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  • Q. I read somewhere that the Mittleider fertilizers can be applied in the water. Is this correct? And if so, how much is needed? I have 30 and 55 gallon drums, and 50 liter plastic barrels. However, it seems to be a lot of work to feed and water this way, what's best? Also the enclosed sheet...
    0.00 - 03/16/2004
  • Q. In the photos of the Utah Hogle Zoo garden the tomatoes are planted 9" apart in a single row on one side of an 18" bed, allowing for 41 plants in a 30' row: The Garden Wizard and Garden Master CD's recommend 14" spacing, so the novice will have an easier time with pruning. Other than increased...
    0.00 - 01/17/2005
  • Q. The saying goes "a pint is a pound the world around." It is pretty close for water or anything with a specific gravity of 1. The mittlieder literature gives a 16 oz vegetable can as a usable pint measure, and those are common and generally diverted from trash (free), but how accurate is it for...
    0.00 - 03/09/2005
  • Q. If you make your own soil from sand and sawdust, you lay down the pre-plant then mix in the pre-plant according to the formula and continue with the weekly feed plus supplementals of ammonium nitrate etc as required. What if you have the best bottom land in the world - sandy loam 3 feet deep -...
    0.00 - 03/29/2005
  • Q. Could you tell me a few of the different materials that I can mix together for seedling trays and Grow-Box mixes, in the order of your preference? I'd especially like to know the recommended percentages of each. A. 1) Soil-less "soil" mix percentages are figured by volume, and sand should...
    0.00 - 04/09/2005
  • Q. What kind of twine do you recommend for tying tomato plants to the T-Frames, and what type of knots should I use? A. Use heavy baling twine. You can get it at farm supply stores. Tie a slip knot at the top, on the wire or pipe. And I do not like to tie the string to the plant stems. If...
    0.00 - 04/20/2005
  • Q. The question is often asked about the frequency of fertilizing vegetable plants. One chart says my summer squash is to be fed 5 times in the growing season. But what about those who grow it from February through November? Do I need to keep fertilizing for a longer period of time? A. ...
    0.00 - 05/09/2005
  • Q. I'm getting our well water tested. It has a rusty color and smell. If I have rusty water, or excess sulfur, or something like that, can this be dangerous to send into the garden soil? Is there such a thing as water you do not want to put on your plants? A. It is very common for well water...
    0.00 - 05/11/2005
  • Q. My broccoli and carroits plants seem to be goning no where. They sprout and grow a couple of centimeters then fall over and wilt. I have tried to tie them up and this seems to do no good, I have started all my plants in doors in giffy trays. Please help me save my broccoli. A. I'd like to...
    0.00 - 05/31/2005
  • Q. I planted my eggplant about six to eight months ago, a very small plant. It has since grown large, about 31/2 feet tall and flowers. Flowers bloom beautifully but continue to fall off. I have noticed as the plant matures the blooms have small thorny "things" on them. I still get no fruit,...
    0.00 - 06/13/2005
  • Q. I just moved to a new house and have a nice large area for a vegetable garden (the only area with full sun) but,it happens to be down hill from my septic drain field. It is 200 feet or more away is that a far enough distance to be free of contaminates or what is a good distance. A. I can't...
    0.00 - 03/17/2006
  • Q. Why are my mature cukes hollow? A. This is most likely a result of deficiency, unless they have been eaten out by bugs or small critters. Read how to solve the problems in the Mittleider Gardening Library CD, available at the website Store - www.growfood.com/store
    0.00 - 08/16/2006
  • Q. Are praying mantis' and ladybugs recommended for use in my garden? A. We encourage beneficial insects in your garden, but we never count on them to handle pests on their own. Three cultural practices that are integral parts of the Mittleider Method free us from dependence on pesticides and...
    0.00 - 09/15/2006
  • Q. (Not really a question, but rather a statement that calls for additional information). EACH TIME I READ YOUR RESPONSES IT ALL BECOMES MORE CLEAR TO ME. . . I CONSIDER MYSELF A FAIRLY KNOWLEDGEABLE plantwoman, & I still am on the fence, just ready to jump into the Mittleider side of doing...
