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Back to Eden Method start a Organic Gardening 101 Improve Soil with Wood Chips Garden Series Pt 1

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Part 1 of 50 – Back to Eden Start a Organic Gardening Method Soil 101 improvement with wood chips Garden Series Part 1. Growing/building healthy soil. PLANTING NEW Peach Trees. Deep mulch gardening like Paul Gautschi.


papa al says:

Question: Carbon
You use this term without definition.
So, CO2, elemental C, CHO, CH4, …All of the above….some of the above,…what?

joyce jay says:

Okay… fasten your seat belt for a long post, Mark… so, I'm watching this series you've made about soil improvement yet again, and more questions are forming.

We have an acre of pasture part of which we are wanting to grow food in (including chickens). Last weekend, when we dug the fence post holes for the new fence line, we noticed that there are absolutely no sign of worms. No surprise. It's all packed clay with some kind of grass that was planted probably over 25 years ago by the previous owners. There is an established apple orchard along the south side of this area There a few big pine trees also. We Have planted no trees, so all the trees on this property are mature and at least 25 years old.
Q #1
Is it safe to assume (since we have all these mature trees) that there are healthy robust mycorrhizal colonies? How can we know this for sure?

ALSO, in that pasture area we have a huge pile of wood chips that we've hauled with our pickup truck piled in that area. This is a risk bc some of the material could have been contaminated with chemicals. We hauled them before we knew about this risk so we will have to see if they inhibit plant growth. A lot of the wood chips will become part of our permaculture poultry flock system. (day-old poultry due to arrive the week of 17 April) That wood chip pile has been there for a few months waiting for us to decide where to put them and how to use them. Our wood chip source offers an endless supply.

I really prefer to use NO-Till methods to start growing in that pasture, but it seems to me we have to somehow terminate as much of that unknown grass as possible since it is incredibly invasive and grows even in our drought years (We are north of Boulder in zone 5b). It grows from ryzome (sp) and probably seed).

What will happen if I plant winter rye and sunflowers without doing anything to "rough-up" that pasture surface?? Seems to me this would be a waste of seed, wouldn't it? or would some of the winter rye and sunflower seed establish itself? Spring is the time to plant seeds out there bc the seeds would get moisture for germination….

I will stop there and thank you in advance for any comments and suggestions you can offer. (By the way, my husband has a tiller attachment for his little Kubota tractor) Thanks for all your hard work in helping folks grow even more of our own food!

meyerc1604 says:

Can you tell me, I am just starting out and I have a garden area that has flowers and I want to have bigger flowers. I have been the traditional gardener up to recent. It has bark on top of soil which is really just clay. what can I do to get started? Will I need to remove the wood chips or can I just add soil, compost, or something else?

Kal Red says:

Was there any amendments used while putting the tree in? Or just in the ground?

allanpennington says:

Hi I dont have a good local source of wood chips but can get fairly fine sized bark instead. Will that do the same thing? I have found that the local recycling station allows people to dump there garden waste and there are huge berms of varying stages of decomposition that you can take from for free. The oldest one looks vary aged and black almost like compost but still has some sticks and twigs etc. The local nursery said to be careful of oxalis weed though. Could I re-compost this material with added green to reheat it? I might get a small bag of the stuff put it in a seed tray, water it and see what comes up. Then I might know what I am dealing with.

Rob X says:

Hi Mark,
One more fruit tree question. Do I have to plant more than 1 of the same species for pollination purposes? I only have space in my backyard for 2 fruit trees and wanted to do 1 apple and 1 peach. Would this work, or do they both have to be the same species?

James Ashby says:

I spent the day, today watching the whole back to eden vs fall leaves series. Wow.. you have done an outstanding job explaining the importance of soil biology and soil health. I'm so thankful for your hard work and making all those videos. You gadgets and props to demonstrate everything is awesome. Keep up the great work. You got is growin on my friend.

St. Isidore's Farm says:

These videos are excellent. Packed with helpful information. Thank you!

Donald Damron says:

Hey Mark, great video, kinda doing the same thing in my BTE garden, planted fruit trees covered in wood chips, plan to plant in chips this spring. Happy New year, look forward to more videos. Don

Cate's Garden says:

Tree mail! :p Very nice. Happy new year to you and yours!

lane laney says:

Thank you for emphasizing the importance of keeping roots growing in the ground for fertility instead of relying on compost and fertilizer. I have an urban garden but am able to grow several varieties of dwarf asian pears, peach, apple, cherry, and plum, as well as perennial fruits such as grapes, raspberries and blueberries. Because of the healthy root system of these plants and many other perennial herbs and plants such as comfrey I can grow many healthy crops near the base of these plants without ever disturbing the main plants' roots. Excellent video.

Ed Harley says:

What's the plan for dealing with fruit moths?

Kirt Harris says:

Great Video!! I have a question about watering your garden. Do you have a video that covers this?

Perma Pen says:

I recently got a grafted bareroot peach tree in exactly the same box! Deja vu. I'm slowly planting trees or shrubs in every bed of my allotment, at least one per bed. And I'll be growing melons and other vines in the same bed as the peach tree. Your lessons are clearly sinking in! It's nigh-impossible to get free/cheap woodchips where I am anymore, so I've joined a local woodland trust who are very happy to give me brash from clearances.

Petals on the Paving Slabs says:

That's an enormous plot! I'll be looking forward to your updates. Very best of luck to you and happy new year!

Kindred1000 says:

Hi Mark, thank you for another excellent video. I have a question about cover crops (like your winter rye) – are these used instead of wood chips? What do you do when you want to plant your food crop – do you till cover crop back into the soil? Many Thanks and Happy New Year to you!

Burke Mawby says:

Happy New Year. Greetings from Tammy Vroom.

Rob X says:

Happy New Year Mark. After planting a tree that size, when do you anticipate they will begin to produce fruit?

James Ruland says:

Where did you but your trees from

bigh650 says:

looks like a great start to the new year !

Plant Based Large Family says:

to you have issues with coons with your melons? if so, how do you deal with that? coons steal all of our melons, strawberries, corn, etc. every.single.year. we have tried everything except for a dog.

GraceHead1 says:

where did you source the trees? Looks like exactly what you need! 🙂

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