[MittleiderMethodGardening] Mittleider Gardening Certification Training Boot Camp - 2017

 

Friends:   We are excited to announce the schedule for our Mittleider Gardening Training Certification Boot Camps for 2017!

We have a new Geo-Thermal year-round greenhouse completed and operational, and participants will learn "from the best, in the best" this year.

We're also working hot and heavy on completing four apartments in the Annex building, to house couples or others who prefer nicer "digs" right on campus, rather than going to hotels that are 8 miles away. After registering those who want this option need to let us know, in order to make those arrangements.

The instruction and training you'll receive are the best and most comprehensive available anywhere, and the cost is less than half of other programs we've seen. Plus, the food is prepared by Araksya Kennard! Let's hear some comments on her cooking by past graduates of the training program! :)

We can only take 28 serious students, so I recommend you get your spot quickly, and save some $$ by doing so as well

Here's the link for the first training program, which will be April 3-8:http://growfood.com/…/mittleider-gardening-training-boot-c…/

David Gillmore (LDS Prepper) and I look forward to seeing you there!

Jim Kennard


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Re: Time to Plan Your Garden! Some Helps & Good News

 

And don't forget Kale!  We harvest kale all year long from the same plants.  This is one of the healthiest plants, and we eat it almost daily in one way or another including smoothies, salads, soups, and in sandwiches (replaces lettuce).


Jim Kennard

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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Time to Plan Your Garden! Some Helps & Good News

 

Friends:  January is the time to plan your garden for this year, and here are a few ideas to get you started.


Lay out your garden plot on paper, and write in the crops that your family loves and will eat.


Organize a spot to start seedlings, either in your basement or another room in the house using a heat source in order to assure that your seedling soil maintains temperatures between 70 & 85 degrees, and after emergence use good Grow-Lights at least 16 hours per day.  We grow in sawdust & sand in a ratio of 2 to 1, using the balanced Mittleider natural mineral nutrients.  Constant Feed (1 oz Weekly Feed to 3 gallons of water) is used on seedlings until they are transplanted into the garden.


Start with greens of several kinds.  And train yourself to pick outer leaves and eat them regularly, even daily!  Red-leaf and Romaine lettuce are my choices, and if you keep them picked, watered, and fed you can eat these several times per week for months!  


Beets are one of the healthiest and best things to grow, with the leaves picked 2-3 leaves each week from each plant after the first 30 days.  They are tasty either raw or cooked, and eaten by themselves, in soups, stews, in smoothies, or salads.  The same is true for turnips, and even sugar beets are good, although they grow to be very large plants when outside and in the sun.  We've been harvesting beets, sugar beets, turnips, and Swiss chard for many months from our garden.


Don't plant too much of any one crop, especially the single-crop varieties.  With ever-bearing crops you can grow quite a few plants, because the fruit matures over a long harvest season (remember that greens effectively do the same if you pick and eat the outer leaves every few days).


Plan to grow vining crops vertically, and to the North or East in your garden, so that the tall plants do not shade your shorter varieties.  We love an heirloom called Siberian Rose, and hybrids Big Beef and Better Boy, as well as Grape, and Sun Sugar  (cherry-size).


You need to refer to the Garden Planting Details Schedule to see when to plant everything.  And planting dates depend on your Average Date of Last Frost (ADLF), so make sure you know when that is by checking with your County Ag Agent or looking online.


For all of you who are serious about long-term growing your own food we have re-stocked our supply of the Canned Heirloom Garden Seeds that are so popular!  This is over 30,000 seeds, including 23 of the best varieties for all growing areas in the USA.  They are triple-sealed, and will last you for 20 years!  when properly stored and cared for.  Get your can now before we run out, as we only have 132 of them available.  Go to Growfood.com » Canned Heirloom Garden Seeds

Happy Planning & may you have a great garden this year!


Jim Kennard


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Re: New FREE Mittleider Gardening App available on I-Tunes. Get yours now!

