Start a Garden with the Mittleider Method

 My brother called wanting to know the details of how I fertilize the garden using the Mittleider Method (You can watch a you tube video from the President of growfood.com about the Mittleider method is considered the best of organic) For those of you living in Fort Collins, I have bulk micronutrients and the weekly feed recipe that I can sell to you so you don’t have to wait for it in the mail. 3/12/2014 Update – I am now in Tooele, UT.

 HOW TO PREPARE A GARDEN BED USING THE MITTLEIDER METHOD

Before putting any soil in your 36″x8′ beds, sprinkle 1 1/2 cups gypsum on the ground. The 36″x8′ beds are what I have in the greenhouse and you can plant 4 rows in it. Outside I have 18″x30′ beds. Those would get 4 cups of the pre-plant mixture tilled in and 2 cups of weekly feed when the plants are up.
After putting in 1 part sand and 3 parts (or 1 part sand, 2 parts sawdust and 2 parts pearlite) sawdust into your beds until the beds are level with the tops of the boxes, sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of the following pre-plant mixture.  20 cups gypsum(hardware store); 1 cup epsom salts(pharmacy); 1/4 cup Borax(laundry isle). Till or shovel it into the top 6 -8 inches of soil.


When the plants are up, start fertilizing once week with 3/4 c. of the weekly feed mixture. You can buy the micronutrients that will come with the recipe at growfood.com for about $14.

When you know your plants only have a couple more weeks until they are through producing, you can stop the weekly feed. If you plant something else in their place, start with the pre-plant mixture again. Do not put the pre-plant mixture in with seeds. They will not germinate correctly.

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Author: Elisa

Mom, Wife, Whole Foods nut, Gardener, and Music Lover

3 thoughts on “Start a Garden with the Mittleider Method”

  1. Thank you for pointing that out! The 3/4 cup is for a 3×8 garden box or an 18″ x 16' Mittleider style bed. I would actually just do 1 cup because an 18″ x 30' bed gets 4 cups of pre plant mixture and 2 cups of weekly feed.

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