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Growing Supersized Organic Vegetables

This recent video confirms and shows the wonderful wood chip technique pioneered by the Back To Eden farmer:

http://youtu.be/MEkFFRjDkvs



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Love to see r3volutionary gardening!

"Permaculture" was my first excursion into "alternative" gardening, but each little new technique will add up to an overthrow of the Monsanto Goliath by a hoard of well-fed gardeners!

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Holy

guacamole.

Amazing!

Look at the size of that kale!

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I have been laying down the contents

of hundreds of large leaf bags of leaves every fall and adding 6" of manure on that, which then sits over the winter. Billions of earthworms, so something must be right. The second year of doing that I didn't have to fertilize half way through the summer. I plant thickly, which helps to keep the soil moist down underneath. Azomite is a must. I use it with wild abandon.

Interesting about the mycelium.

Termites all over the world are rejoicing

And carpenter bees too!
I'm obviously not sure about this as a good technique. Compost tea daily grows far bigger plants in less bug prone media.

You want diversity of bugs for a healthy garden

You want diversity of bugs for a healthy garden. The fewer bugs present the more input and care it will require, and the easier it will be for an infestation to occur. You're having to do the bugs and other critters work of fertilizing, keeping each other in check, pollinating, etc.! I have seen this theory work in my garden, as I follow permaculture principles and grow polyculture. I get advice and learn a lot at permies dot com.

The garden of eden guy wasn't

The garden of eden guy wasn't the first to use the wood chips..... but yes its amazing. We should all grow with mulch.

Cool video reed3v!

Ever since I heard about the "Back to Eden" method with the woodchips, I've wondered how it might compare to the traditional method of putting the wood ashes from the cookstove in the garden like Dr. Wallach said used to be done. Dr. Wallach said this helped replace minerals and trace minerals in traditional diets. I wonder what the comparative advantages are with each method.

Woodchips:
- erosion control
- time release of nutrients

Wood ashes:
- more readily available to the plant

hmmm...

*Edit*
I wonder if there is a way to use this method on a smaller scale for container gardening. It would be nice to be able to take your garden with you if you have to move.

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LOL, since I have only a small apartment

balcony at this time, I have been using chips of fallen tree twigs to mulch my plant pots. Like any mulch it at least helps retain moisture. This is the first year, so I don't know if it will add nutrients over time. It is portable!

LOL ... mulching your plant pots ... that's the spirit.

(That's what I was thinking.) I was wondering how well that method scaled down. Btw, do you happen to know what the best books are on growing nutrient dense foods in container gardens?

Speaking of mulching, I've heard that it's best to have a mixture of chipped branches and twigs vs the plain wood chips. I'm not sure what the ideal size is but I read about one person who said their chips were too large so it took longer to break down. I haven't read a book about it so I don't know much about the details.

Speaking of mushrooms, Paul Stamets has mushroom kits a person can buy. I'm not sure if he has any specifically for inoculating wood chips, though I did see him use some to reduce oil spill waste in record time.

Add this to Hugelkultur

That might be THE way to control water and ease harvest with raised beds.

--Norm

Hugelkultur is great!

But make sure you take into account your climate. Hugelkultur can be made above ground or below ground. I live in a climate that is often dry and I have found underground hugelkultur is better for me. Above ground dries out and requires additional irrigation. In other climates I'm sure it may be better. Above all experiment and see what works where you are, because there's probably no other place exactly like it.

The guy in this video has a

The guy in this video has a ton of great videos on youtube...

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Incredible!

Thanks Reed.

Oh, Wow!

that was awesome. I gotta show this to my husband.

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Get a couple dozen red worms

to aerate the soil and provide natural fertilizer.

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Go heirloom not organic

Go heirloom not organic

Do both.

Why not?

--Norm