 

Friends:


I'm sorry to say that this App does not work on Android devices.  Dennis told me that he has hopes of getting it done on that platform this year, but it will definitely be a while.  I think he will see how it is accepted and used in the Apple marketplace before he invests a lot more timedoing it over again.

Always a catch, huh!

Jim Kennard

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Re: [MittleiderMethodGardening] New FREE Mittleider Gardening App available on I-Tunes. Get yours now!

 

Greetings Jim,
I have an android that uses the google play store for apps. When will you have the android app available?

Thank you,
 
-David



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Subject: [MittleiderMethodGardening] New FREE Mittleider Gardening App available on I-Tunes. Get yours now!

 
Dear Friends:
We are always trying to "get the word out" to people about gaining health and a measure of self-reliance by growing your own food.
Well, here is a way you can help yourself and others. One of your fellow group members named Dennis Totman has devoted many, many hours to creating a Mittleider Gardening App.
Now millions of people with smart phones and I-Pads can learn the details about Mittleider Gardening - and the App is FREE.
Simply click on this link and download the App onto your device - https://itunes.apple.com/…/mittleider-gardeni…/id1165557823… and use it to become a much better gardener.  And then tell everyone you know on Social Media, so that they can also benefit!
Here is a suggested statement you could make to introduce your friends, family, and acquaintances to this valuable new resource: -
"We love our Mittleider vegetable garden! It lets us grow food like never before - lots of healthy and tasty vegi's and fruits, and anyone can do it!  We invite you to check out this free Mittleider Gardening App and see for yourself! And here is the link!" https://itunes.apple.com/…/mittleider-gardeni…/id1165557823…
Happy gardening!



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RE: [MittleiderMethodGardening] New FREE Mittleider Gardening App available on I-Tunes. Get yours now!

 

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Subject: [MittleiderMethodGardening] New FREE Mittleider Gardening App available on I-Tunes. Get yours now!

Dear Friends:

We are always trying to "get the word out" to people about gaining health and a measure of self-reliance by growing your own food.

Well, here is a way you can help yourself and others. One of your fellow group members named Dennis Totman has devoted many, many hours to creating a Mittleider Gardening App.

Now millions of people with smart phones and I-Pads can learn the details about Mittleider Gardening - and the App is FREE.

Simply click on this link and download the App onto your device - https://itunes.apple.com/…/mittleider-gardeni…/id1165557823…<https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mittleider-gardening-have/id1165557823?mt=8> and use it to become a much better gardener. And then tell everyone you know on Social Media, so that they can also benefit!

Here is a suggested statement you could make to introduce your friends, family, and acquaintances to this valuable new resource: -

"We love our Mittleider vegetable garden! It lets us grow food like never before - lots of healthy and tasty vegi's and fruits, and anyone can do it! We invite you to check out this free Mittleider Gardening App and see for yourself! And here is the link!" https://itunes.apple.com/…/mittleider-gardeni…/id1165557823…<https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mittleider-gardening-have/id1165557823?mt=8>

Happy gardening!

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[MittleiderMethodGardening] New FREE Mittleider Gardening App available on I-Tunes. Get yours now!

 

Dear Friends:

We are always trying to "get the word out" to people about gaining health and a measure of self-reliance by growing your own food.

Well, here is a way you can help yourself and others. One of your fellow group members named Dennis Totman has devoted many, many hours to creating a Mittleider Gardening App.

Now millions of people with smart phones and I-Pads can learn the details about Mittleider Gardening - and the App is FREE.

Simply click on this link and download the App onto your device - https://itunes.apple.com/…/mittleider-gardeni…/id1165557823… and use it to become a much better gardener.  And then tell everyone you know on Social Media, so that they can also benefit!

Here is a suggested statement you could make to introduce your friends, family, and acquaintances to this valuable new resource: -

"We love our Mittleider vegetable garden! It lets us grow food like never before - lots of healthy and tasty vegi's and fruits, and anyone can do it!  We invite you to check out this free Mittleider Gardening App and see for yourself! And here is the link!" https://itunes.apple.com/…/mittleider-gardeni…/id1165557823…

Happy gardening!


