Oh my, how time goes by. May is almost over, summer is about to start and I have learned a lot since I started this path to growing a container garden in my backyard. Three things have impacted the way I do gardening. The first thing was watching Season 1 and season 2 of The Big Allotment Challenge from the UK on YouTube, the second is Hugelkultur – making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood and the third is The Back to Eden Garden Method. It is the last two things that I will focus on here because I chose to combine them to see what would happen. This may well be a costly experiment because I have two broccoli plants being grown from seed that will benefit very well if this works.
Hugelkultur: never heard of it in my life until now. I watched a guy build a hugelkultur near my work which I had found weird and interesting at the same time, but never asked why he did it the way he did, but now i understand. He grew tomatoes on it and they did fairly well leaving me impressed. The twist to this story is that the creator of the hugelkultur garden moved to Hawaii so I began to acquire some of the organic material that was in the garden he had left behind and use it for my container garden. To my surprise, five cherry tomato plants came up and had to be relocated because the Huglekultur garden had to be removed to make way for more parking.
Back to Eden Garden came to the for when I started watching the Allotment Shed TV on YouTube I was super curious and intrigued, so I searched for Back to Eden Garden on-line. I found it, watched it, and immediately it clicked with me. Even with the amount of Scripture references in the film it all made sense. Paul Gautschi kept it simple and it was perfect. I have since watched more video on YouTube of those who have visited the Back to Eden Garden and Paul has even given more details on his tours. The message is the same and its simple. It’s all about the covering and letting nature do what it was designed to do by God and then reap the bounty of a system in balance and not out of balance. That produces an over abundance in due season every time. And that does not need to be watered. after it is established.
The two methods that I have mentioned above will be combined in my container garden to maximize potential and to establish a covering. I am in this for the long h aul and am ready to see what happens next.