The Backyard Food Forest Garden is still producing a lot of 100% Organic Food. Using a no dig method and applying mulch allows us to work with nature and grow fruits and vegetables without using harmful practices. Like Bill Mollison says, “If you want organic food, you have to grow organic food.”
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No Dig Gardening Harvest, Backyard Permaculture Food Forest

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  • Joli Garcon

    James, I have been watching your videos since cancer diagnosis October 2016. Once I got on the other side of an 18 month treatment plan I had six 4×6 raised beds built. The guy that built them put dirt mixed with the original clay in the boxes. I had a horrible harvest. I did not use any type of fertilizer or chemicals. I picked off hornworms from tomato plants and lost squash plants to squash bore. My limas grew but never filled out with plump beans before drying on plants. I planted 20 fruit trees behind the fenced in raised bed area. Then got 2 dump truck loads of hardwood mulch from my neighbors tree removal job on March. My yard guy had his brothers spread the mulch in the tree area. About 8 inches thick. I saved some in an area so it could break down and be used in the garden area later. Questions. Is there such a thing as dead spoil and I need to remove this soil and start over? Or, is there some kind of natural additives I can mix in with the soil. I still have a foot of room in the box that were built 18" high. When I was young I grew up with a huge Garden that my mother would tell up with a tiller and she could grow anything and this Garden fed our family of seven and she even had plenty to can to last through the winter. Can you give me some ideas of what I am doing wrong I am trying to do organic and either things are just not growing or the hornworms and squash bores are getting it. I want to do whatever it takes over the course of the winter and spring in order to have a nice Garden next year. The local County Extension Office suggested I go to Home Depot and buy new dirt in bags. A combination of too soil, black core manure, peat moss. My mom never used store bought soil. We had a plot next to the house and just filled and planted. Do I improve/amend the soil, it so with what? Or, remove the soil and start over, if so with what? And then next year plant and put a layer of mulch on top of soil? Thank you.

  • Heather Esquivel

    Can you cut open on camera one of the tomatoes that's split on top? It's really common for them to split but people think they're no good and completely rotten inside. It would be nice to see how nice they really are inside and how usable they still are.

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