Mittleider gardening takes its name from Jacob Mittleider, who spent the last half of his life teaching people in over two dozen countries to garden efficiently and intensively. Jim Kennard and the Food for Everyone Foundation have taken the Mittleider method to several more countries since 1998.
The mission of the Food for Everyone Foundation is “Teaching the world to grow food one family at a time.” And there’s no question Jim Kennard is a man with a mission. He’s very knowledgeable of his subject.
Incidentally, he has his own program on the Preparedness Radio Network on Friday evenings for an hour at 9:00 Central Time. It’s called “The Family Garden Doctor.” Each point he raises on his show practically deserves a whole hour of its own. It was that way during our conversation on DestinySurvival Radio as well.
Mittleider gardening is a simple, high yield, organic method of gardening. And that makes it suitable for preppers. It’s similar in some respects to square foot gardening. It also has some similarities to hydroponics. Jim and I discussed why it’s called “The poor man’s hydroponics.” It’s also called “The best of organic gardening.”
I’ve become familiar with a number of gardening methods over the years, such as Ruth Stout deep mulch gardening, hydroponics, square foot gardening, and container gardening, as well as Mittleider gardening. They all have their merits.
It was fairly early in DestinySurvival’s history that I began to share info with you about Mittleider gardening. Several books and e-books are available here on this method. They include:
- The Mittleider Gardening Course
- Grow Bed Gardening
- Gardening by the Foot (Container gardening)
- Let’s Grow Tomatoes
- Six Steps to Successful Gardening
- Gardening manuals (9)
If you’ve studied gardening methods and philosophies, you may be aware of differing views on chemical fertilizers vs. using compost, manure, or other organic materials. Mittleider gardening leans toward the chemical fertilizer approach. But the recommended formulas include those all important essential and micro nutrients most of us don’t think about. And yields prove the plants can’t do without them.
If you haven’t looked into Mittleider gardening, check it out. It could help boost your survival gardening endeavors.
If you’ve tried Mittleider gardening or have thoughts on the gardening method that works best for you, why not leave a comment and tell others about it.