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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.

Sign up by clicking the box below and you will get updates from this page so you can follow along as I create an abundance of delicious vegetables in a small space.

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.

 

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 food from the garden last year but after converting to the Mittleider Gardening Method I have been able to plant three times as many transplants as we started with last year. The garden is in the same exact location and takes up exactly the same amount of space, yet it will yield many times the produce.

Three of the reasons our garden will be so much more productive this year are spacing, watering, and feeding.

Spacing

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42 inches between rows

With the Mittleider Gardening Method, allows us to use narrower spacing between plants while giving us more room to work in the garden. We train  our plants to grow vertically for maximum  light and t o conserve water, nutrients and  space.

Watering

5 to 10x the food
Precision Watering is Key

The watering system is more efficient than the soaker hose we used last year and effectively waters the garden in just a few minutes each day. Because we only Irrigate only the root zones, we conserve water and minimize the growth of weeds. With our level beds, water and nutrients are distributed easily   and evenly.

Feeding

Finally, we have a custom fertilizer that we will feed our plants. Many nutrients found in the soil are unavailable to the plant.
Although soil conditioning is good, accurate placement of properly balanced mineral fertilizers is more efficient.

fertilizerMost commercial fertilizers need fall short in this area. In fact, most contain only three of the sixteen nutrients plants need. In order to balance them, we need to add secondary and micro-nutrients.

 

 

There are sixteen nutrients that plants need to survive and thrive in any environment. I’ve written a report with a complete list of the sixteen nutrients and you can download that here.

Click Here to download the special report

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Mittleider Garden Preparation 

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Mittleider Gardening Update

Mittleider Gardening at the Ten Mile Farm

 

A quick update of our Mittleider Gardening experience.

Yesterday I installed and tested the water system. I will admit that it was more work than I thought it would be to make, but now that it is done it should last many years. It is basically 90 feet of PVC with three holes drilled every 4 inches. That’s 810 holes. I had to change the battery on the drill about every 220 holes and I broke 4 drill bits, but other than that it was a piece of cake.

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Drilling Holes

Today I transplanted Tomato, Bell Pepper, Yellow Squash, Cucumber, and Zucchini plants. I also planted the seeds for the pole beans. I did all of this during a nice rain shower this morning, so everything was watered in by nature.

I really should have done all of this two weeks ago, but time has a way of getting away from me sometimes.  Next year I will be ready to plant on time since all of the infrastructure is built. It will be fun to document the growth and harvesting of these plants in the coming weeks.

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Mittleider Garden Preparation 

Mittleider Garden Preparation Day Week   It is a beautiful day and the weather is perfect for setting up the raised beds in preparation for planting next week. Today I will be laying out the garden and building the grown boxes. Tomorrow I will add the growing medium –  a combination of sand …

Mittleider Gardening 

Mittleider Gardening The Mittleider Gardening method is quite simply the most productive way to grow fruits and vegetables that I know of. I’ve tried dozens of other methods and none of them have produced the yields of healthy fruits and vegetables that the Mittleider method produces. Follow along as I setup a …

Mittleider Gardening Method 

Mittleider Gardening Method If you have questions or comments about the Mittleider Gardening Method, this is the category to post them.  Mittleider gardening is, in my opinion, the most efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Regardless of your climate, soil condition or season, you can grow fruits and vegetables to …

If you want to create your own Mittleider Garden I suggest you purchase the book. You can get it here

Mittleider Garden Preparation

Mittleider Garden Preparation Day Week

 

It is a beautiful day and the weather is perfect for setting up the raised beds in preparation for planting next week. Today I will be laying out the garden and building the grown boxes. Tomorrow I will add the growing medium –  a combination of sand and sawdust – along with the pre-plant and weekly feed fertilizers.

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Grow Box Matterials

There will be three beds laid out in accordance with the Mittleider gardening method. That is 30 feet long and 18 inches wide. Two of the beds will have supports for growing vertically. The third bed will be used to grow bell peppers and other plants that don’t need vertical support.

The first steps in Mittleider garden preparation were taken care of earlier this year. You can see that post via the link at the bottom of this page. The first step in today’s work was to get some supplies. I went to Lowes and picked up the wood for the basic boxes. I already had the 4×4’s for the supports on hand. I also picked up the rest of the materials I need to make the watering system. I’ll write about that in another post.

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Before I actually construct the grow boxes I need to prepare the ground where it will go. It is very important that the ground be level inside and outside the bottom of the grow box. That’s why I went through the trouble and expense of using the Kubota.

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Garden Stakes

The second step is to stake out the corners of the overall garden and then establish the location of the corners of the grow-boxes with cords and stakes. For my garden, the overall dimensions are 20 feet by 40 feet. This will give me a five-foot aisle at each end and three and one-half feet between each grow-box.

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30 ‘ Grow Box

Each box is thirty feet long and 18 inches wide. You can see the first one is complete in this picture. That’s as far as I got today – hence the change to the title of this post. It’s supposed to rain for a couple of days so I’ll work on this as I can.

