to 5" be enough? Or do I...
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  • Containers – Depth, Width, Materials & Drainage
    Q. I'm building a large Grow-Box 3' high 3' wide 15' long. We receive 10-12" of rain per year; we have mostly clay soil. 1) I'd like to promote better drainage and have a 3" soil augur. Is it better to fill my holes with a gypsum and soil conditioner mix or a gravel and gypsum? 2) I'm hoping to get...
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  • Correct Ratios of Materials for Grow-Boxes (Containers)
    Q. In looking at the mixes for the grow boxes... say the 25% sand and 75% peat moss - is that by volume or by weight? A. Your container mixes should be measured by volume. We recommend sand be between 25% & 50% - ideally in the 30-35% range.
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  • Growing in 4'-Wide Soil-Beds (in the dirt)
    Q. I'm into setting up my fifth section of beds. Each one = 17 soil beds (18" x 30ft). I'm challenged by land sloping both ways (main slope E-W & minor slope N-S = bed length). Anyway (going bit off issue) - I plan to plant mealies (corn) in this section. Got to thinking it may be good idea to...
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  • Growing in Pots - How Much Fertilizer to Use
    Some of you who grow in containers may want to grow in pots of different sizes, and will need to know how much Pre-Plant and Weekly Feed natural mineral nutrients to use.    Starting from the basics:  Dr. Mittleider tells us to mix 1 1/2 ounce (3 tablespoons, or 9 teaspoons) of Pre-Plant into...
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  • 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 any...
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  • Having Trouble Finding Good Soil Products
    Q. since the goal is to use inexpensive materials, and also the right mix of ingredients, I am now at a stopping point. Other than very pricy small bags of peat I cannot find organic media as recommended in the Gardening Library. What should I do? I can get topsoil in bulk, but which is...
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  • Is it Good or Important to Place Weed or other Barrier Materials Under Grow-Boxes?
    Q. I am laying out my new Grow-Boxes. It was said that Grow-Boxes can be built on asphalt. I'm putting them on dirt but I wondered if I could put weed barrier down, to prevent weeds from coming up in the boxes and also in the aisles. Do the plants need more root depth than the 8"-deep box or is...
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  • Lime in Bottom of Container
    Q After we spread the lime over the bottom of our container garden or Grow-Box do we avoid it when mixing all the other soil and fertilizer mixes? And what does the lime do at the bottom anyway? A You do not avoid or worry about moving the lime as you place the custom soil in your container or...
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  • Materials To Use - Wood, Cinder Block, or Cement
    Q. I do container gardening. Cement blocks would match my landscaping plan better than wood. However, I'm guessing they would be difficult to keep straight over time. Is that why we are advised to use wood? I've also heard that cement blocks have some chemicals or minerals that leach out of...
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  • Materials to use for Grow-Boxes - Or Why Not Grow Right In The Dirt??
    Q. We are starting a container, or Grow-Box project at an orphanage in northern Mexico. We are having a hard time finding saw dust or peat moss. There is soil conditioner available at a nursery for $3 a cubic ft. Is this a feasable alternative to mix with the sand? Thanks. Dr. Don A. May I...
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  • Micro-Nutrients Sold By the Foundation - How Much Weekly Feed Will it Make?
    Q. If I grow in 4 ' X 4' raised beds, each micro elements pouch - mixed in recommended ratio to make the Weekly Feed formula - will be enough for how many feedings of a 4' x 4' square raised bed? A. Each Micro-Nutrient package contains two packets of 8+ ounces, which when mixed with NPK and...
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  • Mixing Fertilizer In Small Batches
    Many people only have small containers in which they are trying to grow vegetables, and they only need small amounts of Pre-Plant and Weekly Feed Mixes. Here's how to mix Weekly Feed using one tenth of a 10 ounce Micro-Nutrient packet: Mix 2.5 pounds of 16-16-16 or similar NPK mix with 6 ounces...
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  • My carrots taste bitter, what's wrong?
    Q. My carrots taste bitter, what's wrong? I am watering for 20 to 30 minutes using a drip system 3 times per week. I use the Mittleider organic method of growing. Your problem is a lack of water. You need to water daily until you see water coming out the bottom of the box. I've never seen a...
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