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Soil Tests Needed in the Family Garden?

 

Group:


A Group Member recently posed the following question:  "Jacob, in his book (Chapter 16 - Food For Everyone, Pg 137, stated "The soil test is the beginning of operations...".)" and wanted to know why we no longer talk about the soil test as being important.  Following is my answer, which I highly recommend every one of you read carefully:

 

The book Food For Everyone was written in 1972, and at that time Dr. Mittleider was having soil tests done wherever he went. However, over the ensuing years he learned enough that by the time most of his GARDENING books were published Jacob no longer used nor recommended soil tests, and here's why:

 

Two reasons for soil tests were (1) to determine the soil pH, because plants are best able to take nutrients from the soil and use them when the pH is between 6.5 and 7, and (2) to determine any nutrient deficiencies in the soil.

 

Through long experience and field testing in gardens all over the world Jacob learned that whenever annual rainfall is 20" or more the soil pH is below 7 (acidic), and the simple solution is to use lime - to raise the pH and to supply essential calcium.

 

When annual rainfall is 18" or below the soil pH is above 7 (alkaline) and the solution is to use gypsum as the calcium source. It will not raise pH because it contains almost equal parts calcium (raises pH) and sulfur (lowers pH).  And Jacob learned that this was usually all that was necessary to grow successfully in high pH soils.

If the high pH in the soil continues to be a problem simply apply sulfur to lower the pH. 

 

Furthermore, Jacob's long experience with soil tests taught him that they often did not accurately predict the AVAILABILITY of the nutrients to the plants. The natural state of the many mineral compounds in the soil is to be "fixed" or adhered to the soil particles, and in order for the plants to use them the minerals must be water-soluble and pass in the soil water into the plant through the root hairs. That availability changes quickly, and a test taken last month may not be accurate today or tomorrow.

 

Jacob also learned that soils throughout the world were almost universally low in AVAILABLE nutrients, and he created a balanced formula containing all 13 essential plant nutrients that he applied everywhere in the world with great success.  And they are applied weekly throughout the growing season so that they ARE available to the plants as needed.

 

This knowledge allowed Dr. Mittleider to eliminate the need for soil testing, thus saving time and costs for everyone.  This is a tremendous boon for family gardeners, because they have neither the time, the money, nor the inclination to get soil tests.


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Re: [MittleiderMethodGardening] Covering T-Frames over an 18" soil-bed or Grow-Box to Protect from Weather

 

Dear Jim,
I would like to offer my humble advice, regarding the use of Polythene sheet , plain or UV treated over PVC pipe frames.
The poly covering would break up in the areas contacting the PVC pipe. Depending on the ambient temperature conditions, in cooler climates the poly covering could last a bit longer, but in the tropics, like here in Thailand, my 30' x 12' hydroponic greenhouse, PVC frame with 6 mil UV polythene Greenhouse plastic fell apart in barely a year. I did not know the reason at the time, so went back to my supplier, to confirm whether I was supplied with UV protected Polythene, which he confirmed.
On doing further research, I discovered that the PVC pipes "GasOut" chlorine when they heat up, destroying the plastic sheet in the process. I have since rebuilt my greenhouse with translucent fiber glass roofing sheets on a wooden roof frame, and concrete columns.
I have read that it is possible to use plastic sheeting on PVC pipe frames, if the PVC is first wrapped in tape. I would not recommend any tape, as I wouldnt recommend the PVC frames to start with.
You could google Polythene on PVC, and find out more. See url for article:



Kind regards to all our Mittleider Fans

Conrad Fernandes


Conrad Group:

Thanks for that reminder.  I had forgotten about that problem.  ldsprepper researched this and determined that painting the PVC pipe would stop the problem.  

I  do not have any personal experience with it, so can't say with authority, but I recommend anyone building one to check about painting the PVC first.

Jim Kennard

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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Covering T-Frames over an 18" soil-bed or Grow-Box to Protect from Weather

 

The question has been asked - how can we protect our vertically-grown plants from the weather, short of building an in-the-garden greenhouse?


