"Back to Eden" Gardening: Adventures in Wood Chipping with a Sun Joe!



With the initial decisions made and steps taken, as detailed in my last post, it was time to get our adventure into gear and start working!


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Lead image for @roleerob's "Back to Eden" gardening series, based on Deuteronomy 30:19

On this new journey along an adventurous new path in our lives, what was the first challenge to face?

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Getting that large pile of wood chips, now partially blocking the access of one of our cars into our garage, fully processed and onto the soil. It certainly was not doing much good sitting there on the concrete! 😉


Photos: Where my last post ended!

Easy to write and say. It took me many days of activity to take care of it. Walk with me, dear reader, into the next phase of this exciting new chapter of our lives, and "through our eyes," see what we did and learned through the process.

But, first let's take a closer look at the reasons we selected wood chips as our number one choice for covering our soil.

Mulching with Wood Chips


Using mulch to completely cover the surface of the ground is a very basic component of permaculture gardening. But ... Mulch comes in all shapes and sizes and can include almost any dead plant matter. Why did we choose the wood chip approach of Paul Gautschi's "Back To Eden" gardening method?

Beyond the simple answer of the inspiration Paul provides anyone considering his vision for gardening, for us there were three primary reasons:

Water

In our part of the world, consisting of what is mostly high desert country in the Rocky Mountains of the western part of America, water is absolutely essential. Specifically, the need to irrigate with it. There is simply not enough annual rainfall to provide for the needs for all but the hardiest of plants. Most of which do not include anything being grown to eat!

Source: Creator MemoryCatcher on Pixabay

One of the remarkable attributes of the wood chip approach that Paul is "evangelistic" about is their serving as a "reservoir" of sorts for moisture. They absorb and store it! While the surface of the chips may dry out a bit, between instances of receiving more water, underneath they preserve their stores of moisture and slowly release them out into the soil below!

In his case, he claims to never need to water. Okay, since he lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, this is understandable. But in drier areas? Watching other YouTube videos from folks living in areas more similar to our own, they do admit watering is still necessary, but at a greatly reduced level.

Wow, what a hassle and labor-saving attribute. Love it. Sign me up! Oh wait! There are two more primary reasons ... 😊


Weed Suppression

Would anyone argue with the statement one of the banes of gardening is the almost continuous battle against weeds? And the marvel and wonder that what you don't want seems to thrive and what you do want doesn't?

Paul has a segment in his "Back To Eden" film about weeds and it was just remarkable to watch.

Source: Scene at 47:36 of the "Back to Eden" Film

First, the layers of wood chips provide a barrier against weeds being able to germinate. But second, whatever weeds still manage to overcome that barrier can be easily pulled out by hand!

Wow, love it. Sign me up! Oh wait! There is still one more excellent reason, perhaps the best of all ... 😊

Time

A very appealing part of Paul's method is that the more time you put into it, the less work you have to do. The "magic" happens when year after year, the wood chip layers decompose through the constant process of all the microbes, worms, etc. breaking them down and returning the nutritional value of the dead plant material to the earth.

The result is the soil just gets richer and richer, in so many ways, as life returns in abundance!

There is no way to adequately illustrate this concept. But, it was a very compelling part his film to hear Paul describe it. After the +20 years he has been at what he is doing, it seems he is literally "living the dream!" A gardener's dream!

Not sure how close we can get to experiencing the same thing, but we are determined to find out!

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Closing with all this incentive to move forward using wood chips, it never occurred to me to consider something that @riverflows referred to in her comment on my last post:

> "In Australia though, these chips are mostly gums... we can't do woodchip gardening like Back to Eden unless its for natives. Straw, manure, paper etc is better for our food producing gardens."


Wow. I thought as long as the wood was dry and therefore easily chipped up, that would be all there was to it. As we have already humbly realized in many other aspects of this new adventure, there is a lot to learn ...

Move, Observe, Analyze, Adjust, Repeat ...

Starting into it, before I had done a thing, tackling the challenge of getting all of these wood chips properly chipped down to a finer size and distributed seemed like it should be no problem. Aren't most projects like that? Consistently underestimating the time and effort required, until you actually get moving on it? 😉

In this case, this all being new to me and with the excitement of what we were starting into, I really enjoyed the work and learning as I went. There was just a lot more to it than I had originally thought.

The basic 1-2-3 sequence of events, in what follows was:

1. Cover the area with contractor's paper.
2. Chip up the big wood chip pile in our driveway, into smaller chips.
3. Spread them out on top of the contractor's paper.

