After last year's accidental garden, I am pleased to announce this year that I will be intentionally planting a garden via the Mittleider method. I am doing a five foot garden in my back yard, and my sister and I are doing a joint garden in her back yard with four 11' rows.
I went to a seminar about the method a month or so ago, and I am excited to try. The rows are 18" wide and spaced 3'6" apart for maximum sunlight. The wide rows allow for two mounds of dirt down the sides of rows rather than the traditional mound down the middle. You plant at the base of one mound between the two so that the plants are protected from the elements, and you save water because it just stays in the little ditch, and you don't have to water all over. This also helps prevent weeds in the aisles.
There is a weekly feed mix and a pre-planting mix of fertilizer, too, which I have mixed and applied. The garden grows vertically up to t-posts, which allows for more sun and air. If you want to learn more about the method email me (jenny AT hurricanetimes DOT com) or go to Yahoo, Groups, Family & Home, Gardening, and join the Mittleider Method group. I got some great diagrams on how to build T-posts from the yahoo group.