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Old 05-08-2012, 10:28 PM
 
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Is anyone in this forum trying the "Back to Eden" method of gardening? If so, please share your sucesses/failures. Thank you.


Link here to find out about Back to Eden gardening: Welcome to Back to Eden*Film!
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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ive always know this method (or similar) as lasagna gardening, essentially layinering ontop rather than planting IN the existing dirt.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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I have actually just started this in ernest this year. I have been researching 'lasagna gardening' for a long time and practicing it here and there in my gardens, with moderate success. However, I just got my first 2 deliveries of wood chips, totalling about 20 yards of chips and stuff and am in the process of laying it all over my yards, front to back, to kill of the rest of my lawns and start on the composting process. The leaves are already breaking down, and the pine needles are crispy. And the wood chips look much better than the spotty, icky lawn we had before. The entire expanse gives me a blank slate to relandscape into a sustainable landscape, rather than the 'lawn-shrub-tree' that is so prevalent in suburbia. It looks like it will be a good base for the next loads we will get in June, and then again in July. In the Sacramento area, the hot sun, and a little water will break the wood chips down into compost at lightning speed. I plan to be ready to plant in September for the next round of fruit trees and berry bushes.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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ive always know this method (or similar) as lasagna gardening, essentially layinering ontop rather than planting IN the existing dirt.
If I understand correctly this back to eden method requires the plant roots to be planted in the dirt with the compost and mulch layers above. Is that correct Katbarger?
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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I saw the film last summer and decided to garden by his methods. One plus is I found a supply of wood chips that were already deeply composted. Also, I have been building up my soil organically for over 10 years so my soils is fertile.
I placed about 6 inches of the composted woodchips on my garden and this year when I planted I added a small amount of compost in the rows with the seeds.
So far, things are growing great, plus I have the added benefit of no weeds.
I'm not 100% sold on the method but so far, I am convinced it works especially if you have marginally land.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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Default Growing fruit trees and blueberry bushes with Back to Eden method

If I have a 10 or 15 gallon potted fruit tree, do I just start with it on TOP of the land? Lay newspaper, then leaves, pine needles, then wood chips, then manure?
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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You're going to have to put that in the ground. Whatever you put on top of the soil is going to decompose and shrink.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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It's composting in situ. The plants need to have their feet in real soil.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:14 PM
 
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DAMN, I thought MOgal was back.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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DAMN, I thought MOgal was back.
I thought the same thing. Miss her posting. I hate when old threads get revived like that and you think someone is back.


Donna Bielawski - as the others who have answered said, it won't work to just plunk the trees down on top of the mulch layer. They can't form roots to stay upright or get required moisture and nutrients that way. Even if you could pile enough of whatever it is you want to layer around it the tree will die from heat to the roots as the material begins to compost. If anyone has seen a compost pile in mid winter they know it can be steamy hot when turned or even if you stick a shovel in to expose the inner layers.

What they don't seem to tell anyone is that they have years of the upper layers composting and decomposing before they can dig into it to plant larger things like trees. Much of what is planted is put in from seed; any trees will take a long time to go from seed to mature enough to harvest from. From my perspective it is just another gimmick method, with limited success in certain areas with the right topography, sunshine and rain amounts and a source of unlimited chopped and shredded trees.
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