Done. "Piece of cake!" 😊

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Here are the "before" views, of the 3 areas we will now cover in some detail, both literally, as well as figuratively ...




Photo 1: Area #1 in front of raspberries. Area #3 behind them.
Photo 2: Area #2 in front side yard. Between our strawberries and rose bushes.

Covering Area #1

To get "off and running shuffling," we selected the area, in our back yard, between our fence and our raspberry patch, as the first one to tackle.

While not clearly visible (gotta work on my "photo journalism" skills ...), in photo #1 above, we see a considerable amount of grass in Area #1. That was the first target, once I had finished getting the divider in place between our lawn and this new area to be dedicated to "Back to Eden" gardening.








Photos: Sequence of covering Area #1

I spent a lot of time on getting this first area covered, due to filtering every single 5-gallon bucket, before passing them back through our little Sun Joe.

From this, I learned a lesson covered in detail in the "Lessons Learned" section below. Stopping the filtering, except for "special" circumstances (still working on what those might be, but probably finer wood chip cover in our flower beds ...)!

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Covering Area #2

With a little experience "under our belts," the covering of Area #2, shown in Photo 2 above, went much more quickly. For one thing, I was done with filtering every single 5-gallon bucket of material, once each batch of chipping was completed.

As part of that decision, I also knew that getting every over-sized bit of material out of our big wood chip pile was time prohibitive.






Photos: Sequence of covering Area #2

As shown a little bit above, we contented ourselves with getting as many of the "big pieces" manually separated out that we could reasonably manage. Then, we would chip them up and add them on top of the layer steadily being built on top of Area #2.

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Covering Area #3

To complete this phase of our new venture, finishing the covering of Area #3 required considerably more work. As shown in Photo 1 above, we can see there is a lot of the old vegetation needing to be removed first. Specifically, a very old bed of irises and an old bed of strawberries. With a liberal sprinkling of weeds thrown in ...







Photos: Sequence of covering Area #3

As evidenced in the first picture and more clearly shown in the second, most of this vegetation was progressively dug out, chopped up with our lawn mower, then sprinkled back over the soil over which it had just been removed.
The irises were dug out and the tops only chopped up with our lawn mower. The stem tubers were dried out and chipped up with our Sun Joe (see more on that below).
The chopped up vegetation, spread over the ground, was covered with our contractor's papaper. Which was then covered over with 4 - inches (10 to 15 cm) of wood chips.

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With all of these areas covered, we felt a real sense of accomplishment, as the transformation from beginning to the end was considerable!

Once we had completed this effort, we still had a bit of time left in the season. With this time and a now expanding view of what "could be," we also got all around the base of the canes in our raspberry patch and the trunks of our two old grapevines covered in wood chip mulch.

We liked the idea we were getting them all covered up and "tucked in" before the onset of winter.

Supplemental Sources of Wood Chips

It wasn't long into working on the pile of wood chips seen above (from chipping the 9 trees referred to in my last post) that I knew this simply wasn't going to cover it. Quite literally!

Even with the relatively small amount of space we had committed to getting started on, with the objective of covering it to a depth of ± 6 inches (15 cm), we just didn't have enough. Hmmm. What to do?

We came up with several supplemental sources of "wood" chips:

Additional Trees in our Yard

This was the simplest. Even though we had already cut 9 down and chipped them up, we still had several more. Most notably, our big Blue spruce and Ponderosa pine trees. There were a lot of dead branches to both prune off the trees, as well as gather off of the ground underneath them.



Photo: Blue spruce and Ponderosa pine branches, bark, and pine cones

While the branches and bark of each seemed to produce more or less the same result, we noticed that the Ponderosa pine cones chipped considerably better than those of the Blue spruce.

Why? Don't claim to know, although it was our first indication that not all trees are "created equal" when it comes to their wood chip and mulching properties.

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Other "Woody" Plants

Okay, still in our own yard, we "stretched" on this one, as we decided there would be no problem with chipping up the stem tubers of the irises we were taking out, trimmings off of our rose bushes and raspberry canes, our grape and ?...? (never have figured out what it is, but we are trying to put an end to it ...) vines in the back yard, our hen and chicks when dried, our corn cobs when dried, etc. 😊




Photo 1: Iris stem tubers drying on center right, in prep for chipping.

Photo 2: Bits and pieces of our vines chipped up into mulch.

Covered in more detail in the Philosophical Postcscript section of this post, it was amazing to see that chipping up the iris stem tubers and the hen and chicks did not end their remarkably resilient lives!

