Back to Eden
Has anyone seen the Back to Eden gardening method in person? The guy who came up with the method seems intent on twisting the method into a Biblical narrative (and he unbelievably tortures a few Bible passages to make them fit his gardening vision), but his system seems pretty sound. The system’s premise is simple: bare ground is bad, covered ground is good. If you strip away everything from your ground, it becomes hard and lifeless. If you keep it covered, it will thrive.
The premise fits well with everything I’ve read and learned during my first four years of gardening (in fact, I have a small parcel of ground that, I discovered last Sunday, fits the premise; it was rich with compost and organic matter when I stripped it in late July, but it’s hard and barely gardenable now, just five weeks later). I’ve started converting my side yard into an Eden garden. I still need a lot more wood chips (the preferred ground cover), but it’s coming along. I’d be curious to hear if anyone else has seen this system in action.
I’m also giving my Mary garden an Eden twist, using wood chips to keep the ground vibrant for next year (when it will house four indeterminate tomato plants):
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