Gardening by the Foot – a Treasure for Raised-Bed or Container Gardeners

I have said nothing about this book for a long time, for just one reason. Our inventory of books had brittle binding glue and the pages would fall out at the least provocation.

We’ve finally solved the problem! We purchased a machine and re-bound this great gardening book ourselves, using a Plastic Comb Binder.

Now that we don’t have to worry about them falling apart on you, let me tell you why those growing in containers need to consider getting your copy NOW, while they are available (Grow-Box Gardens, Let’s Grow Tomatoes, and Grow-Bed Gardening are all out of print).

Gardening by the Foot is filled with almost 250 pictures illustrating 140 pages of Jacob’s great how-to instructions on every aspect of growing in containers.

Vegetable plants need 13 mineral nutrients, and in GBTF you’ll learn how to give them exactly what they need, unlike Square Foot Gardening that promotes compost as sufficient to grow healthy plants.

Following are the chapter headings:

1. Introduction
2. Why use Mini Grow-Boxes?
3. What are mini Grow-Boxes?
4. Choosing a Location
5. preparing the area for Mini-Frames
6. Tools and Materials
7. How to Make Mini Grow-Boxes
8. Filling Grow-Boxes with Soil
9. Pre-plant Fertilizers
10. Starting Plants from Seed
11. Planting Seed in Mini-Boxes
12. Transplanting into Mini-Boxes
13. Making markers and Marking Mini-Boxes
14. Fertilizing Crops in Mini-Boxes
15. Common Garden Problems
16. Increasing Yields in Ever-bearing Crops
17. Transplanting Gallon-Size Plants into Mini-Boxes
18. Installing an Automated Watering System
19. Harvesting
20. “A” Frames and Greenhouses
21. Installing Strings to Hold Tall Plants
22. What To Do With Trouble
23. Soil Maggots
24. Nutrient Deficiencies and Corrections
25. Units of Measure

Are you serious about growing your own food? Get Gardening by the foot and SEE how the best gardener in the world did it – in his own backyard garden and in 27 countries around the world.

For a paper copy you can mark up and take to the garden with you, go to

Or you can get the digital download instantly and save a few bucks by going to

Be patient, you have to scroll down the page past several other books.

What fertilizer formula do I use? Every book is different.

As Dr. Mittleider’s experience and knowledge grew the formulas changed. The latest formulas are on the internet site and in The Mittleider Gardening Course, so use those. However, rather than searching all over for materials, you can get the micro-nutrients pre-mixed from us here, if you choose, and then mix them with something like 16-16-16 plus Epsom Salt (I give you the amounts and instructions with the Micro’s) for a close second choice.

Which Book should I Read?

For Grow-Box gardening, the book with that title, as well as Gardening By The Foot, and Let’s Grow Tomatoes are all three very good. Grow Box Gardening was the first, and is loved by many thousands of people. It is illustrated graphically. The other two teach using hundreds of actual pictures from Mittleider gardens, with accompanying descriptions and instructions.

Grow-Bed Gardening is excellent for learning The Mittleider Method of gardening in the soil using ridged soil-beds. It is very comprehensive, again using pictures throughout, and even teaches greenhouse construction and seedling production.

The Mittleider Gardening Course covers all the above topics very well. It is graphical in its presentation, and is the student workbook in classes that we teach at Food For Everyone Foundation. For more information about on-site training, go to the Foundation page of the website.

The Garden Doctor is a one-of-a-kind 3 volume set for showing and teaching nutrient deficiency symptoms and corrective treatments to the serious grower. It is filled with several hundred excellent color photos, and should be in every serious vegetable gardener’s library.

6 Steps To Successful Gardening is a great book for those just getting started. It is an easy and enjoyable introduction to The Mittleider Method of raised-bed gardening in a graphical instruction format, and includes several good recipes for using the vegetables you grow.