    0.00 - 10/18/2006
  • Q. I'm new to the Mittleider Method, and just started reading the books, so please forgive my ignorance. I'm all for organic gardening. Most organic gardeners have no problem with adding lime to their soil. Some authors recommend other "rock powders". That's all a mineral is. It's hard to...
    0.00 - 10/18/2006
  • Q. I would like to inquire on several things regarding the Weekly Feed Fertilizer. Below is the list of available ingredients that I have. My questions are: 1. Are the amounts correct? 2. I can't find Iron Chelate #330. Is it alright to use Ferrous Sulfate? 3. I can't find Copper...
    0.00 - 11/19/2006
  • Q. How do you know if your tomatoes have blight? The leaves on mine are curling up and one of the plants have wilted bad and are turning yellow. They have had plenty of water so I know thats not it. I have 23 plants and they are loaded down. I was so happy with my garden this year, please what...
    0.00 - 07/14/2007
  • Q. My strawberries although plentiful have become smaller is there a pruning method to help grow bigger berries? A. Many plants, given the opportunity, will spend much of their energy producing new leaves, stems, runners, etc. Strawberries are an example of this, as once they are established...
    0.00 - 07/27/2007
  • Q. I have a healthy plant of tomatos. I have to pick the tomato right as it is turning red, because if I don't the minute it hits red it starts to rot from the bottom up. Why is this? A. Is the black or brown spot hard, or is it soft and mushy? If it's soft and mushy you should throw the...
    0.00 - 08/11/2007
  • Q. We heard we can grow seedlings in sunken beds with horse manure. Is that a good idea? Others say horse manure will burn the plants. Who's right? A.We don't recommend sunken beds, nor do we use much horse manure, but we will sometimes build a hot-bed using horse manure for raising seedling...
    0.00 - 01/04/2008
  • Q. Our garden has slugs! This past growing season was the first garden IN the ground at our new house and about the time the tomatoes started getting blossoms the slugs started feasting! I tried many methods to get rid of them - cornmeal in a jar, egg shells, sand around the plants, soapy water...
    0.00 - 01/01/2009
  • Q. I planted Vidalia onions, they have been growing for 3 mos. In zone 5, they are so hot you cannot cut into them, they are really hot.??? thanks A. The Vidalia onion is famous for its great flavor, so something is definitely wrong with yours. Lack of consistent water often has the effect of...
    0.00 - 07/18/2010
  • Asbestos-Containing Vermiculite May Pose a Cancer Risk
    Soil Conditioners Could Pose Asbestos Hazard When we hear the word “asbestos” we often think back on the controversy of the late 1970’s when it became common knowledge that asbestos was indeed a human health hazard. Asbestos however, is still a relevant hazard today in a number of different...
    4.00 - 02/05/2009
  • Best Direction for Rows - Best Location for Plants
    Q. Is it best for garden rows to run North & South or East & West. Taller crops on which side? A. The direction of your rows is not important. What IS important is where you put tall plants! Taller plants should be placed to the North - or East - of shorter plants. Otherwise the shade created...
    4.00 - 04/20/2010
  • Choosing What to Plant
    Q. It is time for the annual sale of this year's seeds in the US. Could you give some ideas on what would be good to buy for planting next year? I would like high nutritional value if possible. What would you suggest? My goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible. A. The first rule is to...
    3.43 - 12/09/2006
  • Controlling Voles & Field Mice
    Q. My garden is located in the middle of an apple orchard, which also seems to be home to mice and voles. Last year we had a huge tomato crop from 300 plants in Mittleider beds , but we lost a lot of the fruit to mice. They're like kids, taking just one bite out of each big Brandywine, making it...
    3.78 - 08/31/2006
  • Create Your Own "Mini-Website"! It's Free and Easy To Do!
    YOU can have your own mini-website, called a Lens, and share your interests and expertise with the world. IT's FREE! And it's simple to do. A major player on the internet has created Squidoo, and they invite you and me to create mini-websites, called Lenses, to share our interests and expertise...
