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Organic Or Chemical – Or Both? What Kind of Vegetable Garden Should You Grow

Today we will discuss a fundamental question in gardening. Previously I was posed this question: “I hear that chemicals are poisoning our waterways, and that organic growing is much healthier than using chemicals. What’s the truth, and how do I grow a healthy, productive, and sustainable garden without hurting the environment?” This important question deserves […]

Natural or Synthetic Fertilizers In the Vegetable Garden- What’s the Difference & Which Should I Use

What does “Natural” mean, and what does “Synthetic” mean? And exactly what makes synthetically produced fertilizers, if there is such a thing in the first place, any worse for your garden than naturally produced ones? This is one area in which a lot of balony gets thrown around – and regrettably believed by many good […]

Organic or Chemical Feeding of Plants – What’s Best

A fundamental question in vegetable gardening is – what is the proper use of organic and/or chemical materials? Let’s determine the truth of the matter, with four basic principles and a few brief examples from Dr. Jacob R. Mittleider’s worldwide experience. I. First, let’s consider what plants need, and where and how they get it. […]

Concerned About Using “Chemicals” on Plants You Plan on Eating?

Two typical areas of concern about using chemicals in the garden are contamination of food & the ground water. A natural concern of many people is the use of mineral nutrients from commercial sources in their vegetable gardens. They want to know if minerals would, or even could 1) contaminate the food they eat or […]

Problems with Using Manure in the Vegetable Garden

Are there really problems with using manure and compost in your garden?  I’ve listed seven main areas where problems occur, and a couple of dozen statements on the details. I.The nutrient value of manure/compost is unknown: A. Nutritional adequacy and balance in the original plants is unknown B. Much is lost before it reaches your […]

Natural vs Synthetically Produced Fertilizers

What does “Natural” mean, and what does “Synthetic” mean? And exactly what makes commercially (synthetically?) produced fertilizers any worse for your garden than naturally produced ones? This is one area in which a lot of baloney gets thrown around – and regrettably too often believed by many good people. The simplest and most natural of […]

Manure or Minerals – A Comparison

Some have expressed concern about using chemicals to feed their plants, wanting to stay away from “synthetic” materials. Others don’t know how much to use. Let’s review some basics! Suppose you have a garden 20′ X 30′ and you want to have a good yield of healthy tomatoes. A common practice is to work 3-4″ […]

Manure from Feed Lots – Environmental & Human Health Impact – Dr. Mercola

What Happens When Thousands of Animals are Raised in One Small Space? While the implications for the animals are obvious, the impact on the environment is very well concealed from public view. When you raise thousands of animals, you’re left with a lot of waste. In a small farm setting, that waste is used to […]

Concerned About Using Chemical Fertilizers?

Concerned about using “chemicals” on plants you plan on eating? Two typical areas of concern – contamination of food & the ground water. A natural concern of many people is the use of mineral nutrients from commercial sources in their vegetable gardens. They want to know if minerals would, or even could 1) contaminate the […]

“Chemical” Fertilizer or “Organic” – Which is “Bad”?

Recently two questions were posed to me by a Mittleider Method gardener who came from a background of using only manure and compost. This person asked: 1. What is the difference between the Mittleider fertilizers and “organic fertilizer”? And why do some “organic-only” users say ours are bad? 2. Do you not recommend building our […]