Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall Garden, No Till Method

My summer garden did not do as well as I would have liked, but not discouraged trying for a fall garden. This will be the first time we are planting a fall garden. It is wonderful to not have to till or deal with the remains of our summer garden.

A couple at church told us about a no till method called Back to Eden you can watch the video online, but I found it to long. Most of the information given was how well it worked for various people, and not until the end did they talk about the actual method. Although I will say that the main person has a very interesting story how he discovered this method.

So mainly what you do is take four pieces of newspaper together and put those down, keep repeating this while overlapping. I took the picture on the patio just so you could see what I mean. When we actually did this the corners of the layered papers meet, and we put some soil on top so the wind would not blow it away.

We found an organic brand called Lady Bug at our local  feed an seed. Once all the paper was down we covered it with about 4 inches of the Lady Bug Square Foot Gardening Blend, then we put 4 inches of Lady Bug Revitalizer Compost on. In the summer we used seedlings, and put them in and then used leaves around them for mulch.

The picture up top is how one section looks today. Notice there is nothing else growing there except for our tomato plants. That is the beauty of this method, and if something does happen to sneak in, it is easily removed, just pulls right out. Ahhhh no weeding, more time for other things.

For  newspapers we found a neighbor who normally recycles them, our friends contacted the library and has them save old papers. WARNING do not use the shiny advertisement pages.

Also read Our Fall Garden if you would like to know which vegetables we are growing that are winter hardy in areas with mild winters.

We used a product that is easy to grow with and I have contacted them to see if I can do a giveaway for their awesome product. Either way I will do a review for the product, but it would be nice to include one to giveaway.

Another section using the Back to Eden method.


  1. Hi Joyce! I hope your fall garden does well. I would love to try the Back to Eden method, but it's so expensive to have the wood chips brought in...not giving up yet though. Have a great week.

  2. Check with local tree cutting companies. I have not heard of one that was not thankful to have someone take it off their hands. This is especially true if they happen to be in your area.

    Don't give up, and remember you can use leaves instead of wood chips, that is what we did. Have a great week.

  3. Good luck with your garden!

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