There are two things that I love about my Back to Eden garden. The first is that I don’t have to water unless I’m germinating seeds. The rain does it all. I’ve pulled back the covering and checked the soil. It’s damp, but not soaked, a good 6″ down, even if we’ve gone through a dry spell. The second think I love is the weeding… or lack thereof.
Back to Eden Gardening
Back to Eden gardening is a simple organic gardening method that mimics nature, with layers of decomposing materials that nourish the garden. When you have achieved an established Back to Eden garden, care is minimal since the garden cares for itself and provides most of its own needs. That's the beauty of this permaculture idea. Everything working together so there is less work for you. That's certainly the kind of gardening I enjoy!
Below you will find out exactly how to start and enjoy some no weeding, no watering, high yield Back to Eden gardening!
We have so many exciting things happening on The 104 Homestead this 2015 season. We’re increasing our duck flock, we’re adding quail, but most exciting is that we are changing the way we garden. Wait… there’s more than one way to garden? Why yes, my friends, there are many ways to garden. Today I’m going to introduce you to the concept Back to Eden gardening.
One of the biggest concerns I hear from people when I tell them about our Back to Eden garden is “don’t the wood chips bind up the nitrogen?” I understand their concern. For those of you who know composting basics, you need a good ratio of greens and browns to create quality compost. Here I am dumping a bunch of browns in my garden and leaving it at that. Yikes!
But it doesn’t bind up the nitrogen and we add fertilizers to help the gardens further. Let me explain…
I have been very impressed with the results I’ve seen in my Back to Eden vegetable garden, so naturally I looked for new ways to implement this permaculture technique. In the past, I’ve discussed my love for container gardening. Even though my vegetable garden has grown exponentially, I still utilize containers throughout our property. I decided to try something wacky and use the principles of Back to Eden in my containers.
I have heard marvelous things not only about the yield of potatoes that come from a Back to Eden Garden, but the cleanliness of the potatoes as well. Being a Mainer, it is my duty to plant and harvest great potatoes (our state produces 1.5 billion pounds of the US’s potatoes each year). Potatoes are one of the only crops with which you break the “Back to Eden” rules with.