Originally Posted by henless
I've watched the video and found it very interesting. I do raised beds, so I don't know if it would work right using a raised bed. I would like to do this in my orchard. I'm still looking into it and trying to make sure I understand how/what to do.
How far have you gotten with it? Have you posted anywhere about your garden? I would love to see/read what you've done.
I've posted a good bit on it in the "What are you doing in the garden?" thread and have a thread about it over on the sister site, TheEasygarden.com, with pics and such http://www.theeasygarden.com/threads/back-to-eden-gardening.16555/page-44#post-242972. I found out about it in the middle of winter last year, so didn't get the chance to start the process in the previous fall like they recommend, so started it in the spring instead, knowing full well I'd experience problems when planting into fresh wood chip...and I did, but not as much as some have done.
This coming spring will make it a full year that the chips have been on the garden, so I'll have much more return for the work done to establish it. One thing I've found out, one doesn't have to place paper down under the chips to kill the grasses and weeds there....the chips will do that all the same, so that's a step you can skip. Found that out when I had piles of wood chips next to the garden and orchard, awaiting being distributed in those places....underneath the piles was bare earth where all the grass had died from lack of sunlight, so no need to spread paper down first to achieve that.
If you hit YouTube after you watch the BTE vid you'll find all kinds of follow up vids about his garden where he talks about how it goes along over the years and those were even more amazing than the initial film. Then you'll also find many people out there trying it for themselves, but not many of them have good follow up vids on what it was like the second or third year after starting it.
From what I've seen on YT, plenty of folks are using it in raised beds and experiencing a lot of the same benefits as doing it on flat gardens.
Been trying to document my progress on the BTE forum, but don't always remember to post updates there..... http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/discussion-forum.html#/20150613/my-bte-garden-experiment-in-wv-4829472/
This coming spring will be the true test of the method, as the chips have had time to compost a good bit and should be a more balanced planting medium. I added leaves to the garden this winter, so not sure how that will change results, if at all. I'm definitely never going back to the old way of gardening...I'm loving this so very much. A good half of the work of gardening is taken out and my soil is constantly being amended by this huge composting layer of material that is sending a nutritious tea into my soil at all times, not to mention how well it suppresses weeds and the ease of pulling out weeds that try to establish anyway.
Can't say enough good things about this method and wish I had found out about it 40 yrs ago.