[MittleiderMethodGardening] Merry Christmas - Give your Family & Friends a great Gift

 

Friends: As our Christmas gesture to all of you, I've just discounted The Mittleider Gardening Course book 25%! I recommend you give this great gift to all you care about this Christmas http://growfood.com/shop/the-mittleider-gardening-course/


Jim Kennard


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Re: Reasons to Choose Natural Minerals over Organic Fertilizers

 

I got your program some years back and I lost it in a crash or something I was wondering if I could get it again?
Gene


Gene Group:

I'm not sure what "program" you are referring to.  The Food For Everyone Foundation makes the gardening books written by Dr. Jacob R. Mittleider available at our website - www.growfood.com/shop

You may have had the digital copy of The Mittleider Gardening Course book.  This is a great gardening book, and just this last June a new edition - in full color - was published!

As co-author I hope you will forgive me for saying this, but I believe it is the best gardening book on the planet, and the last and only gardening book you will ever need!  Master gardeners like Sue Gillmore (ldsprepper), when they discover the Mittleider Gardening Course book grab it, love it, and give away or throw away thousands of dollars of "other" gardening books they've accumulated.

I recommend you get the new Gardening Course book!  With 150 color pictures, dozens of excellent illustrations, and more than 300 pages of simple, easy to follow step-by-step instructions this book is the RECIPE for a great garden in any soil, and in any climate.

Jim Kennard


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Reasons to Choose Natural Minerals over Organic Fertilizers

 

Did you think my last post was "heavy"?  This one is REALLY important - please study!  :)


There are SO many reasons for choosing the Mittleider system of growing over organic!

 

1.  Let's start with the MACRO "argument".    There is not enough compost/manure in the world to feed 10% of the population, if even that much.  Before "ground-up rocks" as commercial fertilizers - and especially before man learned to create usable nitrogen the way lightning does it (see Haber/Bosch Method) - there were about 1 billion people on the planet.  Take commercial fertilizers away and 6 out of 7 would die, and the world population would revert to that size again. 

 

And during crisis situations, or in the event of a breakdown in the fragile, interconnected and interdependent civilization in which we live, there will be much LESS organic material available because the animals will die or be eaten. 

 

The great intelligence that rules the universe would not create a world in which the large majority of people were consigned to ill health and even starvation.  And sure enough, the earth contains inexhaustible supplies of the 13 essential mineral nutrients plants require.  These are mined and then concentrated to remove impurities, heavy metals, etc., and give exact percentages of the nutrients.  This also makes them much less expensive to ship to distant locations.

 

2.  The actual nutritional benefits of organic fertilizers are unknown.  a) The nutritional composition of the original plants is unknown. b) The horse or cow kept some; c) about half the nutrition is lost in the urine;  d) some was lost to leaching before it was applied to the soil; e) nitrogen is lost into the air due to its volatility, and f) because it all must be applied at once before planting much more is lost in the weeks and months before the plant takes it up and uses it.

 

3.  While natural mineral nutrients can be balanced between Macro-nutrients, Secondary nutrients, and Micro-nutrients to give just the right amounts of each, organic fertilizers' nutrient composition is unknown and unknowable.

 

4. Plants cannot take in and use organic nutrients because of their size and structure, and therefore the compost must decompose, break down, and revert to its inorganic water-soluble mineral state before the next generation of plants can use it.  This requires time and soil organisms.

 

5.  Doing this composting is almost never done aerobically (with oxygen), which produces heat of 140 degrees for about 3 weeks, and in the composting process kills the weed seeds, bugs, and diseases.  Ninety nine percent+ of the time - at least in the family garden - composting is done anaerobically, or without oxygen, and consequently without heat.  This of course does NOT eliminate the 3 bad elements, and instead encourages bugs, weeds, diseases, bad smells, AND rodents.

 

6.  Harmful diseases such as listeria, e-coli, and salmonella are spread by organic fertilizers such that people get sick and sometimes even die after ingesting the food grown in them.  This is why organic fertilizers MUST, by law, be applied to the soil 120 days before harvest if the edible part of the plant comes in contact with the soil, and 90 days before harvest if the edible part of the plant does not touch the ground.

 

7.  Because the fertilizer for the entire crop must be applied all at once before planting. large amounts of fertilizer salts are applied to the soil all at once.  This often causes a condition called salinity - too much salt - and causes reverse osmosis, with the saline moisture in the soil drawing the moisture out of the plants and injuring or even killing the plants.  Also, the excess salts are leached into the ground water, streams and rivers, killing fish, etc., and fouling the water supply.  Meanwhile, by mid-season the nutrition is gone and plants stop producing.

