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Episode Info: Replay of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener Radio Show from 7-28-18 on 860AM WNOV and W293cx 106.5 FM Milwaukee WI, listen here during show hours Saturdays 9-10 am CST Thank you for listening and downloading the show Topics: Joey and Holly talk about who influenced you to garden, the mittleider garden method, and Guest Jan Bujan of Joey and Holly tells Who influenced them to get into garden? Mittleider came up with this method in the mid-70’s Mittleider grow box. The box is basically a raised contained bed with the bottom in contact with regular soil. The substrate used to fill the box is soilless, roughly one-third sand and two-thirds sawdust. The highlights of Dr. Mittleider’s system begin with the idea that crops can be grown in any soil with the proper nutrients introduced and in a closely planted small space. He believed that even a 4-foot Mittleider grow box was sufficient to fulfill much of an individual’s produce needs. The substrate can contain several different mediums but is generally a 50-75 percent sawdust or peat moss mixture with 50-25 percent sand, perlite or Styrofoam pellet addition. The first part has good water retention while the lesser part has very little. Seeds are closely sown and vertical gardening assistances are installed to enhance space and encourage upward growth. The remainder needed to be injected into the soil. Plants are fed with the nutrients every week rather than traditional methods which only fertilize a few times during the plant’s life span. The water system is another important aspect. Directly running lines to slowly water roots daily rather than soaking the area several times a week provides a more economical and beneficial uptake. Formulating Your Own Mittleider Fertilizer You can go to the Food for Everyone Foundation and order the packets of micronutrients, which are then mixed with 3 pounds of Epsom Salt and 20 pounds of 16-8-16, 20-10-20 or 16-16-16-16 NPK organic fertilizer. The micronutrients in the packet are calcium, magnesium, sulfur and 7 trace elements. Jan is the blogger on In the Garden with Grandma which is a website devoted to gardening with children and helping to Grow the Gardeners of Tomorrow. It's a place where families are encouraged to unplug their devices, and together, plug into Mother Nature instead! 1.How did you get into gardening – as we talked about earlier in the show – who influenced you? 2. Why do you feel its so important to have children work in the garden? 3.What ages of children are best for starting to learn to garden? 4.Everyone, especially children, are distracted and love their electronic devices. How do you keep them engaged in gardening? 5.What are some items you reuse for the garden that make gardening easier for kids? 6.How do people find out more about you and your website? check out highlights of past show pod...
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