Galen Gallimore wrote:
Are you suggesting/implying we should all be "forest gardening" or foraging, or wandering herdsmen, like our pre-agriculture ancestors? I view permaculture, including Paul's mulching method (novel or not) as a step forward away from chemically dependant 'modern' agriculture and at the same time back to a means of working with the earth to produce food that more closely resembles what nature already does.
Vidad MaGoodn wrote:At the end of the film, in the "recommendations" text that pops up, one of the recommendations was to plant things that could be used for future mulch. It could have been more obvious, though, if talked about earlier in the film. Most of the emphasis was on "reuse," rather than creating.
Tyler Ludens wrote: Does the Back to Eden gardening method have any provision for providing the wood chips of the future - is the planting of trees part of the plan? Planting trees is part of forest gardening, so if it is not part of the Back to Eden plan, we can hope if it is adopted widely that there are plenty of forest gardeners also, planting the necessary trees!
Andy Sprinkle wrote:Great video...I love the whole piece about orginal sin and man tilling the earth. Tilling the earth as a syptom of our brokeness.
Question: How would I get perenials established from seed/small transplant in a 4-5 inch mulch covering, pull back the mulch and plant in soil and then slowly put the mulch back as the plants grow? And how about bulbs...will the plants shoot up through 4-5 inches of mulch? Can I mulch over my hostas this winter and will they push up through the mulch?
Galen Gallimore wrote:[
I wondered if all the massive tumbleweeds that have shown up in Texas recently could be used as mulch, or covering to build soil during the drought...although I'm not sure if even mulch can mitigate the severe warming/climate variability taking place in the Southwest.
James Colbert wrote:After trying wood chips in my garden this year I have decided that wood chips are good, wood chips and mixed mulch (like Ruth Stout) is better. If your in a city and they are free and plentiful use them but otherwise they are not much better than any good organic mulch thickly applied. Also ants love wood chip mulches. They don't hurt the plants they are just annoying when working with the soil.