These were my supervisors

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Supervisory Team

The next two boxes were a little trickier to build because I needed to install the 4×4 T-posts. To do this, I laid out the boxes and then dug the holes for the 4×4’s. Then I assembled the T-posts, double checked to make sure the T-posts were level and plumb, and then screwed them into the 2×8’s. The inside of these boxes are prepped identically to the first one; level the ground and fertilize with pre-plant mixture.

Building the T-posts is not really difficult, but it is time-consuming. Digging the 15-inch deep holes in Arkansas rocky soil is a lot more work. I rented a one-man post hole digger from Home Depot and got the job done in 4 hrs. Here’s what the finished boxes with T-posts installed look like.

Building the grow boxes with the T-posts is definitely a two person job. It is possible to do it alone – I did these by myself. However, it would be a lot faster and less frustrating if you have a helper.

The next step for these boxes is to put pre-plant fertilizer in the bottom. The pre-plant fertilizer is a mix of Lime, Epsom Salts, and Borax in specific ratios. I mixed up a large batch using 20 pounds of Lime, 1 pound of Epsom Salts, and 1/4 pound of Borax. This mixture is applied one ounce per linear foot.

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer. Once the pre-plant is in I will fill the boxes with the custom soil mixture recommended by the Mittleider Gardening Method. This is 1/3 course sand 2/3 sawdust. You fill the box alternating between the sand and the sawdust and then till it all together with a light-weight tiller like the Mantis, or by hand using a shovel and rake.

I got my sand from a local sand and gravel company. The sawdust I got free from a company that builds pallets. For three beds, I needed one cubic yard of course sand and three cubic yards of sawdust. Sand and sawdust make the perfect growing medium for most plants. It provides all five functions necessary for healthy plant growth:

  • Anchor the plants – provide a firm foundation for growth and development
  • Retain and release moisture
  • Retain and release oxygen
  • Retain and release nutrients
  • Help control temperature – keep plants cool in the summer and warm in the winter

What sand and sawdust lack is nutrition and we provide that with the weekly feed. Before we transplant the seedlings we will apply the weekly feed fertilizer at a rate of 1/2 ounce per linear foot. The weekly feed recipe is:

  • 25 pounds of All Purpose Fertilizer (13-13-13 up to 17-17-17)
  • 4 pounds Epsom Salts
  • One (10 ounce) packet of Mittleider Micronutrients (click to order online)
  • 3 pounds garden lime/gypsum or 1/2 pound of Perlite to control moisture

Once this is mixed into the soil, it is time to level the soil inside the boxes. Now these boxes are “beds” and ready for planting. However, before we do that we need to construct the watering system to ensure even watering directly to the roots of each plant. I’ll build the watering system later this week and post an update worth pictures and instructions. Until then, have a great day and thanks for stopping by the Ten Mile Farm and Market.

 

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Mittleider Gardening The Mittleider Gardening method is quite simply the most productive way to grow fruits and vegetables that I know of. I’ve tried dozens of other methods and none of them have produced the yields of healthy fruits and vegetables that the Mittleider method produces. Follow along as I setup a …

Mittleider Gardening Method If you have questions or comments about the Mittleider Gardening Method, this is the category to post them.  Mittleider gardening is, in my opinion, the most efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Regardless of your climate, soil condition or season, you can grow fruits and vegetables to …

Mittleider Gardening Method

Mittleider Gardening Method

If you have questions or comments about the Mittleider Gardening Method, this is the category to post them.  Mittleider gardening is, in my opinion, the most efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Regardless of your climate, soil condition or season, you can grow fruits and vegetables to feed your family and/or your community.

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Mittleider Gardening Course

I took these pictures in August of 2014 at Jim Kennard’s Mittleider Boot Camp in Kidder Missouri. I learned a lot during that week of classroom instruction and hands-on application of the Mittleider method, from sowing seeds to harvesting vegetables and everything between. This garden was absolutely amazing and is what I hope to aspire to with my own.

I have tried many different gardening methods; aquaponics, hydroponics, lasagna gardening, composting, etc. and I can tell you that the Mittleider gardening method is less expensive, provides better results, and is easier to accomplish success than any of those other methods.  Some of the advantages of the Mittleider Gardening Method are:

  • Close plant spacing allows for more plants in less area
  • The vertical growth of the plant maximises light availability
  • This method uses less water
  • Soil mixture and nutrients can be stored long term
  • Works for any conditions or climate
  • Any skill level
  • Soil nutrient depletion and crop rotation can be avoided

If you are considering growing a garden to provide for your family, or maybe even to sell or donate excess produce, I recommend you take a look at the Mittleider Gardening Method. The book is only about $20 and is money well spent. However, if you are on a tight budget or a fixed income, I am sure you can find a Mittleider Gardening Group near you. They have a closed group FaceBook page you can join here: Mittleider Gardening Facebook Group.

You really should read the book before asking a lot of questions though. You can get the book here.  Mittleider Gardening Resources