Do you know that feeling when you spend countless hours in the garden working and working tilling the soil, digging in the mud and combating weeds – essentially fighting against nature with no end in sight?

What if I told you there is no fight, that gardening is simple, uncomplicated and practical, that it‘s enjoyable, relaxing and fun. Yes, you have read correctly. Gardening can be all that when you are doing it the right way – nature‘s way.

What is Back to Eden

Let me start by saying that Back to Eden is the most practical and straightforward gardening method I know of. By merely observing and studying nature we can eliminate all unnecessary work like tilling the soil, digging in mud, combating weeds and watering every day. Therefore reducing work, saving us time, money and energy.

You might ask yourself how all this is possible – no tilling, no weeding and no watering. And the answer is quite simple – because a Back to Eden Garden is modeled after nature and in nature, no one is tilling, weeding and watering. Still, everything is growing in sheer abundance. And so your garden can too.

Why a Back to Eden Garden is so important

Food plays a fundamental role in our lives. We eat it consistently every day and are for the most part dependent on it. For this reason, it‘s essential that we consume organic food of high quality. I myself define the quality of food by its mineral, vitamin and antioxidant content. Basically what our body needs to be healthy and function properly. If you ever bought organic food, you might notice that not everything you buy tastes the same even if it comes from the same supplier. The reason for that, on the one hand, is the quality of the soil – it‘s not the same everywhere.

And on the other hand, not every plant has the same nutrients available. Thus the mineral, vitamin and antioxidant content in their fruits differs. Most of the organic food that you can buy does not taste that good. From my personal experience, it either has no taste which indicates to me that the mineral content is low or it tastes terrible. In rare occasions, it tastes good.

Disclaimer: Everything I said applies to organic fruits, vegetables and seeds. Processed and non-organic foods have their flavor and taste artifically created, modified or changed.

In a Back to Eden Garden, the most important asset is your soil. It‘s the foundation – the backbone of everything you want to build. Hence the soil should always be treated that way. Like we need a good foundation to be healthy and to function properly – our body, mind, and soul. Trees, bushes and all kinds of plants need one as well – the soil.

In a Back to Eden Garden, the quality of the soil improves over time and gets better and better as the years go by for one simple reason – consistently applying a cover.

The cover – a good organic mulch – essentially protects the ground from external influences like heat, cold and compaction. Furthermore, the cover when breaking down feeds the soil with minerals and other nutrients. Plants, trees and everything that grows in that soil will then be able to get all the nutrients they need and can produce high-quality foods, vegetables, and seeds.

With Back to Eden gardening we can grow in sheer abundance and get the best organic food that our foundation – our body, mind and soul needs. And all that essentially for free. The best part about Back to Eden gardening is that you are creating an ecosystem that will be capable of not only sustaining and feed itself but others as well.

Setting up a Back to Eden Garden

If you decided you want to start with Back to Eden gardening and want to set up your own Back to Eden garden merely follow these three easy steps:

Step 1: Preparation

This step is all about preparations. First of all, you should decide on what scale you want to operate. Do you want to set up your whole garden, a specific area in your garden or just a small garden bed? Once you have made your decision, you can then start gathering the required materials. You need a good organic mulch like woodchips, good organic compost, and newspaper. The exact amount you need depends on the size of your area, but you will be able to calculate that.

  • Contact your local recycling centers and ask them for old or expired newspapers.
  • Contact your local tree services and ask them for woodchips (chipped trees with branches, leaves and needles). 
  • Most of these companies will be happy to give these resources aways. For them they are byproduct that they have to get rid of.

Step 2: Setting up the Garden

Now you are ready to set up the Back to Eden garden. Depending on the surface of your area you might have to do some additional work. For example, if you have a grassy area, you should dig out all tenacious weeds first. After that cover the ground with 4-6 sheets of newspaper followed by a 4-6 inch layer of organic compost. Then add a 4-6 inch layer of woodchips.

  • Do not till the soil and do not mix. Simply layer everything.
  • The best time to set up your Back to Eden Garden is in the fall just like nature does it in the fall when it covers the ground with leaves, twigs and needles.

Step 3: Planting

Once you have set up your garden and you are ready to plant merely pull back the first layer of woodchips and plant the seeds directly into the soil or organic compost.

  • The best seeds you should use are heirloom seeds. There are a decent amount of good heirloom seed companies you can buy your seeds from like Baker Creek Heirloom SeedsYou can also contact a heirloom seed company that's local to you. They might know what varieties grow best in your area.

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