Monday, September 19, 2011

Back to Eden–a must-see gardening film

A friend sent me a link to the teaser for a recent documentary called Back to Eden. It’s about the gardening philosophy and techniques of Paul Gautschi. He said that if I watched the teaser that I would then watch the full video (which is available to be viewed online free). He was right. I’ve watched it twice so far, and it is excellent! It’s inspiring. I will be implementing the methods Paul talks about in the film as I am able, starting right now.

If you already grow your own food/garden or are interested in doing so, this is a must see film. Watch the teaser and see if it doesn’t pique your interest and prompt you to watch the full film.

Now, follow this link to watch the full-length film:

Let me know what you think.


Blacksmith Chase

Awesome video!!!!!!! I can't wait to watch the rest of it.


What an inspiration. Thanks for sharing, Darryl.


Way cool! I'm gonna do this, I already got some goodies here from the power company tree guys.... what a way to keep my compost where it should be and keep improving the soil!


Thanks SO much for the link. This is a NOURISHING film! Truly. Jennifer in western NC


This is really interesting. Have you tried it? If so, does it work for you?


just found your blog . . . and am enjoying it! but it seem as tho you are writing anymore. Hope I'm just not looking straight : )


Nance, I haven't written or posted anything for this blog in several months, but I've not given up on it yet. I will start back around the beginning of the year, if all goes well.


My hubby & I bought 6 1/2 acres in Taylor Co. KY last fall and have been greatly simplifying our lives. I have seen the Back to Eden film and was so impressed. I just saw your blog about it and am wondering how well it worked for your family. We have several loads of wood chips but still need to get more compost materials and prepare for this years plantings. I can't wait to get started!


Thanks for the inquiry. That's a question I've been thinking that I really need to answer anyway.

The method was very promising, and it worked well for us up to a point. The problems we experienced were not a fault with the concept; we needed to do a couple of things differently.

It was nice to be able to get into the garden and plant things as early as possible without worrying about mud. Things grew well and weeds pulled easily. But, as the summer drew on, we ended up with quite a few weeds that didn't get removed because of other priorities. The weeds would have been mitigated if we had done two things differently:

1. Put down a layer of kill mulch before
adding the wood chips (newspaper or
cardboard). We didn't do this and we
should have.

2. Have a deeper layer of wood chips. We
had places where there were fewer chips
than there should have been (aim for 6").

Other than that, it worked great. It held moisture and things grew well. When we can get more chips, we will try it again. I've heard from a friend who's done it, using the kill mulch layer, and his results have been great.

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