Nope! There is sufficient life in the fleshy portions of even small fragments of these plants that they can put down roots and send up new growth through the wood chips into which they are mixed! 😧

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Park Across the Street, "Out and About" ...

Stating the obvious, there are plenty of sources of woody materials all around most of us. We just have to be looking for it. For most of us, these materials are free for the taking, as they are considered a nuisance that someone is going to have to rake up, pick up, etc.

For starters, we literally just need to go across the street to our town park, for example, and pick up sticks which fall to the ground from the big trees there.

My wife has been good at just seeing dead branches laying about and picking them up and putting them in the trunk of our car. We pile them up until a sufficient quantity has been accumulated to justify getting our little Sun Joe out for "another round" of chipping!

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The Great Outdoors!

There is little this Steemian enjoys more than a day trip up into the high country. The air is always cool and clean. We'll typically seek out clear-running mountain streams to sit by and enjoy the blessed solitude.

So ... How tough could it be to simply throw a little bit of dead wood, pine cones, etc. into the back of the truck while we're at it?






Photos: Wood Chip Source from the High Country!

Not too tough! There is the small matter of the expense of driving the truck, etc. And the even smaller matter of whether we can legally gather dead wood from our own National Forests.

Meh, not too worried about it!

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The truth is, almost any dead plant matter is a source of mulch. In one way or another. In my next post, I will be writing more about that. And with it covering more of what we have done in the area of both hot and cold composting.

Lessons Learned

As a lifelong committed "continuous learner," I truly enjoy learning new stuff. As a "contrarian," I have never wanted the old adage "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" to apply to me! 😉

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With each of these posts on our new adventure, I will be putting what I have learned into this section. I trust in investing the time to write it, dear reader, if you ever choose to travel a similar path, that you may find something of value and so save yourself from making mistakes similar to ours.

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"Choke feeding" the Sun Joe

In settling on 3 passes through the Sun Joe as optimum, I learned that the results were improved by keeping the hopper above the blades "choked" on the 2nd and 3rd passes, i.e. pretty full. In so doing, the chips seem to be pressed together in going through the blades, thereby producing a consistently finer "finished product." Which was our objective ...

While you can also attempt this a bit on the 1st pass, given all of the large variations in size, etc., of the materials being fed into the Sun Joe, it is not practical to be concerned with this too much. Instead, just get through the 1st pass as best you can and focus on using this technique on the 2nd and 3rd passes.

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Sun Joe's Paddle vs. a Good Stick!

Helping get the various materials you put into this little chipper through the blades is an essential part of its operation. For example, pine cones are roundish in form and, therefore, do not readily pass through the blades easily. They just "spin" on top of them.

The paddle which comes with your Sun Joe is designed to help with this. While better than nothing, we found a good stick works far better. Of course, over time the blades will keep catching the tip of it and chopping it off, making it shorter and shorter. Slowly you'll get to the place where you just let it pass through. Then get another one!

* Note: As with most things in life, a little patience goes a long way, when operating the Sun Joe. Specifically, while the initial thought might be whatever material is currently "hung up" above the blades isn't going to ever go through, often times it actually will, if you just hold back a bit ...

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Feeding Sequence into the Sun Joe

Tied to the tip above, we found that a long stick, when fed into the Sun Joe, would pull a lot of material bound up above the blades through them! So ... Depending on what we had available, we would alternate feeding smaller items into the hopper, i.e. those shorter than the depth of the hopper, with larger items which were longer.

Once we got the "feel" of this, it saved time and effort in getting the 1st pass completed.

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Screening Wood Chips

As likely would be the case for most of you, I started into this project working on it based on my experience in a long career - educated as an engineer and finishing it as a Business Systems Analyst. In other words, absolutely nothing to do with farming / gardening. 😊

So ... Starting into working through the pile of wood chips seen above, I would run my 5-gallon bucket worth of bigger material through the Sun Joe. Then, I would stop and screen out the - ½ inch (1.3 cm), before running the + ½ material through the Sun Joe again. Beyond my aching back, I decided (with a generous amount of help from my wife!) this really was overkill. The result of over analyzing ... 😉

I ended up running each 5-gallon batch of material through the Sun Joe 3 times. This number of passes consistently reduced everything well below - 1 inch (2.6 cm), while there was still always a small amount that was + ½ inch. I was very satisfied with what we ended up with.

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Layers of Contractor Paper

Being a bit of a Grinch at times, I decided for no particular reason, that 1 layer of the paper under the wood chips should be enough.

