By Dr. Mercola
The featured documentary, Back to Eden, reveals a simple organic gardening method that can not only transform your personal garden, but may even be part of the food solution needed on a global scale as well.
Far from being life sustaining, our modern, large-scale, chemical-dependent farming methods strip soil of nutrients, destroy critical soil microbes, contribute to the creation of deserts where nothing will grow, and saturate farmlands with toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that then migrate into ground water, rivers, lakes, and oceans.
This video really inspired me and after watching it I called my local tree cutting service and was able to get two truckloads of wood-chips dropped on my driveway for free and wheel barreled them on my landscape. The great thing about the wood chips is that they are waste and most companies will give you all you want. I plan on adding more three or four times a year.
I am convinced that Paul makes load of sense and that this is a crucial part of the equation for creating healthy soil to produce healthy plants. Wood chips seem to eliminate the need for any fertilizer or mineral supplements, reduce watering and make weeding a snap.
I hope you will overlook the religious overtones of this film if that doesn't appeal to you, because regardless of your religious beliefs (or lack thereof), the information shared still has tremendous value, and is sure to be of interest to anyone concerned with sustainable agriculture.
Thanks to Organic Gardens Today, there is a movie review in their Fall 2013 magazine!
Visit page 21 to read the full article on Back to Eden Film! Don't forget to share it with your friends!
Film review by Philippa Jamieson
Volume 71; page 56
This US documentary focuses on the organic growing practices of Paul Gautschi, who asked God and looked to the Bible for guidance in how to grow food, and found that
nature has all the answers. He realized that the forest ﬂoor with its layers of duff or mulch provided the most wonderfully rich soil that was continually being added to. He replicated that to some extent in his vegetable garden and orchard. Paul advocates no digging, and using cover (mulch) of various kinds; fairly ﬁne wood chips (and compost) being his preference. He and several others expound on the beneﬁts of this in terms of water-holding capacity, soil structure, mineral uptake, higher nutritional quality and no problems with weeds, pests and diseases. Surprisingly he reports that plants supposedly requiring different pH levels all do well with the same mulch.