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Kratky Method of Hydroponics

What is the Kratky Method of Hydroponics?

The Kratky Method of Hydroponics is a way to grow food without the use of water or air pumps. This method allows the grower to be completely off the grid and grow healthy nutritious edibles in areas where electricity is unavailable or even non-existent.

Before I dig into what makes the Kratky method work, let me give a very basic explanation of hydroponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using water to deliver the necessary nutrients and minerals for plant growth. Most of these systems rely on air pumps to transport the water and nutrients from a reservoir to the plants.

Flood and Drain vs Deepwater Culture

There are two primary methods of growing hydroponically: Flood and Drain (also called Ebb and Flow) and deep water culture. There are of course variation in these two methods, but all of them rely on either an air pump or a water pump and many rely on both.

The Flood and Drain method requires a pump to lift water into the grow bed where it temporarily immerses the plant’s roots in the nutrient rich water. Once the grow bed is full it triggers a drain and the nutrient solution returns to the reservoir.  This flooding and draining occur at regular intervals to ensure that the roots are never completely dry nor submerged long enough to cause the plant to drown.

Basic Flood and Drain Hydroponic Setup is different from the Kratky Method
Basic Flood and Drain Hydroponic Setup

Deepwater culture, on the other hand, uses a floating raft system which suspends the plants above a reservoir tank filled with nutrient solution. The roots are submerged continuously, but oxygen is pumped into the solution at a sufficient rate to keep the plants healthy.

 

Deepwater Culture Setup is different from the Kratky Method
Deepwater Culture Setup

Both of these systems rely upon heavily electrical power to keep the plants alive. A loss of electrical power with either of these systems could potentially result in disaster for the plants. The Flood and Drain system would die as the roots dry out and the plants starve to death. The Deepwater culture plants would suffocate.

The Kratky Method Solves This Problem

If you want to grow vegetables without relying on electricity for water or air pumps, the Kratky method might be just what you’re looking for.  As you might have guessed the method is named after the man who developed it – B.A. Kratky. I downloaded and read a paper he wrote titled “A Suspended Net-Pot, Non-Circulating Hydroponic Method for Commercial Production of Leafy, Romaine, and Semi-Head Lettuce.”  You can get that here.

My Kratky Experiment

After reading about his work, I had to try it. In a nutshell, the method requires a container that can hold enough nutrient to sustain the plant for its production life. For a determinant tomato plant that would be about 45 gallons. For a head of lettuce, it would be one gallon.  I had several lettuce plants already started in a seed tray and I only had room for 8 of them in the garden. I took the least healthy one and transplanted it into the top of a gallon milk jug. The milk jug was filled with a mixture of 20-20-20 fertilizer and micronutrients. It was not the optimal blend for this method, but it was what I had on hand.

Kratky Method Lettuce

This is a picture of the head of lettuce a couple of weeks after I transplanted it. The milk jug is wrapped with a FedEx shipping bag. This is used to block sunlight from the nutrient solution and the roots.

 

Kratky says a head of lettuce will consume approximately one gallon of nutrient solution in 5 weeks and be at maturity at that point. I left this jug unattended for the entire period. At the end of 5 weeks, I removed the lettuce from the jug.

While it is not the largest head of lettuce, it is quite impressive. The roots are almost pure white and as you can see, well developed.

Kratky Method Lettuce Head
Head of Lettuce Grown using Kratky Method of Hydroponics

The milk jug only had a couple of tablespoons of nutrient solution left in it. So, the timing was spot on as well.

Try It Yourself!

What an amazing discovery.  For the next phase of experimentation, I will use the recommended nutrient solution and plant a full flat of lettuce. I will plant this just before I leave for summer vacation and hope to return to a bountiful harvest.  That post will come along around the middle of July. In the meantime, if you are interested in trying this method yourself I recommend reading the article above and also take a look at this instructable

Planning a Garden part 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about planning a garden. This is the second part of that series. If you haven’t seen that post, take a look here. I also wrote a post last year about things to consider as you plan your garden. You can see that here.

Planning a Garden Week Two

I built the raised beds and filled them with soil. Earlier this week, I got my seedlings started. There is a post about starting seeds last year so I won’t repeat myself here. You can read that post here.

The bed building project isn’t 100% complete yet. I still need to finish the cross bars for vertical support. The plants won’t be going in the garden until Mid-April though so there is plenty of time to get to that.

