Paul Gautchi was having difficulties growing his vegetables in his garden. One day he noticed something u unusual. As he bent down and dug his hands into the forest floor brushing aside the layers of twigs and needles and leave, there was rich organic humus. BLACK EARTH! Seemed to him that somehow without MANS intervention of tilling and weeding and watering and chemical fertilizers, that this soil was was doing quite well without MAN! THUS The Back To Eden Garden Method was uncovered!
-The Back To Eden Garden method really is a simple approach to gardening. It creates a sustainable soil and environment for plants to thrive. The foundation is layering and wood chips. The re-creation and mimicking of nature is the foundation of the method. Too many people get wrapped up in just the wood chips. Paul started off with wood chips which does have a perfect nitrogen carbon balance when it breaks down. The recipe involves starting with wood chips, allowing them to break down over a period of time then adding that layer to the garden. As the wood chips continue to break down one can layer other organic mulch and compost and manure on top to assist in feeding the soil. Over time what will happen is soil will be created. There is no weeding for the wood-chips choke out the weeds. There is minimal watering for the water retention and moisture management created by the wood chips virtually eliminate that. Pest control isn't a issue for this natural method seems to take care of it. No tilling no digging. And it creates such a bio diverse soil for your plants that the gardening season is extended and the tolerance of the plants are increased!
Dr Mercola wrote a excellent article on why we need to be looking at The Back To Eden Garden method for ourselves and the planet!!
What he pointed out in his article is so many of us fail to realize is that OUR health ultimately depends on the health of the soil . Its a fact that when soils are depleted of nutrients, the foods grown in it will be deficient lacking in the important minerals and phytonutrients we require!
Unfortunately, the Earth's soils today is depleted and raped of all the nutrients we need. Then when man gets involved we look towards other means of making the situation better such as correcting the soils and adding more chemical fertilizers we defeat the purpose of eating fresh!
Thus the fresh vegetables we think are healthy really are toxic!
"The "magical" ingredient that maintains and maximizes soil health is actually the microorganisms living in the soil. This includes bacteria, fungi, protozoa and microscopic roundworms called nematodes.
Far from being scourges to be avoided, microorganisms are an essential necessity for optimized plant growth."
The Back To Eden Garden method actually provides a environment for all of this good bacteria to thrive and live. Reflecting back to nature and its self sustainability. When left alone the forest floor and covered ground has the ability to turn itself into lush compost adding nutrient BACK to the soil. A win win situation for a Gardner with any type of SOIL!
If you are struggling with your garden, if you are still tilling and weeding and wasting precious water on feeding your plants daily. STOP. Look into the Back To Eden garden method. Start with trying to locate wood chips. Let them age for at least a couple months. Remember its all about layering. So once you get established you can add other layers such as organic compost, leaves grass clipping and manure. Dont disturb the ground. Dont till! Allow nature to do what its intended to do.
You will see the fruit of less work in harvest time where if anything, this is where you will work the hardest..picking your produce!