Well, given the results of how easily some of the grass I covered up still came up through it, I won't make that mistake again. I will lay down at least a double layer and likely a triple layer.

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There is no question many of you will have your own wisdom and experience to add to what you have read about in this post. As always, I'd love to receive any feedback you may be inspired to provide!

Materials List

The phrase "time and materials" has long been a standard reference at the beginning of undertaking any project. From my father, I learned his oft-quoted reinforcement that, to do a job well, you needed to have the right tools.

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With this, he also taught me that we would almost certainly not have been the first person to run up against whatever challenge was in front of us. Requiring some new tool ... We just had to put in the effort (this was BG! Before "Google It!" 😉) to find it.

So ... As a part of these posts going forward, dear reader, I will always provide you a listing of what I have found to be of value. Will it be the "right" tool? Is there a better one? I will always welcome input on these questions in the comments! 😊

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Sun Joe CJ603E 1.7 Inch Cutting Diameter Electric Silent Wood Chipper/Shredder

There was no doubt in our minds, launching into our "Back to Eden" gardening venture, that we needed some method of creating our own wood chips. As you read above, we have a lot of materials to process.

But which wood chipper to choose? Well, there are a number of options which we investigated, but ultimately settled on this one.

Source: Sun Joe website

The key to our selection from the number of "micro" chippers available, were the common features of size for storage, power to do the job, and electricity being the source of the power. Of all the "micro" chipper options containing this "package" of features, this one seemed the best to us.

If you have a bigger property, more trees or material to put through it, etc., you would likely want something bigger and more powerful. If so, as with this class of chipper, you will find many options.

So far, with many hours of use in Season 1, we are very happy with this little chipper.

* Price (here): $168.65 USD + shipping
* Here is a YouTube video with a demo, if you would like to check it out!
* Oh, and the "Silent" in the description!? 😧 Compared to what? 😏 You will most definitely want hearing protection, when operating this!

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Tierra Garden GP104 2-in-1 Galvanized Woven Wire Garden Sieve

All we learned in watching a number of YouTube videos and reading associated websites, was that we wanted our wood chips to be smaller in size than what any "industrial grade" wood chipper would typically produce, e.g. the wood chip pile in our driveway!

Source: Amazon Product Page

So, we would need to potentially screen out all that was passing through whatever size was desired and then chip the rest with our little Sun Joe. We found this sieve to be just the right size for our little lot and the amount of material we'd likely be putting through it.

It comes with both a ½-inch (1.3 cm) and a ¼-inch (0.6 cm) screen. They are easily and readily interchangeable, as needed. Perfect! 👍

* Price (here): $16.43 USD + shipping

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Contractor's Paper - 36 in. x 100 ft. Roll

Prior to putting your wood chips down, it is a good practice to first put down a layer of paper. To suppress any weeds, grasses, etc. from coming up through your layer of wood chips.

All research indicated just a good thick sheet of basic brown paper was the best. Nothing special, no colors, glossy finishes, etc. Just thick basic brown fiber paper.

Source: Home Depot website

This example is what we bought, at a well known DIY supply store here in America, but I am sure there are very many very similar products available wherever you may be.

* Price (here): $18.97 USD + shipping

Philosophical Postscript

Wrapping up this post, dear reader, I would like to briefly touch on some of my philosophical reflections, 🤔 while working in the peace and quiet of my own garden. Based on how unexpectedly refreshing and inspiring I have found this time to be ... 😉

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Strength of Life

As I referred to briefly above, it was amazing to see that chipping up the iris stem tubers and the hen and chicks did not end their remarkably resilient lives!

Nope! There is sufficient life in the fleshy portions of even small fragments of these plants that they can still put down roots and send up new growth through the wood chips into which they are mixed! 😧

What power there is in life! Can we even begin to imagine the processes behind a plant getting established in the most hostile of places, such as on the face of a rock? And not only surviving, but ultimately working its roots down into the cracks with sufficient force to break it up? Incredible ...

Source: Creator congerdesign on Pixabay

How does man, in his uhhh ... "wisdom" think properly about such marvelous observations?


What is the source of this life force?
This indomitable will to live?

Does man have this within him? These thoughts brought to mind the stories I have read of survival that almost defy belief:

The story of the mountain man, in the early days of the American West, Hugh Glass, who was attacked by a grizzly bear and left for dead (after* he had killed the bear with his knife!). Unable to walk, he still managed to make it over 200 miles to a fort. Driven by his determination to hunt down the senior member of his party who had abandoned him ("Band of Brothers" code - No man left behind!). Which, of course, he did ...


