High Brix Gardening Simplified

Q.   I am looking for information on the High Brix gardening technique.  It sounds like it is compatable with your method. Perhaps it focuses more on trace minerals.  See the Highbrixgardens.com.  Do you have any info on Brix?
A.  The gentleman you cite has a very complex and difficult formula to achieve high brix vegetables in the garden.
The Mittleider Method gives you high brix vegetables and fruits consistently, and without waiting two or three years to build up the soil.
Much of what he says has merit, but achieving the desired results is SO MUCH EASIER than he makes it.  Foliar sprays are not necessary, except in extreme situations.  And the fertilizer regimen is something else!


Applying the Pre-Plant mix of calcium, magnesium, and boron does the job for the important “Foundation” nutrient.  And weekly feeding with the balanced Weekly Feed nutrient mix keeps the plants growing fast and healthy.
It feels as if someone is selling lots of fancy items, when all you need is the basic fertilizer formulas.
Of course sunlight, watering, and eliminating weeds are also essential.  However, with all the complexity he puts into everything else, it would be nice if he made watering simple by watering in level, ridged beds daily, instead of dealing with composts, etc., etc.  And weeding would be taken care of much better, easier, and cheaper by putting a 2-way hoe in your hands.

Natural Minerals & High Brix Levels for Super Healthy Plants (and People!)

Q.  Your method of gardening seems to be most effective but what about the soil?  Don’t the chemical fertilizers kill the good bugs so that the soil becomes lifeless?

Q2.  How does your system measure up against the teachings of high brix levels?

A.  These are excellent – and very important – questions!

1)  The Mittleider Method of gardening DOES NOT kill the good bugs in the soil.  The amount of fertilizer salts applied to the soil is VERY SMALL – even much smaller than a typical application of manure by a family gardener using that as their source of plant nutrition.

Five applications (typical application for many single-crop varieties) of Mittleider Magic Weekly Feed contain about 2 1/4# of mineral salts.  That amount is applied to the soil of an 18″ X 30′-long soil-bed over a 6-8 week period, and is mixed with about 3,000# of soil.  All 13 natural mineral plant nutrients are represented in that 2 1/4# – not just nitrogen.

A single 2 1/2″-deep application of manure in the same 30′-long soil-bed would amount to about 10 cubic feet, would weigh a couple of hundred pounds, and would contain about 2# EACH of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash – PLUS another pound or so of other salts, INCLUDING sodium chloride, or table salt.

The manure is typically applied ALL AT ONCE, and often burns or even kills many of the small seedlings gardeners are trying so hard to grow.

2)  Vegetables and fruits grown using the Mittleider Method consistently have high brix levels.  One of the primary ingredients in plant sap that produce high brix levels is calcium, and Dr. Jacob Mittleider has always taught that “calcium is the FOUNDATION of a good feeding program”, while most other gardening regimens ignore orseriously underestimate the importance of adding calcium to the soil.

In addition to the calcium, Mittleider Method-fed vegetables have a constant supply of tiny amounts of ALL 13 natural mineral plant nutrients.  They are watered consistently and often, and these are the reasons they are SO healthy, SO tasty, and SO disease and bug resistant.

I invite more reading about high brix levels in the articles and in the Files section in the MittleiderMethodGardening group on yahooGroops.com.