Fertilizing and weeding
Well its been 14 days since my first gardening post. I thought I'd share our progress using the Mittleider Gardening Method. Everything is going great so far we re-tilled the rows and re-packed the raised bed rows and weeded. I have seen signs of squash bugs already though, so I heavily applied Diatomaceous Earth* to the base and stems. I'll let you know how that works I really don't want to use poisons in my garden............
|We have been going by the Mittleider Gardening Method book to fertilize the garden this year. He suggest that you fertilize every week using his fertilizer recipe. I was sceptical at first but my husband was was convinced it would work. We don't have the best soil, it was a pine forest about 5 years ago and it is black, sticky and stinky. We added manure, peat and sand. Last year we used miracle grow spray on fertilizer. We are getting better results this year and its much cheaper than miracle grow.|
Weeding is very important when growing vegetables. The raised beds make it a little easier on your back. It also make watering a snap. I just turn the hose on low and let it fill each row while I look for tomato worms and pull weeds. You should NEVER water your tomatoes by spraying the leaves. This will cause bottom-rot. Another reason for bottom-rot is calcium deficiency. Apply calcium now to avoid this problem when your tomatoes are baring.
Click here to see the garden 14 days ago!
If you are interested in Dr. Mittleider's fertilizer formula click on the book to learn more: