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Post  has55 3/7/2021, 11:29 am

This video was impressive. The Mittleider garden system is similar to SFG, but instead of 4ft x 4 ft square foot boxes, they use 2ft wide squares boxes to desired length. The also use sand and sawdust, where the new SFG uses mixed compost supplies and the old SFG uses the existing soil plus compost.
I would like to know has anyone use their fertilizing formula for additional nutrient support?

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Post  OhioGardener 3/7/2021, 12:18 pm

I had learned of the Mittleider Gardening Method many years ago, when I was actively teaching courses on Organic Gardening, and largely discounted it. If one builds good garden soil, the fertilizer regimen recommended by this program is unnecessary.  Good quality compost will build good soil with an active Living Soil Food Web which will supply all of the nutrients necessary to grow healthy plants. Likewise, the "magic" micro-nutrients they sold were unnecessary in living soil food web soil. I like to mimic nature as much as possible, and these types of programs have no nature attributes in them. But, that is just my 2 cents worth, with change....

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Post  has55 3/7/2021, 8:41 pm

OG, Thank you for your comment. we gardener are always experimenting. 
Robert of garden myth had some great stuff to say about what really going on with what we call finish compost. explaining the compost is still breaking down for one to 5 year as a slow fertilizer of living organism. This is why Mr. Johnson said my bioreactor need to mature for a year before using. 
also when I posted my  6 month soil web report which showed I still had lots of material available to feed the microbes, but biology was healthy and in abundance. we do things in our garden that is laborious and less laborious, but don't mention it till someone asked. I'm about organics and that why I'm doing the dirt doctor organic certification program organic certification program, but want to see if one or some  of our members has been working a combination of both practices and what is their results. 
 esp since I went back to the old SFG system, which decrease my cost and labor time significantly for the 15 garden beds with three more 20 footers on their way. 
This is no different of me asking if anyone uses refrigerator for SFG beds but don't talk about it. I would like to hear out of the box thinking, It refreshing and liberating. The group has been fantastic at giving great ideas. Thanks again.
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