We began the Back to Eden gardening adventure on October 29, 2011. Here's what we've experienced so far.
The number and amount of weeds is drastically reduced. However we have dollar weed, and another grass/weed that I can not get control of. No matter how much mulch I place on top. It is recommended 6". We are at least that if not more, but still they will not abate. And no matter how often I pull them out, they just return, and more. I'm convinced for each one I pull, three more show up.
There are no more mud problems. Although we haven't had much rain to speak of the past several months, and we're under "red flag" warnings, but when it does, it is easy to maneuver around. The mud was so bad it would capture your boots and pull them right off!
There are definitely more spiders. I wonder if this is because of the mulch itself, or that I can now pick them out because of the mulch. They haven't bothered me yet, and I know they eat some garden pests, so they will stay right where they are at for the time being. Like I have anything to do with it.
At this stage, our garden is a bit anemic. My plants are not abundantly green, or bushy. I have had success growing beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini at this point, however they are not the size plants I would like to see. Our soil is extremely acidic, and before we started the BtoE program, we never got a handle on that problem. There doesn't seem to be enough lime on the planet to help correct this issue. We cheated a bit as well, and have tried to use up the Miracle Grow we had in inventory to help the plants along. It helps for about a week, and then the plants yellow up and thin out. The purpose of the program was to help eliminate the need for chemicals to make your garden prosper. The jury is still out, we'll keep going as it may take a year or two to get the kind of results we really want.
We are having good success with romaine and spring mix lettuce. Really no problems here. See the photo, notice the friendly dollar weed?
The butternut squash we planted are also taking off. At this point, it looks like the watermelon, cantaloupe and pumpkin will do fine too.
Other than that, we'll keep you posted on the BtoE program results. In the meantime, we had a whirling dervish in the corn. A twisted up, broken off mess! That ends corn for the season. It wasn't doing that great anyway, but it's sad to see it happen after all the energy needed to work a garden.
The pond level is seriously down, we really need rain. The water used to cover the bucket with an inch or two over the top. Palm fronds are in the pond to help create a shady area for the tilapia, just in case you were wondering.
One final note; here are some photos of the Hooligans Class of 2012. They are now three weeks old, and a very friendly group. Still to be named, except for one who is Elmer. He had a case of pasty butt. Can you figure out why he's called Elmer? The Moose came up with that one, and it stuck. (no pun intended)
Off to our daughters graduation in Gainesville! Have a great weekend and thanks for following along!