If you have a Farmer's Association anywhere close, they have the best prices that I have found for both lime and Epsom salt. They also sell in bulk, depending on the size of your garden.
Pharmacies always have the Epsom salt, but I've found it to be much cheaper to purchase (if the FA was out) in the garden areas of Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Wal-Mart. For some reason, if it's for a bath, it's priced higher than for the garden.
Wal-Mart usually has the best price for Borax (in the detergent aisle), but if they're out, try some of the smaller grocery stores. They carry it more often than the bigger chains.
Watering according to the Mittleider Method consists of watering only the root zone of the plants, and doing it often enough to maintain soil moisture at all times without water-logging the plants.
To accomplish these things we raise the actual planting area an inch or two above the surrounding aisles; we level the planting area and put ridges around it, to hold the water and assure it reaches all plants in the bed without running off at one end; we use hoses or drilled PVC pipe to water fast, rather than using soakers or drip irrigation, so we also know how much water is being applied; and we do it without sprinkling, so as not to encourage diseases.
Amount of fertilizer for pots.
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.
Food shortage is a real thing in most of the less developed countries. But even in States where food is abundant in supermarkets and stores, a natural disaster might find you left stranded from any fresh or any supply of food. With climate change a pressing issue every season, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes might push you into creating an emergency food supply. That’s if you want to be responsible and plan ahead; you may not realize it now, but this precautionary measures might help you survive a disaster for weeks. The trick for achieving such an impressive result lies in rationing your acquisitions according to the list of purchases we suggest you follow to the letter over the next year. The tutorial featured here is very simple: start the buying spree with 6 pounds of salt in the first week, continue with 5 cans of chicken cream soup and so on until week 52. Each of the items on the list doesn’t require more than $5 per week and they will last for a while.
This should be enough to sustain two people for one year. For every two people in your family add $5.00 more and double or triple the amount of the item you are buying that week.
If you can not afford more than the $5.00 a week for the whole family at least do the $5.00, it’s a start.
Remember to mark the date on each item when you buy them and use the oldest first.
Here is the list of purchases you need to make weekly / for One Full Year …
500 pounds of wheat 180 pounds of sugar 40 pounds of powdered milk 12 pounds of salt 10 pounds of honey 5 pounds peanut butter 40 cans of tomato soup 15 cans of cream of mushroom soup 15 cans of cream of chicken soup 24 cans of tuna 21 boxes of macaroni and cheese 500 aspirin 1000 multi-vitamins 6 pounds of yeast 6 pounds of shortening 12 pounds of macaroni *( this is an example, you can substitute some food items)
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