The Mittleider Method of Gardening
I’ve recently come across a fad of gardening which, although around since 1964 has been making the popular gardening rounds since about 2012. It is known as the Mittleider Method of Gardening. While at the outset it seems to be a sound method of organic gardening and essentially it can be with some modification, the method as promoted utilizes artificial N-P-K as a basis of fertilization.
In a nutshell, the Mittleider Method recognizes that plants require up to 16 “other” minerals in addition to N-P-K. Three of these are obtained through the air and these are: oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. All other nutrients must be provided by nature, in the wild, or by the gardener in domestic propagation.
In researching this method I’ve found that it is the basis of a marketing device for selling books, CD’s, nutrients, and other things. In my fifty odd years of vegetable gardening this is just a variation on a theme of French Intensive Gardening, which I’ve used in myriad forms in the past. The French Intensive Method is an old method going all the way back to the late nineteenth century, well before the introduction of the chemical method, which came into bud after WWI and bloomed after WWII. (Aside: This because the belligerent countries had stockpiles of chemical weapons to use up; this alone speaks volumes for the safety of artificial fertilizers.) Therefore, French Intensive Gardening is a safe, natural, and organic method of vegetable garden cultivation which utilizes frequent and masses of natural fertilizers such as manures, manure teas, and compost given on a regular basis. French Intensive Gardening is a method of free gardening that uses the fertilizers produced at hand on most smallholdings.
In summary, The Mittleider Method of Gardening is just another way to ca$h in on the Green Movement, a gimmick if you will; and, in my opinion, time and effort is better spent in researching and implementing French Intensive Gardening for better quality and increased yields in a smaller space; to say nothing of the cash savings by not spending on a commercial marketing scheme.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.