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.

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

Growing in Pots – How Much Fertilizer to Use

Some of you who grow in containers may want to grow in pots of different sizes, and will need to know how much Pre-Plant and Weekly Feed natural mineral nutrients to use. 
Starting from the basics:  Dr. Mittleider tells us to mix 1 1/2 ounce (3 tablespoons, or 9 teaspoons) of Pre-Plant into the soil of an 18″ X 18″ X 2 3/4″ square flat, and 1/2 that amount of Weekly Feed.  All of this before planting seed or seedlings.  Let’s do the math and see how much soil we have, then we can translate it into other size containers.  18 X 18 X 2.75 = 891 cubic inches.  With 1728 cubic inches in 1 cubic foot, we have .5156 cubic feet of material in an 18″ square flat.  We will round to 1/2 cubic foot.
Suppose you have a 6″ round pot that’s 6″ deep, and want to know how much to use.  Multiply pi X radius squared X height, or 3.14156 X 9 X 6 = 169.64.  Divide by 1728, and you have .098, or 1/10th of a cubic foot.
Since you will apply 9 teaspoons of Pre-Plant to 1/2 cubic foot of material, you would apply 2 scant teaspoons to the soil in your 6″ pot.  Plus, you apply 1 scant teaspoon of Weekly Feed.
For on-going feeding of the plants in your pot, you either water with the Constant Feed solution of 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) in 3 gallons of water, or you can sprinkle 1 scant teaspoon of WF on the surface and water it in.
Now suppose your pot is 6″ square, instead of round.  Multiply 6 X 6 X 6 = 216 cu in.  Divide by 1728 = .125, or 1/8th of a cubic foot.  Nine is to .5 as X (the unknown) is to .125 = 2.25.  So you apply 2 1/4 teaspoons of Pre-Plant and 1 1/8 teaspoons of Weekly Feed to a 6″ square pot of soil mix.  Did everyone follow that?  Probably not, but if you will follow those simple formulas you can know how much PP and WF fertilizers to apply to any size container you might be using.
Isn’t it nice to know what you’re doing, and be able to eliminate some of the unknowns in the gardening equation?  For an excellent book on growing in containers get Gardening By The Foot (NOT Square Foot Gardening) by Jacob Mittleider, available at

P.S. The Mittleider Gardening books and Manuals teach all you need to know about this subject, and can be purchased in the Store section, or as digital downloads. 

A digital copy costs 30-40% less, and is available instantly!  I HIGHLY recommend you look here https:// for the best gardening books available anywhere!  Get one NOW and be gardening TODAY