Gardening Without Water, My Experimental Garden, Did it Work?

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18 Responses to Gardening Without Water, My Experimental Garden, Did it Work?

  1. with a weed barrier you won’t have the worms attracted – I think it would
    make a huge difference. And was curious about your thoughts that on Back to
    Eden he says all mulch but he does add regular compost?

    Toni Bartling
    March 27, 2014 at 4:32 am

  2. I laid down paper first, then dirt, then chips. I have had almost no weeds.

    Tarrin Lupo
    March 27, 2014 at 4:57 am

  3. Oh thank god. I thought ground hog day was happening to me.

    March 27, 2014 at 5:36 am

  4. 1) see above 2)No I only used water when I planted them. I gave them a good
    soaking. You might have to water a few times till the first big rain. After
    that you’re done watering and it will self maintain.

    Tarrin Lupo
    March 27, 2014 at 5:43 am

  5. chips laid in winter work for the next spring. otherwise you’re into next
    year for the breakdown.

    March 27, 2014 at 6:39 am

  6. I did use pine chips, that is kind of a myth it raises the acidity, if it
    did my garden would be dead. NOW if you mix the wood chips INTO the soil,
    it will leech nitrogen. BUT if you just lay the chips on the soil it does
    not. The beds I got were recycled because someone was giving them away. To
    be clearer , just lay the newspaper right over the grass. Then add about 2
    inches of dirt (which I also got for free) . Then 4-6 inches of wood chips
    (NOT MULCH) there is a difference. Thats it.

    Tarrin Lupo
    March 27, 2014 at 7:19 am

  7. SORRY FOLKS, I screwed up editing this. around min 8 it repeats a min. Just
    jump past that because there is some stuff at the end you will want to see.

    Tarrin Lupo
    March 27, 2014 at 7:58 am

  8. Wood chips are the ground or chipped green (living when cut) tree limbs,
    twigs and leaves. Wood mulch can be coarsely chopped or shredded shipping
    pallets, demolition debris, etc. It is sometimes dyed to make it more
    pleasing to the idea. Avoid the commercial “Wood Mulch”. Heaven only knows
    where it came from and what chemicals it might contain. IMHO

    March 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

  9. Pine needles are great to use around strawberries instead of the chips. Put
    a good layer on top and they do fantastically well! Great clip :-)

    March 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

  10. ALSO don’t pull the chips out when your garden is done, just add 2-3 inches
    of new chips a few months before you start growing. The old chips break
    down to awesome compost. Your soil will get better and better the more you
    use it, kinda opposite of tradition farming. Also Angie is right, pine is
    not the best choice because it takes so long to break down, but it still
    works. Hardwoods would be a much better choice if you can get it.

    Tarrin Lupo
    March 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

  11. not supposed to be 2 inches of “SOIL” after newspaper, it’s supposed to be
    4 inches of COMPOSTED HORSE MANURE <<

    March 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

  12. Would you kindly explain the difference between wood chips and mulch? I
    thought both were one in the same. Would it by any chance refer to the size
    of the broken down wood pieces? (i.e., smaller pieces = mulch, larger
    pieces = wood chips?)

    March 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

  13. Ooooops, more questions: 1) You grew BROCCOLI in the heat?! Was the
    broccoli an organic type, or a hybrid? Awesome feat to grow broccoli in the

    March 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

  14. Cool video thanks for posting up. I am in the process of setting up my own
    garden…and I think this is mighty cool….might have to give it a try.

    March 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

  15. Questions: 1) What type of wood are the chips made from? 2) Do you water
    first, then put the chips down?

    March 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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    your Constitutional rights I would like to suggest something to you if you
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    MarksDailyApple()com and the paleo diet. A great place to start would be
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    Wayland C
    March 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm

  17. This is our first time using a sheet mulch/ back to Eden method please feel
    free to subscribe.

    Mom's 200lbs Weightloss Journey
    March 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

  18. Angelia Phillips
    March 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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