Is tomato gardening one of your favorites hobbies?
Or are you looking for something to change your LACK of success in tomato gardening into a pastime you CAN enjoy.
We always hope for that fresh-picked ripe-from-the-garden juiciness and flavor, right?And wouldn’t you like to grow your own!
Now you can! The Mittleider Method of gardening can produce 100 tons of tomatoes on one acre! And that’s without tractors & equipment, or expensive greenhouses.
You may only have 250 square feet for your garden, but at 100 tons per acre, that means you can grow over 1,000 pounds of tomatoes in your 250 square feet!
How is this possible, since commercial growers of field-grown tomatoes do well to produce 30-35 tons per acre?!
I’ll describe “The poor man’s hydroponic method” of growing in a 1-acre garden, using raised beds, or Grow-Boxes, as Dr. Jacob R. Mittleider calls them. See much more in The Mittleider Gardening Course.
Just think - one acre of tomatoes grown successfully using this method, and selling them for just $.50 per pound, would yield $100,000 per year!Even 250 square feet could produce $500! How is it possible?
One acre (43,560 square feet), will accommodate 312 30′-long rows of tomatoes, grown in 4′ X 30′ Grow-Boxes, with 3 1/2′ side aisles, 5′ end aisles, and 5′ aisles around the perimeter.
That many boxes will growtwelve thousand eight hundred tomato plants when planted 9″ apart, or 41 per bed.
By growing a medium-large tomato averaging 8 ounces (some varieties actually average 10-12 ounces), feeding and watering properly, and growing vertically, each plant should produce 16# of fruit from July through October in a zone 6 area like Salt Lake City, Utah.
Good varieties like Better Boy and Big Beef will produce a “hand” of 3-7 tomatoes every 5-7″ up a 7′ stem in 4 months’ production. Using 4 per hand X 12 hands X 1/2# per tomato you get 24#. And I will reduce that by 33%, in order to be very conservative.
This amounts to 204,672 pounds of tomatoes - or $102,336 at $.50 per pound. Maybe you can live off the land!
There certainly are costs - as there are to any business, such as,
1) creating and filling the boxes,
2) making T-Frames,
3) wires or pipes - and baling twine strings, and
4) automating the watering.
These are the major costs, but they are one-time capital expenditures, and will be more than recovered in the first year.
Now, suppose you’d like to increase your yield even further. Consider the fact that hydroponic growers can grow 330 tons or 660,000# per yearon one acre. Of course, they have millions of dollars invested in year-round greenhouses, etc.
By simply putting an arched PVC roof over each pair of your Grow-Boxes, and covering them with 6 mil greenhouse plastic, you can lengthen your growing season by between one and two months, or as much as 30-50%!
Now you’re looking at 250,000-300,000# of tomatoes per acre, and almost half the yield of the expensive hydroponic growers - but your costs are a tiny fraction of theirs!
Plus you’re growing “in the dirt”, because your boxes are open at the bottom, so your plants get all the natural nutrients available to them from the soil.
And you don’t use the greenhouse covering all the time, so your plants benefit from direct sunlight as well.Imagine That! And your garden can qualify as an organic garden, if you do everything properly and don’t use any pesticides or herbicides.
Do you think these numbers are hard to believe? Just visit a greenhouse tomato operation and see tomato plants that are 20′ and still producing after more than a year!
Several of Dr. Mittleider’s books teach tomato production, and I encourage you to read them.
Look for Let’s Grow Tomatoes, Gardening By The Foot, and
Grow-Bed Gardening– all available separately as digital downloads at www.howtoorganicgarden.com,or as part of theMittleider Gardening Library CDat www.growfood.com.
Would you also like to SEE how it’s done?Pictures of the 320 plants I’m growing on 1200 square feet adjacent to Utah’s Hogle Zoo, in Salt Lake City, are posted at MittleiderMethodGardening@yahoogroups.com, in the Photos section.