* The story of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and his ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914. His ship became trapped, then crushed by the ice. To survive, after packing up what they could in their life boats, he led his entire crew across some open ocean to safety on one island. Then, with hope of survival dimming, he left with the 2 strongest men and rowed a boat across 830 miles (1,330 km) of the open south Atlantic ocean to get to another island. The location of which contained the southernmost place where he could get help. Not one of his crew was lost ...

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Meanwhile ... 😉 Back in the peace and quiet of my own garden, these reflections brought me back to what I wrote about in my Observations: Gratitude and the Simple Things post and an old saying:

> "... it could be better. And it could be worse!"

So, with this renewed "no excuses" view of life, I can be thankful, no matter how challenging any given day might seem, at least (so far! 😉) I haven't been passed through a "wood chipper" in life!

We always have so much for which to be thankful and not take for granted!!

🙏 🌄 😊 🙏


Closing


In one way or another, we have all experienced (hopefully!) the satisfaction of persevering through whatever challenges we've faced, in reaching a desired objective. It was intensely satisfying to us, with the 3 areas of our little lot devoted to this new venture in our lives, to have them covered up before the onset of winter.

In so doing, we now have great anticipation for the beginning of Season 2. Where we can begin planting, tending, and harvesting some of our own food. Along the way, learning about what can be reaped after even ± 6 months of having the "good earth" properly tucked away under a protective layer. From what we have found in our research, we will not be disappointed.

Spring has long been our favorite season. While looking out the window at snow on the ground, we are looking forward to this annual time of renewal and return of life more than we have in a very long time.

I’d love to hear any feedback you may be inspired to provide.

Until "next time," all the best to you for a better tomorrow, as we all work together to build up our Steem Communities and add increasing value to our Steem blockchain! 👍 😊

Respectfully,
Steemian @roleerob

Posted using SteemPeak and “immutably enshrined in the blockchain” on Thursday, 13 February 2020!

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P.S. Having now successfully met my original objective in posting to our Steem blockchain, ~ one per week, it will be a while before I post again. Too much going on "out there" screaming for attention ... Before clicking on "Publish" again, I want to give my regards / pay my respect to two sources of inspiration for me to begin writing a bit again, after stopping for almost 3 months:

1. Inspired by winning my first (and only) @curie award in Sept 2018, I wrote my True Story: Encouragement on our Steem Blockchain post, in which I wrote the following:

"You just never know where one click on an upvote, mention in a post or reply, entry into a community's latest inspired effort to help others (all of the above!) will lead!"

I am reminded of that again in the "reach out" I received recently with the comments of @minismallholding on my Permaculture post listed below. Thank you! 😊 👍


2. What an awesome word - "inspired!" In my Legacy post, I wrote about "Footprints on the sands of time" and am exceedingly grateful for people like Paul Gautschi, when I think of what these words mean to me. What a remarkable legacy he has built, in inspiring so many others with what he has uncovered and "evangelistically" shared of the Truth.

I hope, before my "number of days" draw to a close, to meet him. And thank him for persevering through whatever challenges he has faced in "bringing to life" what he was inspired to do.

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HiWow Rob, what a wonderfully crafted post, so much detail. It must have taken you hours to prepare.

I recently bought a 3000 mt2 plot (with house and barn) in Bulgaria. Back in early December, with the help of a workawayer, I made a couple of beds to prepare for spring planting. I didn't have woodchips so used some old hay from the barn to cover several layers of cowdung (again from the barn), soil and some dried grass cuttings, with a layer of cardboard over the dung and soil. All was soaked with water and aged urine.

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One bed was as above (measuring 7mts X 1.2 mts), the other was (is) a hugelkultur bed with lots of old logs and branches forming the structure, with soil and dung spread over, covered with mulch.

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Both beds were layed straight on top of the existing (strimmer) vegetation, following the no-till method so as not to disturb the microbiome of the soil.

I was happy to see them covered with a thick layers of snow when I returned from the UK yesterday after 7 weeks of being away.

This week I plan to start some seeds indoors in preparation for planting the beds after last frost.

I am.on the lookout for a woodchipper machine which will handle 80mm branches to prepare more areas for planting and growing organic food.

I look forward to reading your subsequent posts and following your journey brother.

Resteemed your post.

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Namaste
Atma

13.02.2020 21:45
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You are very kind @atma.love, as this …

” Wow Rob, what a wonderfully crafted post, so much detail. It must have taken you hours to prepare.”