    4.00 - 11/08/2006
  • Free Greenhouse Plans
    I've owned commercial-built greenhouses, and I have built and owned some from scratch. I believe the one I have now is about the best you can get for the money - for several reasons. It is the Mittleider Greenhouse, and it's in appendix D of the Mittleider Gardening Course, available at...
    3.29 - 12/09/2006
  • Greenhouse Kits? Tillers? Fertilizer Availability? Learn to Grow?
    Q. 1. What is your view of the less expensive greenhouses that can be purchased as kits? i.e. "Hoop Houses" and the like. Are these valuable tools for vegetable gardeners? Could you recommend using them to raise vegetables through their complete cycle... from seeding to harvesting? ( as opposed to...
    3.43 - 12/09/2006
  • Help Us Share the Knowledge of Vegetable Gardening with Others!
    Dear Friend: Thanks for taking the time to read these articles. I sincerely hope they are helpful to you and those you love. My whole desire in running the Foundation is to teach families around the world to grow their own healthy food. This mission consumes all of my days and most of my...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006
  • How Can I Get All The Minerals I Need In My Diet?
    Q. You have convinced me - as well as anyone else who has gardened using the Mittleider Method - of the importance of minerals for optimum plant health and productivity. The Mittleider formula works so well because it provides the plants with the building blocks of what they are made of. I am more...
    3.60 - 12/09/2006
  • How Not to Repeat Last Year's Bad Gardening Experience
    Q. First of all I mixed up my lids (on the storage containers) and think I remember that the Pre-Plant is the brown and the Weekly Feed is white... Correct? My beds are about 8 foot 8 inches long and about 4 foot 8 inches wide. I need to figure out how much preplant and weekly feed to put in...
    0.00 - 12/09/2006
  • Know When Where, and How to Grow Every Vegetable in Your Garden
    Q. I'm making a bed for pepper. When do I plant, and how close together do you grow pepper plants? I tried to find the answer in the Mittleider Gardening Library CD but found nothing about that. A. That's because the best place to find this kind of information is in either the Garden Wizard or...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006
  • Mittleider Magic Advice & Tips
    Welcome to Mittleider Gardening Magic advice and tips! I’m excited to be sharing the wisdom of “the world’s greatest vegetable gardener.” I've been a Mittleider gardener ever since the mid 70’s when Jacob Mittleider moved about a mile from my home, and I became his student – patterning...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006
  • Organic or Chemical - Maybe we're Organic!!
    Great News for Organic Enthusiasts!(And everyone else who’s concerned about growing healthy food) We all want to be healthy! And to do this, we need to eat healthy produce from our gardens. Some folks believe growing organically is the only way to accomplish this - but just what does it mean to...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006
  • Organic or Chemical Feeding of Plants
    A fundamental question in vegetable gardening is - what is the proper use of organic and/or chemical materials? Let’s determine the truth of the matter, with four basic principles and a few brief examples from Dr. Jacob R. Mittleider’s worldwide experience. I. First, let's consider what plants...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006
  • The Zoo-Doo Man
    For 17 years I have owned a 3/4 acre parcel adjacent to Utah's Hogle Zoo, where I have grown a vegetable garden using The Mittleider Method as taught in many of the developing countries around the world by Jacob R. Mittleider. During that time I've been privileged to help him on a few projects, and...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006
  • Time for Planting - Seeds and Seedlings
    Q. I live in the southern tier of New York. When do I plant the seeds? A. It depends on two things: 1) the type of plant you are planting, and 2) the frost dates where you live. Plant Types - There are four types of plants insofar as planting times go: 1) Hardy (Brassica's, radish, etc.) -...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006
  • What Size Garden Will Feed 20 People?
    Q. Given a southern Indiana location, how many square feet of garden would I need to feed ten adults and nine children? A. The answer depends on what you want to feed them, whether you expect to feed them during the growing season, or during the entire year, and on what things your people like to...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006
  • You Can Teach the Mittleider Method ! Give Seminars Using The Foundation's Materials.
    The Tremendous body of knowledge that is the Mittleider Method needs to be spread to every family who is a candidate for growing a vegetable garden! Do you agree? Or do you have too little experience to decide just yet. If you're in that category I recommend you read this anyway, and consider...
    4.00 - 12/09/2006