Back to Eden Gardening



There are a few things I hate about gardening.  Weeding, pests, watering and dying plants are the culprits.  Back to Eden gardening minimizes all of these. Click here to subscribe to my mailing list.

Back to Eden Gardening is God’s way of gardening.   Most gardens in America have sprinklers to keep them watered and alive. How do plants in nature stay alive without sprinklers?  Aren’t nature and your garden getting the same amount of rain? Then how does nature stay alive without watering while your garden would die?

The answer is, everything in nature has a covering.  In the forest the ground is covered in dead leaves, pine needles, and decomposing wood. Next time you go to the woods, dig your hand into the soil and you will see a covering of decomposing material that is over the bare dirt.  Our gardens are lacking a covering.

Paul Gautschi in Washington came to this conclusion and copied nature in his own gardening practices.  Instead of the traditional method of tilling the soil, he would just add a covering of decomposed wood chips to his garden year after year.  Doing this he had to use little or no water and his plants flourished.

Bugs choke and die when they bite his plump produce because the plants are so juicy. Weeds struggle to come through the covering. If they make it through, they can easily be removed with the drag of a rake. He has tested his soil, and there is a natural occurring balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.  No fertilizer is needed and his plants look super healthy.

There are two reasons we till the soil. One, is to put oxygen back into it. The other, is to make it soft for tender plant roots to grow well.  Having a covering naturally gives the plants all the oxygen it needs.  The soil is also naturally softened by the decomposing compost as it continues to break down.

It is a simple process.  Paul has eight steps for how to get “Back to Eden” in your gardening.

Tomatoes1. Get Connected
2. Get “The Covering”
3. Apply “The Covering”
4. Plant Seeds
5. Nourish Your New Growth
6. Water
7. Reap a Bountiful Harvest
8. Reapply “The Covering”


Each of these items are explained on his website at or you can watch a well-done movie at at the bottom of his homepage.

I highly recommend you take the time to watch his film.  It explains everything I have talked about here, will help you know how to get started, and its FREE.

As part of doing “Back to Eden” gardening, you have to make or get new compost every year.  Jean Pain Composting goes in hand perfectly with this concept.  Jean Pain Composting allows you to make energy and great compost at the same time. After you have collected all the energy from your compost pile, you put it in your garden as your covering.  Every year you will need new compost, so you might as well use the energy that is made from your pile.  To learn more about Jean Pain Composting see my post and video at “The History of Jean Pain Composting“. Click here to subscribe to my mailing list.



  1. Steven, great blog! Looking forward to read more from you!

  2. Ted Jones says:

    So, could this method be considered an effective barrier against forest fires? Along with creating a wonderful place to grow food? We love the film! We are trying it out right now, and we Are excited! Ted

    • Probably not a good barrier against forest fires because the top layer is dry and could burn. Back to eden is how nature gardens and nature has forest fires. Let me know how it goes. I have loved covering everything with tons of free composted wood chips.

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