Before then I will need to build the watering system. There is an article I wrote about that the system I use and how to make it here.

Planning a Garden
Raised Beds

The two long beds are situated East West. The one in the back, on the North side, will contain the vertical growing plants.  In this bed will be the San Marzano tomatoes, the beef steak tomatoes, cucumber, and a summer squash (Calabacita). I have not grown this plant before, but love the squash it will produce. Unlike regular zucchini, this plant can be grown vertically.

In the Southern row, I will plant bush beans, eggplant, zucchini, and crookneck squash. In the square bed, I’ll plant my sweet potatoes.

These beds get full sun most of the day. The above photo was taken around 4:00 in the afternoon and you can see a shadow working its way across the beds. This won’t be a problem with the summer sun.   I expect to harvest about 400 pounds from this garden. It cost $120 in materials and three hours of my time to build it.

Start Planning a Garden for 2017

Now is a good time to start planning a Garden for 2017. I’ve written about planning a garden before, click here to read that article. This year, I will journal the creation of a new garden from scratch. I recently bought a house in New Mexico and am starting a new backyard garden this year.

In comparison to my main garden, this one will be smaller and a lot easier to get started. It may also be something you could copy in your own yard.

The First Task in Planning a Garden

The first task in planning a garden is deciding what you want to grow. The second task is to find a good location. According to the Mittleider Gardening Method, the ideal location should:
•Be a sunny location, one that gets full sunlight from at least mid-morning throughout the afternoon.
•Stay away from low spots where drainage is poor. Plant side for lack of oxygen where standing water accumulates.
•Avoid large trees and tall hedges, unless they are north of the grow-bed area. Crops growing in shade or shadows do poorly.
•Make sure water is available close by

Here is a picture of the area that I will place the garden. Both of these areas have a southern exposure most of the day, good drainage and are near a water faucet.

Garden Spot 1

There will be three beds in the first area. Two will be 10 feet long and 18 inches wide oriented left to right. The first one will be 5 feet from the fence and will be for vertical growing – three varieties of tomatoes and pickle size cucumber. The next bed will be 3.5 feet from the first and will grow bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash. The third bed will be a 4×4 square for sweet potatoes.

In this second area, next to the fence, I will grow my winter squash – butternut, spaghetti, and acorn.

Garden Spot 2

There are a couple of other areas in the yard conducive to good growing. If I develop them, I’ll do some before during and after pictures of those areas as well.

What’s Next?

In late February I will start the seeds 🙂 After that, I will build the grow boxes and the watering system. In the meantime, if you have any questions about planning your garden, drop me line and I’ll help you out. Better yet pick up a copy of the Mittleider Gardening Course and get started on the road to growing your own delicious vegetables.

You will also want to visit the article I wrote about starting seeds indoors. You can get that article here.

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Summer Harvest

Summer Harvest

is just around the corner

This summer harvest is going to be a bountiful one for sure!We’ve already harvested several pounds of cucumber, yellow squash, green beans, and eggplant and now the tomatoes are just a few days away from ripe.

Tomatoes

Just look at these tomatoes! The picture on the left is some of the Big Beef variety and the one on the right is a Roma variety. The Big Beef are fantastic for slicing and eating fresh. This variety of Roma’s has thick meaty walls that make them amazing for making tomato sauces. Looks like we’ll be canning quite a lot this summer.

I have two varieties of Cherry tomato too. The golden yellow ones are very sweet and are wonderful just to munch on right off the vine. the more traditional red ones are great on salads. I also like to cook them whole when I make spaghetti.

Armenian Cucumbers

 

Summer Harvest
Armenian-Cucumber

These Armenian Cucumbers are super delicious fresh or pickled. We’re picking them daily now and when miss one they seem to grow five or six inches overnight.

We also have ten vines of traditional pickling cucumbers and have already made more than 20 jars of cucumbers and relishes.

Here’s what we’ll be picking over the next few weeks:

Bell Peppers

Summer Harvest
Bell Peppers

These bell peppers are doing pretty well. we have 20 plants and each one has three or four fruit growing on it. Not only do Bell peppers taste great, but they also have twice the vitamin C of an orange and are a great way to boost your immune system,  Another great thing about bell peppers is they lower inflammation. They’re even better when they come from your back yard ( and don’t cost $2 each like the ones in the grocery store).

