Secrets of Successful Gardening Revealed!
Has the secret of successful gardening eluded you? There’s nothing worse than going out to your garden, the one you labored so many hours in, and finding that your plants are dying. You dread another trip to the grocery store to buy over-priced vegetables that were picked before they were ripe and are devoid of flavor and nutrition. You scratch your head in wonder at how something so natural, growing vegetables, could be so difficult. Exhausted, you go inside and plop on the couch just when you remember you will need to get back in the car and drive to the store if there are going to be any vegetables on the table tonight.
You are not alone and it’s not your fault. Gardening is a learned skill. It really is a science and an art. And to make matters worse, there is a lot of misinformation out there. The good news is that the secret to successful gardening is available. I have found the most efficient way to consistently grow vibrantly healthy garden plants that produce and abundance of fresh, delicious, nutritious vegetables. Would call that successful gardening?
Several years ago, I was frustrated just like you are today. I had tried every possible method of gardening imaginable; Square foot gardening, container gardening, blah blah blah, you name it, I tried it. But no matter what I tried, my plants just weren’t as healthy and productive as I knew they could be. During my research, I met a man who changed everything for me. His name is Jim Kennard and he is an expert at successful gardening and fortunately for us, he teaches his method of gardening to anyone who is smart enough to listen. The method Jim teaches is called the Mittleider Method.
What I learned from Jim transformed my so so garden into a world-class garden. In the same 20×40 space, I went from producing 300 pounds of vegetables to more than 1,200 pounds of vegetables. I went from spending hours weeding and watering to literally just a few minutes a day tending to the garden and most of that time is spent pruning and harvesting. Weeds are no longer a problem for me and watering takes only a few minutes. To me, this is practically the definition of successful gardening.
There are several benefits to learning and using the Mittleider Gardening Method. Here are just a few:
- produce a large quantity of food in a small area of land
- minimize gardening time and effort
- garden with only simple gardening tools (so I won’t need to invest in expensive equipment)
- conserve water
- achieve uniform plant growth and raise healthy, attractive plants
- minimize weeding time
- make sure my plants are getting the nutrients they need for optimum growth (no matter what my soil is like)
- harvest two or three crops each year
- grow any vegetable, in any climate, with minimal water and effort per unit of produce
Compare the Mittleider Method to traditional gardening and choose for yourself.
|Overall:||High yields are hard to get. Each of the gardening tasks requires so much skill and understanding that few beginners can raise a productive garden.||With proper know-how, even beginners can raise highly-productive gardens.|
|The Gardener:||To grow a garden, the gardener must have skills, experience, good soil, the cooperation of nature and a green thumb.||With the proper know-how and training, anyone can grow any vegetable in any soil, in any climate with minimal water and effort per unit of produce.|
|The Soil:||A good garden begins with good soil. The richness of the soil is the single most important factor in gardening success.||Although good soils are desirable, highly productive gardens can be grown in any soil. Custom soils for grow-boxes can be made if necessary.|
|The Layout:||Organize the field using regularly spaced rows designed to accommodate the wheel spacings of a tractor.||Organize the garden using soil-beds or grow-boxes, using row and aisle spacings based on human ergonomics.|
|Plant Spacing:||Use traditional spacings between plants to accommodate the horizontal growth plants use to seek the light.||Use narrower spacings and increase their precision with special markers. Train plants to grow vertically for light and thus conserve space.|
|The Seed:||Plant in the spring when the soil is warm. Because germination is always imperfect, expect some losses and weak plants||Get a head start by planting earlier in an easy to build Mittleider seed house. Increase the head start by transplanting only strong and healthy plants.|
|Feeding the Plants:||1. Use soil testing to determine which nutrients are needed.
2. Use manure, rotation, and composting to condition and build up the soil.
3. Use traditional fertilizers in their traditional Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium combinations.
4. Use traditional fertilizers in their traditional Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium combinations.
|1. Only the plant can tell you what soil it needs. Many nutrients found in the soil are unavailable to the plant.
2. Although soil conditioning is good, precision placement of properly balanced commercial fertilizers is more efficient.
3. Most commercial fertilizers must be properly balanced and then supplemented with micronutrients for optimal effect.
4. Apply fertilizer before you plant and several times thereafter. Use fertilizer to control weeds between plants.
|Watering||Use furrows, sprinklers, and flood irrigation to thoroughly water the land. To distribute the water evenly is very difficult||Irrigate only the root zones with precision micro jets to conserve water. If you level the soil, water and nutrients will be distributed easily and evenly.|
|Weeding||Because weed seeds are ubiquitous, laborious weeding is a necessary evil which cannot be avoided.||Weed control can be easy. Plant promptly after soil preparation. Sprout surface weeds and destroy them as they emerge. Don’t water weeds.|
|Pruning||1. Pruning is something done to fruit trees, but it is never done to vegetables.
2. Let vine crops like tomatoes, squash, and melons grow horizontally, often occupying 10-30 square feet.
|1. Careful pruning of certain plants can dramatically increase yields. Raise yields by removing leaves that do not support the plant or its fruit.
2. Garden in 3-D! Use stakes, strings, and A-frames to grow plants upward instead of outward, thus conserving space.
|Harvesting:||Harvest one crop per year. At the end of the season, plow the old crop under to decompose and build up the soil during the winter.||Harvest two or three crops per year. Increase yields by using seedlings, balanced fertilizers, and precision watering and pruning.|
|Crop Rotation:||Each crop depletes the land. Rotate crops regularly to restore and rebuild the land.||Crop rotation is good, but the land cannot be rejuvenated in one winter. The use of balanced fertilizer is a more efficient way to replenish the soil.|
|Summary:||A vast body of traditional knowledge, practices, and prescriptions which beginning gardeners often find daunting.||A package of “tuned” prescriptions which any gardener can use to grow any vegetable in any soil in any climate with a minimum of water and work.|
Do it now, here’s that link again GrowFood. If you would like to learn the most successful gardening techniques, GrowFood is the best place to start. I recommend you attend a seminar if you can. There is no substitute for hands-on experience. If you don’t have time to take a week off and travel to a seminar, the next best approach is to purchase the Mittleider Gardening Course book. You can get everything you need from Jim’s none profit organization – GrowFood click to visit that page. Here you will find the links to register for a seminar and other resources such as the course book, micronutrients, and a host of other valuable resources.
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I personally guarantee if you make a diligent effort to use the techniques in this course, you’ll produce more vegetables in less space, working fewer hours, and with less stress. That’s right, More food for less effort.