… indicates you must have invested your time in reading it. 😉 It is very encouraging to know that you have found some value in it. And, yes, it has taken me a lot of effort to put it together. If it is going to “have my name on it,” then I was raised to make sure I do my best.

In the past, my efforts on these posts are as much as anything, for capturing my memories where they will be ”immutably enshrined” in a blockchain. Beyond that? Well, I just try to take it as it comes …

Your new property and the steps you have taken are intriguing. We are so new at learning all of this, I don’t have much to offer in the way of helpful ideas, other than you may find the links in my first post in this series of value. Particularly the one referenced in the title to this post - "Back To Eden".

You mention:

”I was happy to see them covered with a thick layers of snow when I returned from the UK yesterday after 7 weeks of being away.”

Are you of English descent? Or Bulgarian? I am guessing the former. Either that, or you have developed an excellent command of the English language, for someone for whom it is not their native tongue.

As you appear to be newly engaged “in here,” I would encourage you to follow the links I have provided at the end of my post for the Natural Medicine community. I think you might find it of real value to you, as you begin your “journey” here on our Steem blockchain. If you have written an introductory post, I’d welcome a link to it. I’ll be sure to read it.

Until we “meet again,” all the best to you for a better tomorrow!


P.S. If you have any questions, comments, and / or concerns about our Steem blockchain, please feel free to let me know how I can help. I’ll be happy to do what I can.

13.02.2020 22:21
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Hi Rob, thanks for your reply. Yes, this (apparent) body was born in England.

Here's my intro post https://steempeak.com/hive-120078/@atma.love/who-am-i (tagged naturalmedicine) which yes is a great community.

Paz y amor
Atma

13.02.2020 22:30
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Wao I like the dedication you have placed in your garden, and the detail of this publication, your publications have always been exceptional. Congratulations, I hope to continue seeing more publications with the evolution of your plants. I loved the one in Photo 2: Area # 3 in front side yard. Between our strawberries and rose bushes.

Esto es excelente:

There is little this Steemian enjoys more than a day trip up into the high country. The air is always cool and clean. We'll typically seek out clear-running mountain streams to sit by and enjoy the blessed solitude.

Walking in the mountains is wonderful, I have time that I do not.

In spring I hope to see your garden with many flowers 😊

13.02.2020 23:05
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Thank you for your kind comments @blessed-girl. I do put a lot of effort into the few posts I create, so it is always encouraging when it catches the eye of my readers.

This topic has inspired my beloved and I in ways we could not have imagined, as is hinted at under my lead image. I have always been passionate about life, but prior to this, it has been more narrowly focused on people.

Of course other people should remain our primary focus. It is just that these wonderful times of regeneration and renewal in the quiet of my own garden now have a much deeper meaning ...

With a small "window of opportunity," I have been able to get these last two posts out, as they are linked. It will likely be a while, before I can write the next one in this series ...

Until next time, I hope all is well with you and yours my dear friend. Thank you for stopping by!

13.02.2020 23:41
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@tipu curate

Wonderful post!

13.02.2020 23:13
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Upvoted 👌 (Mana: 10/20 - need recharge?)

13.02.2020 23:14
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Encouraging to "hear" you think so @revisesociology. Thank you sir! 🙂

13.02.2020 23:18
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Glad to "hear" your additional input here @revisesociology. I do not know your circumstances in life ...

"If Ever I'm in a situation where I need to put it to use I'll remember this post ..."

... but there is a remarkably diverse number of options, if doing any sort of gardening is a possibility. We find a great deal of peace and purpose in working in ours. Living a little "closer to the earth" than we have in the past ...

14.02.2020 13:01
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Well I have a tiny, tiny garden atm, but am looking to move to an eco-village in the very near future! So I might well be a lot closer to earth very soon!

14.02.2020 14:35
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Hmmm, an "eco-village?" What is that? And where is that? Somewhere there in the UK? If you have a link to a description of one, I'd welcome it and will take a look ...

14.02.2020 14:37
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Well I'm looking atm, but this is the most interesting, the one being set up through Steem...

https://www.ecovillages.io/

14.02.2020 17:29
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Wow, just read through the link you provided @revisesociology. I was not aware of anything like that in existence. Well, I guess it is not yet in existence, but looks like they are very serious about their vision of what "can be!"

Thanks for sharing it with me. I'll be interested to "hear" how it progresses!

14.02.2020 20:09
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This made me smile in a few places, particularly the parts about the persistence of weeds! Something we probably all have experienced...Sigh...