Jalapenos

Summer Harvest
Jalapeno

In addition to bell peppers, we’re also growing jalapenos. My mouth waters when I see these Jalapenos. I love them in the relish, sauteed with my morning eggs, or cooked up in chili. But my most favorite way to eat them is stuffed with cream cheese and sausage and wrapped a thick slice of bacon.

Summer Harvest
Jalapeno Poppers

This link will take you to a video showing you how to make these awesome treats. Click here. These bad boys represent all the food groups with dairy, meat, and vegetables all in one delicious bite.

 

Spring Garden 2016

Our Spring Garden

I love the Spring garden. One of the nicest things about gardening with the Mittleider method is consistency.  Year after year we enjoy an abundance of fresh vegetables from a relatively small space. Last year we harvested more than 1,100 pounds from this garden. I suspect this year we will get even more.

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Most of these plants were started in mid-February. You can read about starting seeds indoors here. They were transplanted into the garden the last week of March. Some, the green beans, for example, were started from seed in the garden the last week of March.

Spring Garden

 

We’ve already harvested some yellow squash and the tomato plants are covered in blooms and tiny tomatoes. The cucumbers are also covered in blooms as are the bell peppers. I have one more section to plant and that will get pole beans. This year I will plant the yellow variety.

This year we planted eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, cherry tomatoes, big beef tomatoes, Cucumber, sweet potatoes, and watermelon.  We’re looking forward to a bountiful harvest. If you are interested in getting some of our veggies this year, send me an email using the contact tab at the top of this page. I’ll tell you how we’re operating our CSA this year.

Spring Garden

It’s not too late to start your own garden. If you want to see how easy it is to set up a Mittleider garden, take a look at some of my other posts. You could have a Spring Garden in and growing in about a half a day. In fact, I helped a friend put his in yesterday. We planted Jalapeno and Tomatoes in his garden…I think he likes Salsa 🙂

5 to 10 Times the Food Five to Ten Times the Food Is it really possible to grow five to ten times from the same space? Well, that is exactly what we’re doing this year at the Ten Mile Farm. Compared to last year’s garden, this year’s is going to produce much more food. We harvested plenty of …

 

How to Start Seeds Indoors

How to Start Seeds Indoors

You can really get ahead when you start seeds indoors. You will realize several benefits when you start seeds indoors rather than buy seedlings or sew directly into your garden. One of those benefits is healthier, stronger, more vibrant plants. You will also have a garden that yields produce much earlier. I find it very rewarding to start seeds indoors and watch them develop into transplants and finally mature plants yielding produce. Here’s how you can successfully start seeds indoors.

What You Will Need:

Seeds – Soil – Fertilizer – Moisture – Heat mat – Sunlight

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Mittleider seedlings
Start Seeds
Germination

 

Seeds

First off, you will need to get your hands on good quality seeds. There are three major decisions you need to make. What do you want to plant, do you want heirloom or hybrid seeds, and do you care if you get organic seed stock.

I recommend you choose plants that will yield vegetables that you and your family like to each. Don’t plant broccoli if you don’t like it. Simple enough right. Make a list of the vegetables that you like and then plan your garden around growing those plants. For a quick reference to how much room you will need for each plant, see my article How to Plan Your Spring Garden.

Heirloom or Hybrid is another decision you will need to make when you start seeds indoors. Heirloom seeds come from heirloom plants. What this means, in a nutshell, is that you can save the seeds from the produce for when you start seeds indoors next year. The seeds of an heirloom tomato, for example, will develop into a similar tomato plant that will bear similar fruit. This is important if you plan on saving seeds for future gardens.

Hybrid seeds, on the other hand, come from plants that are combined to provide specific characteristics. Perhaps they are more resistant to disease or drought, perhaps it is the color of the fruit they yield. Hybrid plants are developed to provide characteristics that consumers find beneficial. The problem with hybrids is that their seeds will not reproduce the plant they came from. That’s not to say that a hybrid tomato plant seeds will produce watermelon, rather it may not produce fruit at all. If it does produce fruit, it most likely will not be the same as the fruit it came from. It is more likely to take on the characteristics of one of its contributors.

