Saturday, May 4, 2013

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 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.


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 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.



  1. you said 3/4 cup weekly feed mixture but you didn't explain for how many rows or how long of a row? Please clarify.

    1. Thank you for pointing that out! The 3/4 cup is for a 3x8 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.