Interestingly, the picture of the "weed" being pulled seems to be marshmallow, which is actually an edible weed. Used in salads or like spinach. So many edible greens can be "spinach." 😆

Isn't it surprising how far such a big pile of mulch doesn't go?! You also never look at dropped branches in quite the same way again. Its no longer mess, it's a resource!

I have been mulching an area with the straw from the rabbit cages and using every bit of waste cardboard and paper we produce as waste. I also learnt early on not to be frugal with that coverage.

14.02.2020 00:11
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Yes @minismallholding, there is no question ...

"You also never look at dropped branches in quite the same way again. Its no longer mess, it's a resource!"

... for us we'll not be looking at any number of aspects of all we have learned in quite the same way again.

The "persistence of weeds" is a classic example. We watched a Geoff Lawson video explaining his remarkable view on different weeds and "weedy" bushes. His perspective was they are all, by design, serving a purpose. Each, in their own way, addressing a deficiency in the soil!?

Wow ... I would never have imagined that all those dandelions in my yard are a "good thing! I've known, going back to my Boy Scout days as a youth, that they are edible. Sort of ... 😉 But ... To consider their role in improving the soil would never have occurred to me.

Aspects of this whole new approach to gardening lead to my comments about being at this the rest of our lives. So much to learn and appreciate ...

Thank you for stopping by and adding value to this post!

14.02.2020 12:31
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14.02.2020 00:27
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I never imagined so much art and words could go in wood chips! You've been really busy both in the garden and writing. Many people would have broken this post up to smaller posts for obviously reasons 😉 I'm glad you didn't, and didn't expect you would either

14.02.2020 05:00
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Yes @livinguktaiwan, I have been well aware of this ...

"Many people would have broken this post up to smaller posts ..."

... and it represents a long-standing challenge for me "in here." For a time, I was intentionally trying to write posts with < 1,000 words. Didn't do too well ... I somehow felt like I was "cheating" ... 😉

Thank you for stopping by my friend and commenting! 👋

14.02.2020 12:45
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14.02.2020 05:48
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Very good. I hope others will find the information captured here of value, should they ever decide to travel a similar path into the wonderful world of gardening.

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14.02.2020 12:47
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14.02.2020 19:03
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Well, thank you for letting me know you found this post to have some value @innerblocks. I don't create a lot of content, as it is too time-consuming given my other responsibilities. But what I do write, I try to "make it count" ...

Thanks for stopping by and for your support!

14.02.2020 20:32
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Hi @roleerob. My goodness. How detailed you are in presenting your work. You make it sound effortless and easy. But I can see from all the detail and pictures this project took a lot of time and effort. Anytime you undertake a task such as this, that means you are a person who has patience and perseverance.

Thanks for sharing your project.

15.02.2020 02:15
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Yes @justclickindiva, there was a lot to it, but it was also very enjoyable. Inspirational even, as I felt years younger working on it.

As for this ...

"... you are a person who has patience and perseverance."

... I do have a lot of the latter, but patience? Well, as I grow steadily older, I guess I may have a little bit now ... 😊

Thank you for stopping by and commenting, adding value to this post! 👍 👋

15.02.2020 02:23
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LoL...yes, indeed I see patience in that project. And that's the bottom line because you can't rush through it and produce a quality product or result. And I see pride in your work also. That's my final verdict. Take care.

15.02.2020 03:47
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You really are on a grand adventure with your gardening! Maybe you will soon be the next gardening teacher, imparting the wisdom from all of your trials!

15.02.2020 04:15
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16.02.2020 17:57
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Thank you @steemitbloggers. I really appreciate your encouraging words and support! 😊 👍

16.02.2020 19:42
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Such a detailed post! I want to try it out one day as well, thanks for sharing :)

16.02.2020 18:10
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Thank you for letting me know you found it of interest @tobetada. If you any interest and opportunity for gardening at all, I highly recommend it!

Thanks for stopping by! 😊

16.02.2020 20:31
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Nothing to do with your awesomesauce post above @roleerob, but you're in spot #42 for this week's The Curation and Engagement Leagues 🏆 post by @abh12345. I'm sponsoring it with a 0.500 Steem @tipu tip, so here goes -

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17.02.2020 02:05
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Wow! Aside from a couple of "no self-vote" awards @traciyork, this is the first award I've ever received tied to CEL! 🤗

Thank you very much! Is all well with you on your journey here on our Steem blockchain?