Soil

There are so many options out there for starting seeds. In fact, it is a large business selling seed trays and special soil mixes, coconut fiber, rock wool, peat pellets, and on and on. The fact of the matter is, it is very easy to make your own seed starting box and all you need to fill it with is sand and sawdust. If you can’t find sawdust, rice hulls or even Perlite work. I recommend you keep it simple. I wrote an article about that expensive “organic” potting soil people buy. You really should read that. You’ll never buy it again. Read that article here.

Mix your sand and sawdust one part sand to two parts sawdust. It’s helpful to keep in mind the five functions of the growing medium. Soil has five functions when it comes to plants: anchorage and protection for the roots, it holds air and water for plant use, holds minerals the plant needs to thrive, regulates temperature, and provides drainage of excess moisture. A mixture of sand and sawdust is more than adequate to meet these five functions.

Fertilizer

Seeds have all the nutrition within them to get them started. The fertilizer that you will add to the sand and sawdust is not meant to help get the seeds started. This is the nutrition the seedlings will need to get them to the next stage of growth and ready for transplanting into your garden. There are two formulas that the Mittleider Gardening Method recommends. The first one is referred to as Pre-Plant. As the name suggests, it is added to the soil prior to planting or transplanting. The second formula is called Weekly Feed and it is applied weekly during the productive cycle of the plant.

These formulas have been tested and tried around the world for the past 50 years and are proven to give you better results than any other combination of nutrients. There are 16 essential plant nutrients and these two formulas provide the right combinations of each to ensure healthy vibrant plant growth and an abundance of produce. You can download the formulas for these two fertilizer mixes here.

Moisture

Seeds need to be kept moist during the germination period. However, there is no need to soak seeds prior to planting. Make sure your sand and sawdust mixture is moist by mixing water with it until it is damp to the touch. Once you have planted your seeds, cover the soil with a damp burlap cloth. The cloth serves two purposes. First, it helps retain moisture in the soil. Secondly, it allows you to apply more water without disturbing the seeds.

Heat Mat

With seedlings, it is also important to keep them warm. that is why I recommend a Hydrofarm MT10006 9-by-19-1/2-Inch Seedling Heat Mat. If you live in a warm climate, this may not be necessary. However, for most places a heat mat will help keep the soil at a constant temperature and encourage germination. I use the heat mat. I purchased from Amazon. You can get these locally as well. Make sure you also get the Jump Start MTPRTC, Digital ETL-Certified Heat Mat Thermostat for Seed Germination. This allows you to set the temperature you want and it will maintain it.

Sun Light

If you have a South facing window place your seed tray where it will benefit from the natural sunlight. If you don’t have space for that, you will want to get some grow lights. Get a light fixture that will provide enough light for your grow box(s). These can be rather expensive to buy off the shelf, but they are easy to make and much less expensive if you have the skills to make your own. You can get a basic two-bulb hanging fixture locally for about $40. Make sure you use “daylight” bulbs. They should have full spectrum light and around 6500 lums. Here’s a YouTube video showing you how to make a very effective stand for less than $20.

If you’d like to get really good at this, I highly recommend you read some more about Mittleider Gardening. Here’s another post I wrote about the method and my experience with it.

How to Plan Your Spring Garden

So You Want A Spring Garden

It’s never too early to start planning. There are probably as many ways to plan a garden as there are to prepare the vegetables that you grow in it, this article is not “The” way to do it, however, it is a way that I have found to take advantage of the space I have and grow and abundance of the vegetables that my family and I enjoy.

Basic Considerations

What do you like to eat? How many people are you going to feed? How much room do you have for your garden? What is the Climate where you live? The first three questions will help you determine what you are going to plant. The last question will help you determine when you are going to start your seeds.

This garden plan assumes that you will be growing vertically using the Mittleider Gardening Method. I recommend the Mittleider gardening method for many reasons. I have found that this method allows me to get the greatest amount of food from the least amount of space. If you want to learn more, you can read about that here.

Getting Started

What do you like to eat and how many plants do you need?

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How Many Plants Do I Need?

 

Take a minute to look at this list of vegetables to answer the first two questions: what do you like to eat and how many people are you feeding. Write down the number of each plant that you will need to feed your crowd.

How big does your garden need to be?

The next step is to see how much room your wish list will require. You can use this chart to help with that.  Click here to download the chart. This chart assumes you are growing vertically, using the Mittleider Gardening Method. If you are planting a traditional style garden you’ll need to use the spacing recommended on your seed packet. For my garden, I use three rows that are each 30 feet long. Last summer this space provided me with more than 1,000 lbs of vegetables during the summer season. With a greenhouse, you could potentially grow year-round.