 

8.  Cost of organic fertilizers is often, at least in large population centers, more than that of mineral nutrients.  And storage presents an entirely new set of problems.  Compost takes up a great deal of space, smells, nutrition leaches out if stored outside, and invites problems as described above. Mineral fertilizers on the other hand are without bad odors, do NOT attract bugs and diseases, take up MUCH less space, and store indefinitely without losing potency.

 

9. And finally the piece of the equation that has many people calling The Mittleider Method "the best of organic".  The laws established by the USDA, which governs organic growing, specify that a Certified Organic grower must plant using only organic fertilizers.  Then, when they observe deficiency symptoms they must get soil tests.  After documenting which nutrients are deficient the organic grower is permitted to use inorganic (mineral) nutrients, including the very same ones we use in the Mittleider Method from the beginning.

 

The average person never hears about the fact that the big organic growers actually use commercial bagged mineral fertilizers, and the family gardener has neither the time, the money, nor the expertise to go through all those steps that are necessary to grow healthy and productive crops organically, and so they suffer with poor production and much less nutritious garden produce.

 

Dr. Mittleider chose to feed his crops very small amounts of all of the natural mineral nutrients plants need for fast healthy growth as they need them, avoiding all of the problems associated with organic fertilizers including weed seeds, bugs and diseases, salinity, higher cost and availability issues, and time and dependence on soil organisms to change the organic materials into water-soluble minerals that plants can use.


I recommend you get a package of the Micro-Nutrients - www.growfood.com/shop - and make your own inexpensive and highly effective Mittleider Weekly Feed now.  Then study the Mittleider Gardening Course book (also available at growfood.com) and produce a great sustainable garden that will feed your family from now on!

 

 

Jim Kennard, 11/6/2017


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Questions about Organic vs Mineral Nutrients? Read This :)

 

Making Nutrients Available to Your Plants – Organic vs Minerals


Manure and compost contain organic compounds, usually including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium – the macro, or major elements – and many of the other secondary nutrients and micronutrients that plants need to grow, but no one knows whether or not they are all there, nor in what amounts.

Being organic simply means that the nutrient molecules are attached to other molecules containing carbon, which makes it very difficult for them to be absorbed by plants in that state. They have to be broken apart by bacteria and other soil organisms in a decomposition process.

Another thing that is in manure and compost is ammonia, an inorganic form of nitrogen. This nitrogen is attached to hydrogen, and can be toxic in large quantities. Ammonia is often used as a cleaning product. It is the result of a naturally occurring chemical reaction as things break down in soils and compost piles and if you were to put your head into a Compost Tumbler you would experience it firsthand.

These organic compounds and ammonia are applied to the soil by the organic grower. And microbes, worms, and bacteria living in the soil consume these compounds and break them down. As the organic compounds decompose, the nutrients become available to the plants, but this often takes a significant amount of time, especially in the cool early spring, when you're trying to get your plants growing. This is accomplished by two processes, nitrification and mineralization.

The process of turning ammonia into safe and available nitrogen is called nitrification, which is essentially the oxidation of ammonia. The process starts with proteins and breaks them down to ammonia, and then takes ammonia and adds oxygen to it a couple of times to end up with nitrate. Nitrate (nitrogen plus oxygen - NO3)) is the first of the primary plant nutrients that your plants must have to grow.

The processes that take place in making the other 12 nutrients (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, boron, manganese, iron, copper, chlorine, and molybdenum) available to plants are called mineralization. Almost all of these processes also include oxidation reactions, which means that oxygen is used in the process, and the mineral compounds that result include oxygen.

This is important to understand because these oxidation reactions consume the oxygen in your soil. So, the microbes in the soil need oxygen and the plants also need oxygen. Therefore, in addition to the extended time required for decomposition, with competition going on for oxygen, if soil air is limited, the decomposition process suffers, and your plants can suffer as well.

On the other hand, when the grower applies mineral nutrients directly to the soil there is no decomposition or nitrification required, and so the nutrients are immediately available to feed the plants. In addition, the mineral compounds already include oxygen, so there is no competition for available soil air.


And finally, there is no guesswork, and no waste, because the grower knows exactly how much of each of the 13 nutrients that man can provide are being applied to the soil.


Jim Kennard


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Garden Comparison - You Decide - Link Now Public so You Can See It

 

Friends:


My brother attended the Eastern Idaho State Fair a few days ago and observed a "MODEL GARDEN" there.  He felt the need to show people the difference between that more traditional garden and our garden, grown using the Mittleider system.


