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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.


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! 🙂

mpetrus100 says:

Thank you for the videos and the time you take to make them.  I hope you and yours have a very great new year!

Rick Buisson says:

Happy New Year's to you and your son. I was just getting ready to lay down the cardboard first then the woodchips, but after listening to you I'm going to rethink that and go with just the woodchips. Thanks for your help and support with your videos.

Michael Isaac says:

Wouldn't the trees take most of the nutrients

tsx3214 says:

Thanks, Mark…more great info. So, what would you say, a living root such as your peach trees, one for every 100 sq ft of soil would suffice?
Thanks, again Mark and Happy New Year!

Will Homesteading says:

Happy new year Marc. Since i watch your videos, i learn to understand growing soil so much better. I will try some of it this year in my garden.

MsLallie says:

Thank you! Your videos are so informative. Especially since I am starting out my back to eden for the first time.

Anthony Coffee says:

Sir, you save me so much time. I plan on buying 5 to 10 acres of land to build a home on or have a home on already zone 6b/7a. I see everything your going through and it is going to make it so much easier for me. Thank you very much! If you are on facebook look me up. I am sure we can nerd out on stuff. https://www.facebook.com/anthony.coffee?qsefr=1

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