Lay out the garden on paper

Now that you know what you want to grow and how many plants you need, it’s time to put the design on paper. I like to use excel for this, but you could use pencil and paper just as easily. Click here to see my current garden plan. There are some important considerations as you design your garden: light, drainage, and wind.

Make you sure you have a location that will allow your plants to get the sunlight they need. Organize your plan so taller growing plants don’t cast a shadow on shorter plants. It really doesn’t matter if your orient North South or East West as long as your plant placement follows these guidelines.

 

Picture of my garden
Garden Plan

As you can see, my garden is oriented North – South. I did this because that was the space I had available for the 30-foot rows. I have my taller plants on the North and East areas of the garden so they don’t shadow the short plants in the afternoon.

Prepare the area

If you are following the Mittleider Gardening Method you will need to follow the steps outlined in the course to prepare your garden. The first year you do this it will require more work than a traditional garden would require.

Whatever method you are using, backwards plan from your last day of frost. Your garden will need to be prepared for seeds and or plants as early as two weeks prior to that date. You can discover you local frost dates here.

For transplants, you need to start your seedlings indoors several weeks prior to the last frost date. This will allow them to sprout and grow to transplant size in time. If you are going to buy plants it is best to wait until after the last frost date. The stores will bring the plants out much too early and people who buy them often have to buy again when a late frost zaps the life out of their garden.

Interested in the Mittleider Gardening Method? Here are some more posts about our Garden.

5 to 10 Times the Food Five to Ten Times the Food Is it really possible to grow five to ten times from the same space? Well, that is exactly what we’re doing this year at the Ten Mile Farm. Compared to last year’s garden, this year’s is going to produce much more food. We harvested plenty of …

Easy Vegetables to Grow Pole Beans, Tomatoes, and Squash are Easy Vegetables to Grow It seems that every time I walk into the garden (which is every day), the plants have grown and there is new fruit to pick. Yesterday I was pruning and treating for an aphid invasion. I gather two gorgeous yellow squash. …

Garden to Table  From the Garden to Table Eggplant ready to harvest This morning as I was walking through the garden I gathered a few more cucumbers and harvested the three eggplant fruit that looked so good I could smell the eggplant parm. Garden to table is the plan.

Growing Vertically Growing Vertically with the Mittleider Gardening Method   Growing vertically is one of the keys of a successful Mittleider Garden. vertical growth allows for more plants to grow in a smaller area. This year’s garden literally has twice as many plants in the same area as last year’s garden. As you can …

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What is in Organic Potting Soil?

What is in organic potting soils most people are buying?

I just read an article that suggests it’s not what we think, and it’s bad.

As gross as it may sound, we recycle human waste and much of it winds up in organic potting soils and other agricultural uses. Treated human waste is used around the world this way and is likely the most sustainable method to dispose of the millions of tons  produced every day in every city around the world.

According to the EPA, “after treatment and processing, biosolids can be recycled and applied as fertilizer to improve and maintain productive soils and stimulate plant growth. The controlled land application of biosolids completes a natural cycle in the environment. By treating sewage sludge, it becomes biosolids which can be used as valuable fertilizer, instead of taking up space in a landfill or other disposal facility.” EPA

The problem, Dr. Lewis highlights in this article, is the concentration of heavy metals mixed in with the treated sewage. Extremely high levels of  lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, toxic organic chemicals, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. Most of these toxins are introduced when industrial waste is combined with sewage for treatment.

There are no warnings on the labels and no way to know what levels are in the bag you buy for your garden. If the bag lists “milorganite” on the label, don’t buy it. Milorgranit is a brand name used by the City of Milwaukee and distributed nationally. The name is a derivative from MILwaukee ORGAnicNITroEn.  It is sold as a natural fertilizer with a formulation of 6-2-0 (N-P-K). On their web page, they tell us how Milorgranit is made. “The District captures wastewater from the metropolitan Milwaukee area, including local industries such as MillerCoors.  This water is then treated with microbes to digest nutrients that are found in it, and cleaned water is returned to Lake Michigan.  The resulting microbes are then dried, becoming Milorganite fertilizers.”