17.02.2020 02:28
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Really, @roleerob? That's wicked cool! I mean, not that you haven't ever gotten another CEL award , but that I was able to give you your first! Thanks for telling me - totally made my night. 😊

And thanks also for asking - yes, my journey here on the Steem blockchain is forever getting better and better, even with all the current #Tron #FUD. How are things going for you?

17.02.2020 03:29
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Up before 🌄 (here) @traciyork and back "in here" for a bit, I am smiling at your response. 😊

For me, I have found my Steem journey somewhat of a roller coaster ride. I do not spend as much time engaging with it, as I once did. I cannot justify the seemingly insatiable time demands. To the extent that I once tried, the negative impact on my life in "the real world" brought me back to a better balance soon enough ...

Also, I suppose I must have a stronger sense of justice than many, as what I have "seen" going on in too many corners of the Steemisphere makes me angry. And frustrated that not enough is done to rectify these issues. Evidence of what I call "the human condition" is on grand display in a "decentralized" blockchain with no effective remedies for those damaged by it ...

But ... At the same time (as I had never had an online presence prior ...), there is an undeniable fascination with the opportunity to engage with others all over the world. And there are some undeniably good people, who persevere in spite of what I have written above. So ... I am still around. I even resumed some writing posts again recently!

Thanks again for the CEL gift and engaging with me here. I hope your new week is off to a flying start!

17.02.2020 14:18
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17.02.2020 02:05
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17.02.2020 22:34
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@roleerob Are you rich? Have you owned a farm and ranch and are you successful? Real America is a blessed country. Abundant produce is produced on fertile land. I envy you because I am a poor Korean.
I like your happy laugh.

19.02.2020 16:26
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😊 Interesting to me @silvergrifin007, that you would ask this question …

”Are you rich?”

… as it indicates our cultural differences. And that is okay, as it is part of engaging here on our Steem blockchain. In response, besides the post I wrote on this topic, as you represent yourself to be a Christian, these are the verses I would cite:

Proverbs 30:8-9
Romans 13:8

On this question …

“Have you owned a farm and ranch and are you successful?”

… I wrote a post about this as well and, in a long professional career, I have enjoyed success in 5 different industries. I am currently retired.

And yes …

”Real America is a blessed country. Abundant produce is produced on fertile land.”

… America has been a blessed country. And one which is following the Old Testament example of what happens to man far too often, when they are blessed with prosperity ….

I’ll close, having invested a considerable bit of time in my response to you, by addressing this …

”I envy you because I am a poor Korean.”

… through again citing a portion of God’s Word, Galatians 5:19-23. And gently and lovingly suggesting you want to progressively work on getting out of the first list and into the second … 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

19.02.2020 20:10
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You are creating a great legacy with these library of technical, savy and spiritually human ways to back to a relation of love with our planet, or as some people say our mother. You are really finding your concrete actions as contribution for a better future but inviting and teaching others with that gift of a great style in your words that's a lovely charm!!
I was thinking in the manual work you are doing in comparison with the +/- an hour that those wood chips were created from trees, as we see before! I'm sure many technicians are rethinking the approach of how machines and bio-technologies could work better for we as humans and not only for a few of corporations, but they need great impulse.
I send my best wishes for you and your wife, may these garden grow and touch many hearts!! Big Hug my dear Friend!!

19.02.2020 22:06
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Way behind "in here," with too many pressing matters "out there" ... Thank you @leveuf for stopping by and adding value to this post with your comments.

There is certainly a great unanswered question in what I am writing about discovering. And that, in my simple "pea brain," is what is the "right" way to grow our food? And what is the "wrong" way? While answering this question for me and my family, if these principles were applied on a broad scale, I am very clear the implications are profound.

Specifically, if we are slowly destroying the life giving properties of our fertile regions of the earth with heavily mechanized methods propped up with ever greater doses of artificial chemicals, what does the future hold? Should we all live much "closer to the earth" as was the case for much of mankind in centuries past?

I rest in peace knowing I don't need to spend much time worrying about it, though, as it has not been given to me to solve these problems for others. I have my "hands full" with just taking care of my family ...

I hope all is well with you and yours my dear friend!

22.02.2020 16:01
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Taking care of your family, home and neightborhood, are the bigest steps every person should take. Then comes cooperation. I'm sure your Garden will be a point of reunion for family and friends and certainly an inspiration.
Many blessings and good winds for every project my dear friend, hope you will handle the issues "out there" with ease. Send special good vibes to your daughter and sons, the best for life and projects!!
Much Love and Light for you my dear Friend!!

22.02.2020 20:29
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