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10 Responses to “Visiting Eden”

  1. Sarah says:

    I want to go there. I want to be there. I want to take my family and never leave there.

  2. Jan says:

    Jeanne, thank you for putting this together so we could see the beautiful garden that Paul tends faithfully. I just mentioned this to some friends that will be moving to Sequim soon. I hope they have a chance to visit him. They love to garden. I love the pictures of your family enjoying this experience. Jan

  3. Thanks Jeanne for the fantastic tour through Paul’s garden in Sequim. People with Agent Orange problems usually die of cancer. 15% of the fellows in our combat unit died. Two more fatalities were just reported to our veterans’ website. Being at risk from the same exposure, I hope I am not next.

  4. Scott Troller says:

    I’ve had Paul and his “Sustainable Permaculture” technique of gardening in the back of my head for a year now. I even tried it out with cucumbers on a small patch next to the house but it failed due to using a mushroom soil mix under the covering with far too many wood chips which I believed robbed the nitrogen. Three months ago I had the local arborist dump a truck load of wood chips on the driveway which is decomposing quite well. Thinking of building a large screener to set on some saw horses, screening these chips is going to be very time consuming yet beneficial.
    Thank-you for the thorough tour of Paul’s garden we definitely would like to do the same in the near future.

    • jeanne says:

      Scott…this next spring will be our first year gardening in wood chips. And from what we understand from Paul, it just gets better year after year. Or at least the ground does–it just keeps breaking down. Our own gardening efforts have been pathetic in the past, and it seems like we’ve tried it all–manure, location, lots of watering. So these past few months, we’ve ripped out our raised beds, leveled the ground and accumulated wood chips from anywhere we could. We haven’t done any sort of screening process with the chips, like you mention–we’re just going to let it all break down as it will. I think we’re just excited now with all the possibilities.
      The fact that you already have chips decomposing is awesome. Can’t wait to hear how your garden takes off next summer.

  5. […] After which we trekked to Sequim, WA, to visit Paul Gautschi for ourselves and learn more about this gardening with wood chips stuff. If you’d like to catch up on that visit, you can read about it here. […]

  6. Scott Toutant says:

    I first heard about Paul and back to eden gardening last year from a co-worker so I checked out the website and thought about all winer long. I called a friend who has a nice garden today to see if he knew where to get wood chips and without pause told me to stop by and pick up as much as I wanted. Apparently he had some pines cut down from the power company and they had been sitting all winter. I called a fellow church member today that works at a nursery and asked about mulch and he told me to back my trailer up tomorrow and he’d fill me up! Coincidental…. I don’ t think so. God gives us all we need. 🙂 Last week a fellow teacher gave me a box of newspapers so this afternoon my two sons and I started spreading newspapers and covering with wood chips. Funny, they didn’t complain and felt like they were part of something good. We live a few miles away from Jung seed company so I’ve been filling out a wish list of veggies and can’t wait to get planting soon. Thanks for sharing your experience with Paul.


  7. Kati Evans says:

    Can you tell me how he can be contacted to set up a tour


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