Here's the link - https://www.facebook.com/royal.kennard/posts/10214305754067134?comment_id=10214306723171361


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Garden Comparison - You Decide :)

 

Friends:


My brother attended the Eastern Idaho State Fair a few days ago and observed a "MODEL GARDEN" there.  He felt the need to show people the difference between that more traditional garden and our garden, grown using the Mittleider system.


Here's the link - https://www.facebook.com/royal.kennard/posts/10214305754067134?comment_id=10214306723171361


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Pollinating Tomatoes and Peppers

 

After watching the short video on pollinating, https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=ewR0DWmKw1A&feature=share in which I said little about tomatoes, and nothing about peppers, a Group member asked me to explain more about pollinating  those two plants


Here is my response:

The short answer is that peppers, like tomatoes, are self-pollinating, because they have both male and female parts in the same flower.  Therefore even slight movement of the plant and its blossoms when they are receptive accomplishes the transfer of the pollen from the male stamen to the female organ called the pistil (comprised of the stigma, style, and ovary)..

If the plant is stressed so that it is not self-pollinating adequately, or if you want to pollinate for some other reason here is a good article on how to pollinate peppers.  https://www.gardeningknowhow. com/edible/vegetables/pepper/ hand-pollinating-peppers.htm


Now, if you're a serious grower who wants to HYBRIDIZE your tomatoes, by crossing one variety with another variety, the process is more complex.  Here is an article, along with pictures, to teach that process.  http://tgrc.ucdavis.edu/ Guidelines_Emasculating_and_ Pollinating_Tomatoes.pdf

Jim Kennard


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[MittleiderMethodGardening] Short Video - Jim Kennard Teaches How to Increase Yields By Pollinating Your Plants

 

Group:


Here's a short video  to help you learn which plants you can pollinate yourself, and how to do it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewR0DWmKw1A&feature=share


Enjoy and tell your friends about it.


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Re: Question about truck farming [MittleiderMethodGardening] Best Gardening Bargain on the Planet! Going Fast!

 

Jim, 
Thanks for the information.
Question:
Would it be practical to use the Mittleider Gardening System to run a small Quarter to half acre Tegucigalpa garden? My garden did decently this season.  I am sure as I learn more and pay more attention to detail, my future attempts will be even better. 
I await your reply, 
Padre James

Padre James Group:

There are so many people who have used The Mittleider Method of gardening to grow large gardens successfully - even commercial gardens - that they probably number in the millions world-wide.

It's interesting though, that whenever someone begins to grow commercially using the Mittleider Method they become very quiet!  They seem to want to keep others from learning what they are doing.  Could it be they want to hold onto the competitive advantage?

Jim Kennard



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On Sep 6, 2017, at 2:39 PM, jim@growfood.com [MittleiderMethodGardening] <MittleiderMethodGardening@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Friends:


 You have told us you want it, and the last Mittleider Gardening Training Certification Boot Camp is scheduled for October 2-7 in Kidder, Missouri.  We're already 1/2-way full before even announcing it formally, so we're excited to see the great response, and I encourage you to act fast and join us for this LAST Training Program!


This is going to be REALLY special!  We will be using the NEW Mittleider Gardening Course book as well as many other great resources and presentations. And Boot Camp Graduates - Certified Mittleider Gardeners with great gardens themselves - will be there working with and coaching you!


The week will be fast-paced and your days will be fully packed with training, demonstrations, and hands-on activities and experiences.  


You'll learn seedling production, growing in the soil and/or in containers (which we call Grow-Boxes), proper feeding - from organic to hydroponic, controlling bugs diseases, vertical growing, extending your growing season both spring and fall, and of course growing to maturity in a small greenhouse,  There's so much more - go to http://growfood.com/shop/mittleider-gardening-certification-training-boot-camp-october-2-7-2017/ to see more details.  


And when you get signed up we'll send you a LOT more information, including pre-attendance study information and instructions.


By the way, are you interested in seeing great Total-Off-Grid homes?  You'll love what you see here in Kidder!


Do you think fall is not a good time?  I suggest it is actually the BEST time to get this training, because you can learn these things, get your garden ready (maybe even with fall/winter plantings), and "hit the ground running" early next year!  


Go to http://growfood.com/shop/mittleider-gardening-certification-training-boot-camp-october-2-7-2017/ and join us for the gardening time of your life!


Jim Kennard

 

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