Growing Tomatoes, etc. in Early Spring - "Poor Man's Hydroponics"

Written by Jim Kennard, President - Food For Everyone Foundation


Q. I've heard about so many ways to grow tomato and other tender plants early - from using Wall-O-Water's to takingrepparttar bottom out of wastebaskets, and they all seem to be a lot of work, with no guarantee of success. What do you suggest for someone who's serious about growingrepparttar 113314 high-value crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants?

A. If you are only growing a few plantsrepparttar 113315 methods you use may not be all that important. However, if you are wanting to grow a sizeable garden or maximize your production, you should pay careful attention torepparttar 113316 following procedures as taught byrepparttar 113317 Garden Doctor, Jacob Mittleider. Dr. Mittleider's methods have been extensively tested and proven highly effective in 30 countries aroundrepparttar 113318 world. If these instructions seem difficult or too much work, just consider that you are learning "The Poor Man's Hydroponic System" that will give you yields of tasty and healthy vegetables between 3 and 10 times what your neighbors get. Here is a summary ofrepparttar 113319 procedures:

1. Plant your tomato, pepper, or eggplant seeds 8 to 12 weeks beforerepparttar 113320 average last spring frost date - 8 weeks for 8-10" plants in 4" pots, and 12 weeks for 12-14" plants in gallon pots. Peppers and eggplant will take a little longer than tomatoes.

2. Prepare growing mix by combining 25-35% sand and 65-75% sawdust (or other clean material such as peat moss or perlite, etc.), and addingrepparttar 113321 Mittleider Pre-Plant Mix atrepparttar 113322 rate of 1 1/2 ounces per 18" X 18" X 2 3/4" seedling flat. You can make your own natural mineral nutrient mixes by looking inrepparttar 113323 Fertilizer pages ofrepparttar 113324 Learn section onrepparttar 113325 website at http://foodforeveryone.org/soil_bed_fertilizing/49/how-do-i-mix-the-pre-plant-formula.

3. Using plain water, thoroughly wetrepparttar 113326 mixed materials, let sit overnight, then plant about 100 seeds in each of 6 or 7 very shallow rows inrepparttar 113327 flat and sprinkle sand overrepparttar 113328 top, just sufficient to coverrepparttar 113329 seeds.

4. Place burlap overrepparttar 113330 flat, water gently so as not to moverepparttar 113331 seeds, and keeprepparttar 113332 soil moist, but not soaking wet in temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees fahrenheit. No light is needed, but cold temperatures will kill germinating seeds, so pay particular attention to maintaining temperatures in this range if possible.

5. As soon as sprouts emerge, water throughrepparttar 113333 burlap, then removerepparttar 113334 burlap and placerepparttar 113335 flat in full light all day long. Waiting even a few hours will cause your plants to "stretch" looking for sunlight, and will create long, skinny, weak stems, from which your plants will never fully recover. Temperatures can now be cooler than for germination, but remember that your plants will go dormant if temperatures go much below 60 degrees for any length of time.

6. Begin watering daily or as needed to maintain soil moisture, withrepparttar 113336 Constant Feed solution of 1 ounce Weekly Feed mix in 3 gallons of water (16 ounces in a 55 gallon barrel). Continue withrepparttar 113337 Constant Feed watering until plants are placed inrepparttar 113338 garden.

How to Grow Healthy Food

Written by Linda Paquette


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How to Grow Healthy Food

To grow healthy food, you literally have to start at rock bottom. No matter what youíre growing, from chickpeas to chickens,repparttar truth is that you are what they eat!

Itís no secret that all life begins withrepparttar 113313 soil. Although it may look like dirt torepparttar 113314 naked eye, organically rich soil is a living, breathing community of microorganisms. These little denizens ofrepparttar 113315 dirt are born, grow, breed, give birth and die leaving an estate of nutrition-filled remains torepparttar 113316 soil. While they live, many of these little critters feed on undesirable elements like harmful bacteria.

Every year, gardeners spend thousands of dollars on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides that are little more than a quick fix to gardening problems and create long-term health hazards for everyone, from humans to single-celled organisms inrepparttar 113317 soil. If you really want to grow healthy food,repparttar 113318 first step is to keep your underground colony in good health.

There are two things you need to do to maintain healthy soil. The first is to keep outrepparttar 113319 chemicals. The second is to add rich organic matter to your soil at regular intervals. Keep outrepparttar 113320 chemicals

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