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Welcome to our “Back to Eden” gardening page!

The “Back to Eden” garden system is something that has been around for quite a while, but we just learned about it a few months back. Everything about it just seems to make good sense to us! After the initial work of placing the mulch, there is very little work that needs to be done! No more weeding, and very little watering.

If you’re not familiar with this growing system, you should check out the full documentary at this website: http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/

In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy checking out some of the ways we have used this system in our own yard. Enjoy!

Here we start our first Back to Eden project. In this video we are preparing our ground for growing corn. We start by laying several layers of newspaper and then topping it with 4-6 inches of wood chips. We were able to get our wood chips for free from our local township grounds department.

We we continue the project to actually begin planting the corn. We made trenches in the mulch to expose the ground beneath to plant the corn into. We then applied a layer of rock dust. This will re-mineralize the soil to make our crop healthier and more disease resistant. Next we applied some organic chicken manure based fertilizer. Finally, we topped everything off with a layer of worm castings. This should give our corn plants a good healthy start.

Once the corn reaches knee-high, we will rake the mulch back into the trenches. That will help to keep the weeds down, keep the soil moist, and help to keep the corn standing tall in strong winds.

Our next Back to Eden gardening project is a Berry Patch.

We have wanted a berry patch for a long time, so we decided to do this the same way we did our corn. Here, we are planting two blackberry bushes, two raspberry bushes, and three blueberry bushes.

Back to Eden Corn Patch – Update #1

This is an update for our previous video where we planted corn in our Back to Eden garden. The date is now July 5th and some of our corn is over 6-feet tall. It really seems to be doing good with this planting method; especially since we’ve been under drought conditions for over a month now.

Using this method, we have only had to water a couple times since the corn was first planted. Even then, we only watered since we were adding compost tea!

Back to Eden Corn Patch – Update #2

This is an update for our previous video where we planted corn in our Back to Eden garden. The date is now July 12th and our corn is nearly 7-feet tall. Here you can see the difference in the two varieties of corn we planted. These were Silver Queen and Bodacious. Even though the Bodacious corn is shorter right now, it has developed ears first. It looks like the Silver Queen variety is much taller in size, but maybe a little slower to start producing ears. However, both varieties look great despite the drought conditions we’re under this year.

Things really seem to be doing good with this Back to Eden planting method; especially since we’ve been under drought conditions for about six weeks now.