Thinking back, I would estimate that I have been an organic gardener for about 20 years. While I have always enjoyed having a garden so that I could grow my own vegetables, and I was very dedicated to composting and using other natural means to enrich the soil, I would have to admit that my overall gardening experience was filled with both joy and a lot of frustration. It didn’t take long for me to realize that if I didn’t stay on top of the ongoing weeding and watering, that possible disaster was right around the corner.
Since I am a Realtor, and summers are often my busiest time of year, there were many days that I would come home to find that I had not watered my plants enough to withstand a hot sunny day and they were wilted and had little life left in them by the time I arrived home. I began to wonder if gardening was really worth all of the effort….
Then a few years ago, a friend shared with me the video “Back to Eden“. This video changed my life as a gardener forever! In the film, Paul Gautschi shares his techniques for using a thick protective ground cover mulch, like hay, wood chips or other organic materials to protect the plants, reduce the need for watering, enrich the soil and virtually eliminate weeding. While I had already been using many of his techniques, particularly in my flower gardens, his ideas gave me the confidence to make several changes that transformed my garden. I am now expanding my gardens and have the most amazing harvests that I have ever experienced. Thank you Paul Gautschi and all who worked on the Back to Eden film project!
If you enjoy organic gardening, I highly recommend that you take time to watch the wonderful documentary! Click the image below to view the trailer of this great film.