Saturday, February 4, 2012

Winner: Back To Eden DVD!

Have you had a chance to watch the free Back To Eden movie yet? I hope so! Many of you have left some great comments, some sharing good experiences and others some concerns. All of this is good information as I start to move forward with an experiment to cover my garden in wood chips.

How fast this will happen remains to be seen. I've had to get on a list or two for a delivery of chips and both of those will only occur if they trim trees in my area. The good news is, lots of trees exist in my immediate neighborhood and tree trimming trucks are often seen around the community. I just have to be patient.

Finding newspapers has been surprisingly difficult. I use to get what I needed at the newspaper office, but now they sell the old editions. I tried our small local paper and when I was in the "big city" I tried the newspaper office there as well, but while both gave me a very small stack, they reserve most to sell. I have the word out, but not as many people take the paper anymore.

Laying down newsprint is not necessary for Paul's method, but I had a weed problem last year and I want to make an attempt to rid my garden of most of these. I'll still have some, but hopefully they will be easier to pull. It certainly worked in my initial application a couple of years ago. To this day, although the newspapers have broken down, there are very few weeds. However, I should mention that this is mostly pathways between boxes which only receive water from the boxes that seep. (Note: many newspapers now use a safer soy based ink - you'll need to ask if have any concerns about toxic ink substances.)

For those of you who haven't watched the movie yet, you might want to read my summery post or Chaya's review on her blog (our give-away hostess!). If you want to purchase a video to share with others or if you are unable to view it on-line because of dial up or other issues, Chaya sells this as well as a host of other wonderful pantry items at Pantry Paratus

Now, I know you want to know who won, right? Congratulations goes to...

I'll be in touch, Hoosier Girl! Have fun sharing your new DVD with all your friends!

For more information on the "Back To Eden" method, be sure to read over their page "How To Get Back To Eden"


  1. Congratulations Hoosier Girl. Thank you Amy for hosting such meaningful giveaways. I look forward to them.

  2. Thankfully Papa's wood workings creats a lot of sawdust and wood chips that we use and we have a local newspaper delivered once a week and I have lots saved as we also use it to start up our wood stove our newspaper is printed with non toxic ink I believe it's made with linseed ! What we do is soak the newspaper lay it down then put garden filter cloth on top then soil and then the wood chips and that keeps out the weeds. I also store and use the ash from our wood stove it is also good for the gardens . I will have to check out that movie . Hope you can get all you need for your gardens , that time is just around the corner ! Have a wonderful day !

  3. Amy, if newspaper proves difficult to find, you can also use cardboard in the same manner; lay the cardboard down, wet thoroughly, top w/ mulch or soil.

    I watched the "Return to Eden" video and shared it on my facebook page for all my gardening friends.

  4. Oh my goodness! I'm doing the Happy Dance right now!!! I've tried several times to watch it online but I have slow, rural internet so...Yippee!!!!! Thanks so much!!

  5. Congrats to Hoosier Girl on winning the giveaway. I'm going to read your review about that documentary film, too!!! Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  6. What a helpful, encouraging blog you have created! I'm so glad to find you and will be stopping back by often!

    Have a wonderful day!

  7. Amy,
    Have you considered your local library or schools? Ours get lots of different newspapers everyday and maybe they would save them for you? Looking forward to your version of Eden. :)

  8. I am SO grateful you shared about this film!! How incredibly inspirational! My husband and I watched it, and are now definitely implementing this woodchip mulching method in our own garden. Thank you, Amy!

  9. Thank you for sharing this movie! It took me several days to get around to watching it (homeschooling kids, ya know!) and I'm so glad I did! Wow, is it refreshing to learn about something I'm so passionate about and have the guy praising the Lord the whole way through! That really blessed my heart!

    I will be watching to see your progress, and eagerly making plans of my own to implement these "new" methods!

    Thanks, Amy, for your wonderful blog. It is truly a source of wise counsel and useful information to me. Oh yeah, I'm also about to order worms and start making "tea"! :D


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