Milogranit
What exactly are you buying

There is one benefit to using Milorganit in your garden. Apparently it is a very effective deer repellent. It’s even marketed that way here. Funny how animals instinctively know to stay away from industrial waste.

Using the Mittleider Gardening method avoids the use of the potentially dangerous products. Read more about the Mittleider Gardening Method here

The link to read about Milorgranit is

http://www.milorganite.com/using-milorganite/what-is-milorganite

The link to the entire article by Dr. Lewis is

http://articles.mercola.com/…/11/01/biosolids-fertilizer.as…

Mittleider Garden Watering System Update

Watering System Modification

 

I have found that the water pressure to my garden is not sufficient to properly feed the plants. Watering 1 30-foot row at a time resulted in more of a drip irrigation than the intended directional spray.

watering system
Working like a champ

When operating properly, the Mittleider Gardening watering system sprays water directly at the root zone of each plant. Having the three holes drilled in 4-inch intervals ensures that regardless of your plant spacing, each plant will receive an accurate and plentiful amount of water each time you turn the watering system on.

The problem I found is that with a low water pressure, there is not enough force to make the water spray out all three holes for 30 feet. Even though the holes are quite small (made with the #57 drill bit) all I could manage was a drip.

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Drilling Holes

Today, I modified the system by cutting each 30-foot row in half and capping the new cut. Then I added a ball valve at far end of each row and ran a new watering line to that end. The result is that I now have six 15-foot watering lines rather than three 30- foot lines. Each line has a shut-off valve allowing me to water one section at a time.

Watering System
Shut Off Valve

 

The difference is amazing.

Watering System
New Water Line

I may sound like it would take twice as long to water this way. However, it actually takes less time now. There is a beautiful stream of water shooting out each of the three holes directly at the plant roots. It takes about 45 seconds per section now rather than several minutes per row.

While I have enjoyed pretty good production from the garden so far, I expect this correction will result in increased bounty in the days and weeks to come.

Grow More Food

Garden to Table

From the Garden to Table

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Eggplant ready to harvest

This morning as I was walking through the garden I gathered a few more cucumbers and harvested the three eggplant fruit that looked so good I could smell the eggplant parm. Garden to table is the plan.

 

The RAM
The RAM

The Ram is currently grazing in the paddock next to the garden. He likes to watch me work – probably wishes he could knock me over when I’m not looking.

 

 

These three weighed in at just over 2lbs. Perfect for making a nice eggplant parm for dinner. Here’s the recipe

Garden to Table
Nice bounty

The cucumbers are the perfect size for the next batch of pickles too.

Garden to Table

Soon to be Pickled

 

The three of them weighed in at just over a pound. Combined with yesterday’s harvest that puts me more than half way towards the 4 pounds I like to work with when making pickles.

So far I’ve pulled more than 20 pounds of fresh vegetables from the garden to table this week. Good thing I like veggies!

 

The garden is looking pretty good overall. I’m excited to see what kind of sweet potato harvest we get. And the pole beans still do not have any beans ready to pick. I suspect the next few weeks will be providing an abundance of fresh vegetables straight from the gaden to table!

Think you might want to grow a garden of your own? Here are some other posts I’ve written about getting started with the Mittleider Gardening method.

5 to 10 Times the Food 

Five to Ten Times the Food Is it really possible to grow five to ten times from the same space? Well, that is exactly what we’re doing this year at the Ten Mile Farm. Compared to last year’s garden, this year’s is going to produce much more food. We harvested plenty of …

Easy Vegetables to Grow 

Pole Beans, Tomatoes, and Squash are Easy Vegetables to Grow It seems that every time I walk into the garden (which is every day), the plants have grown and there is new fruit to pick. Yesterday I was pruning and treating for an aphid invasion. I gather two gorgeous yellow squash. …

Growing Vertically 

Growing Vertically with the Mittleider Gardening Method   Growing vertically is one of the keys of a successful Mittleider Garden. vertical growth allows for more plants to grow in a smaller area. This year’s garden literally has twice as many plants in the same area as last year’s garden. As you can …

Locally Grown 

Locally Grown Locally Grown Do you buy locally grown food? Do you know where your food is coming from? Do you really know? Take a look at this report by Amy Davis, Investigative Reporter/Consumer Expert for Channel 2 in Houston Texas. Where does your food come from? If you are like most people you