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Old 04-23-2013, 10:22 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I finally get to watch the video and I like what it has to say. In a way, it is similar to having a raised bed that we mix in with compost and top layer it with mulch to conserve & regulate the moisture. He specifically use composted leaves & wood chips (not fresh) as mulch. I also like what he said about this natural way of fertilizing rather than using chemicals.

I also like one example at the end where they turned a lawn to garden with no digging, just lay down the newspaper top it off the mushroom compost, wood compost and a bit of cow manures. I am starting a couple of flower beds this year so I am going to give this method a try.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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I have had great success with lasagna gardening, which sounds pretty similar to the back to eden method. The soil here is sticky clay, and impossible to dig. I just lay several thicknesses of newspapers down on the area I want to create my garden or bed, wet them thoroughly and then start layering. I use leaves, grass clippings, kitchen scraps - everything I would normally put in my compost pile. The only difference is I do add a layer or two of bagged topsoil and bagged manure. I make the bed about 1 1/2 tall and it does sink down a bit as the layers decompose. Throughout the growing season, I'll mulch with grass clippings. The flowers and veggies I planted in these type beds flourished. And no digging, turning the soil or pulling weeds. Can't beat it.
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