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Back to Eden Organic Gardening 101 Method with Wood Chips VS Leaves Composting Garden Series # 8

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2nd FAIL-Find out WHY? This is Part 8 of 12 Part Series that will help you understand the PRO’S & CON’S of Back to Eden organic deep mulch gardening 101 method with wood chips to composting just Fall leaves. Great start for beginners Tour our secrets for organic soil & growing gardening vegetables 101 documentary with pest control. Looking into soil food web & soil health in a no till organic garden. diy garden. Organic gardening and farming


fat jack says:

I had the same problem you had and fixed it in a new area by tilling the ground first by irrigating it first then applying the woodchips and that gave me a headstart until the woodchips fixed the soil. you cannot be anti tilling the soil because it works if you do it first.

Elvire Bus says:

LOVE your videos!
Back to Eden gardener myself since last year, but there's much more than only woodchips laying down.
Love to learn from you, thanks for all your work to make all those videos! 🙂
Keep up the good work!

Meesho 21 says:

Hi Mark,
I just watched your video. It is very informative. Thanks. in order to solve the water issues. perhaps making a canal 12" deep on both side from start to end may solve the problem. let me know what you think …

Roy Riley says:

I have a suggestion that may help. I read a paper recently about using cover crops to add mycorrhizae (AMF). Many were common cover crops. Forage oats I believe was the most effective at increasing AMF propagule density. This could be a much faster way of increasing AMF in your soil than relying on slow growing trees. Also many tree species rely on EMF while your common vegetable relies on AMF like most herbaceous. There are some AMF trees (maple if memory serves), but pines are predominantly EMF.

And thanks for doing this experiment. It has been highly educational viewing. Perhaps you could eventually try to synthesize the two techniques, perhaps leafmould as the underlayer and mulch as the top to enhance your particle size gradation and reduce phytotoxicity?

George Gibson says:

Interestiing experiment, thanks.
My theory is that fresh woodchips are loaded with natural toxins (that all trees have to fight pests and diseases).
It takes many months for these toxins and woodchips to decompose,
and only then would they be good for vegetable growth.
Even weeds will never grow in fresh woodchips, which says it all really.


How tragic! So sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my father to cancer, and a good friend just got a stage 4 diagnosis. Food is our medicine and we need to do all that we can to bump up it's nutritional value. Life is short, health unappreciated (until it's lost). We all need to value both… a great deal more. So happy to see that you have found a way to be able to spend more time with you son, and quality time at that. Peace & Blessings. L.

Monnie Holt says:

Hello Mark. Thanks for your videos; you put a lot of effort into them and are teaching many people. I wanted to mention to you that there have been several medical studies showing hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps children with autism a great deal. I recommend you look into it if you haven't already. It helps with a large variety of other things, too.

Richard Portelli says:

Be patient, good things come to those who wait. In time god will bless you more and more as each day goes by. That was nice to see you and your son and your dog walking through the garden

steve Lochert says:

you call that hard soil? I would die for soil that good ! I'm in Texas the soil here is hard clay with a little sand in it with a ph of 9 . Try parsnip to break up the soil

Dallas K says:

Thank you for sharing at the end about your life. I was moved by the tragedy and how you are pushing through. That was a beautiful image of you and your son walking together.

Bobos Curse says:

God bless you guys.

Joy Kaluf says:

God bless you and all you've done for researching this!  The information is awesome!  Did I miss somewhere why the field peas are not growing as well in the wood chips?  Do you think the squash plants would've done better if the field peas grew better?  What about if the squash was sprayed with tea from worm castings?  I have pine trees lining my property – about 30 feet from my garden and I'm hoping the roots will provide enough pockets and agrigaites (sp?) for my second year of the BTE gardening.  I believe I've added too many wood chips on top this fall (6-8 inches or so)  I do have a layer of 6-8 inches of leaves beneath it.  I have a leaf shredder and I'm wondering if that's the way to go vs the wood chips, so I am anxious to watch the rest of this video series!

Life is Awesome Here says:

this is a great video. we are trying the back to eden garden method as well. good luck to you.

Wilma Gregory says:

thank you for enlightenment, I have been troubled with a very wet area that's hard as rock. this year we kept all our leaves and put them on this area. hopes for the best. bless you and yours. love your videos.

Logan Cressler says:

I think the Eden method works. I think it works better of the long run. But I dont think the first years harvest will be as good as the second, which wont be as good as the third.

It takes time for the process to really start working. That is why the leaves worked better, smaller media. However, the leaves will wear out faster.

I think the best method would be to replicate what is found in nature. Mix the leaves with wood chips. Have you ever seen a field covered with just wood chips in nature? How would that happen? I see ground covered in sticks and wood chips, mostly leaves and needles.

If you have only large ice cubes, it will take a while for them all to melt. If you have ice of a variety of sizes, the smaller cubes will melt faster, and the larger ones will melt later. Same idea.

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