Mid-April Back to Eden Garden Update

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I’m so pleased with how things are coming along in our Back to Eden garden.

Corn and squash

The photo above shows my zucchini and squash in the center, my tomato plants to the right, and behind the squash and zucchini are beans, peppers and the potatoes are in the ground along the fence.

In the foreground, you might notice one of the stakes that marks a row of onions, which haven’t come up yet. (Had to replant them.)

This week, we also received two new piles of wood chips. We have so many, we’re now using them to smother huge parts of our lawn that are infested with these pesky beach cacti and weird vines that I’ve yet to identify.

Isaac pretending to surf on the mountain of wood chips with his boogie board

One of the piles that came this week has left our yard with the most beautiful fragrance of cedar, as they came almost entirely from the indigenous trees that get pruned here on the island to neaten things up before tourists descend for summer vacation.

I smiled to think of what Paul Gautschi says in Back to Eden when talking about using cedar mulch on his gardens. He remarks at how many would scoff at using them because of their supposed toxicity to gardens, but as he says, “I see no adverse effect.”

Neither do I. I already have cedar wood chips from some of the earlier piles that were brought for our garden.

Gautschi explains that since the chips are resting on top of the soil, the benefits of the mulch as a covering for the ground outweigh any possible negative effects from the chemical composition of the cedar, and that over time, the cedar will break down just as any other wood chips and be good for the garden.

Here are some photos of the garden from yesterday:

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Mid-April Garden Update

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  1. Renee Glaze says

    Where are you getting the wood chips ? Don’t know if we are going to have to buy a wood chipper or if there is a source.

    • Sara says

      Our wood chips were delivered for free by a local tree service. Some will charge you a small delivery fee, others will drop it off for free if it’s on their way.

  2. Justino says

    Hello. i am from Puerto Rico. I would like to know many inches, of wood chips, should I put into the soil?

    Thnak you.

    Justino (espinosajj@gmail.com)

    • Sara says

      They say 4 to 6 inches, but I think in some cases, you might need more. Make sure you don’t plant directly into fresh wood chips, though. Either let your woodchips rest over the winter, or else plant in the ground BEFORE covering with woodchips. If you try planting directly in the woodchips, they won’t be broken down enough to give the seeds a good place to grow.

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