We have not given any instructions for the PVC arches and plastic for a single 18" bed or box with T-Frames - not that it is a bad idea, but just because we have not done one ourselves :)

And I never saw Dr. Mittleider put plastic over a single bed or box with T-Frames either. I guess that's because Jacob was always demonstrating using large gardens and it was more efficient to cover 2 beds or boxes and have the in-the-garden greenhouse benefits for little more money. But that does not address the small backyard garden with only ONE bed or box with T-Frames. So, I will make the attempt to describe how to do it.

First of all, you will need to have 2 X 4's on edge tying your T-Frames together, rather than pipe or wire. This is so that you can screw the 45 degree PVC elbows every 2' to those 2 X 4's and have a place for the PVC.

In addition, you will need to have 9 gauge wire (or 1/2" galvanized plumbing pipe) running the length of your bed 2" in from the outside edges of the T-Frame T. This is where you will fasten your baling twine for your plants to grow on. If you were not covering with plastic you could tie your twine to the 2 X 4's on the outside edge, but with plastic covering those outside edges it would not work, especially when the plants reach the top of the string.

When the structure is in place attach 3/4" - 45 degree elbows on the inside of the 2 X 4's every 2' and hold them in place with "plumbers' strapping tape", which is flexible metal material that plumbers use to hold pipes in place. Do not put the elbows on the outside of your T-Frame structure The plastic will rub on the elbows and wear through and the pressure from the PVC pipes pushing out will pop them off the 2 X 4s.

Buy enough Schedule 40 3/4" PVC pipe to make your roof "trusses". Since your T-Frame top is only 32" long you might want to experiment with cutting one pipe into 3 equal lengths of 40" and placing those into the elbows to see if you have enough arch to your roof. Heating the pipe with a heat gun, carefully and evenly, will help, and will relieve the outward pressure the pipe will otherwise exert on the 2 X 4's.

Things to consider in determining the arch that you want would be how tall you want your plants to grow, and if there is likely to be a snow load problem. I'm sorry that I do not have a single bed or box with T-Frames installed in my present garden, that I can use to do all of the above and give you better counsel.

You will next need to have sufficient clear UV-protected greenhouse plastic to cover the T-Frame structure, with 1' of extra on each side. Depending on the height of your arch the width should likely be about 20". The length of your plastic should be at least 3' longer than the bed or box.

Install 2 X 4's below the outside corners of each T to support the plastic sides. They should be buried so they don't move, and screwed into the under side of the tops.

Before installing the plastic prepare and install the PVC plastic-holding system LDS Prepper describes in his videos. Remove 1/3rd of the pipe on 6' lengths of 200 PSI 3/4" PVC pipe. Sand the edges carefully, so that they do not cut the inserted greenhouse plastic. Place them on both ends and the outside 2 X 4's, starting near the ground, and screwing to the posts. Cut 6' lengths of 1/2" PVC to be pushed into the larger pipes after the greenhouse plastic is in place.

Using at least 2 people, put the plastic cover over the T-Frame structure, making sure that the plastic hangs over the sides and ends the same everywhere.

While holding the plastic snugly against the structure on all sides, screw 1 X 2's to the sides of the 2 X 4's along both sides at the top, to hold the greenhouse plastic permanently in place.

Again, while holding the plastic snugly against the sides of the structure, snap the 6' lengths of 1/2" PVC into the 3/4" PVC, all around the structure. On the ends, do the same, overlapping the two sides and putting both pieces of plastic into the "holder".

Next, sandwich the plastic at ground level on both sides between 2 - 1 X 2's using screws . Use different lengths of 1 X 2 on front and back, so that joints do not occur in the same place, for strength.

Depending on your wind and weather conditions you may find it necessary to cover the bottom edges of your plastic with dirt to hold them down and keep the cold wind out, or you may be able to place stakes 2" from the base of your vertical 2 X 4's and keep everything in place.


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