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Gardening God’s Way Part Two

Posted by on March 9, 2015

I want to know all I can learn about Gardening God’s Way. How does He want us to tend His garden, to plant to His glory?

Gardening God's Way Part 2 - IdlewildAlaska

Like I said in my previous post

Years ago, long before I knew I’d be striving towards the “homestead life,” I heard Brother Kenneth Copeland say something. It was during one of the many droughts going through the Texas/ Oklahoma area. He said that God had told him that everything farmers needed to know to successfully farm the land was in the Bible. But Brother Copeland said he wasn’t called to preach on it, so he didn’t. Even though I didn’t have a garden at the time or for many years to come, that one thought stuck with me. I wanted to know what the Bible said about farming; what were they doing wrong?

A couple years after that, I was reading something (I don’t really remember what), but it said that the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s was completely manmade and could have been avoided, but it didn’t really say how.

For some reason, those two tidbits of information stuck together in my brain and I’ve never been able to forget them. What was in the Bible for farmers? How could the Dust Bowl have been avoided?

Honestly, the part about what was in the Bible stuck with me more. I tried studying it out on my own, but never got very far. The Bible doesn’t really get into detail about the every day chores of gardening. Obviously it talks about a garden in Genesis with the garden of Eden. God didn’t exactly lay out a companion planting list for me there. I knew in the Book of Matthew, Jesus talked in the parable about sowing in good soil. (Matthew 13:1-23) I already knew I needed good soil to plant. What was I missing?

As much as I love the book Born Again Dirt (which I talked about in Part 1), I still wanted more. Born Again Dirt was the why we garden to the glory of God. There are a few “how’s,” but still not what I was really looking for. I knew there was more in scripture for me. I wanted the step-by-step, how to. How did God set up the Garden of Eden? How did he want Adam and Eve to care for it? (Genesis 2:15) What was His plan all along for us?

And then He brought me the video, Back to Eden. I had been hearing a bit about it in online homesteading circles, but never paid it much attention. I figured I’d get around to watching it eventually.  I finally did.

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Within the first five minutes of the video, my jaw was on the floor. I could hardly believe what I was seeing. This was EXACLTY what I’ve been looking for all these years, ever since I first heard Brother Copeland. This was the “how-to” I wanted. This was the natural, organic gardening that God set up in the Garden of Eden and always intended for man, until sin came along. (Genesis 3)

“After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues. None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul’s gardens and orchards.”  Click here to view more details

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Paul Gautschi in his garden.

I watched the video online for free (Click here to view more details) and promptly ordered my own copy. This is one of those things I will watch over and over and make my entire family watch. Every gardener, whether it’s a flower box or a commercial farm, should watch this film. It completely changed the way I look at gardening. Not only did Paul show you the step-by-step of his garden, but he backs up everything with scripture. Just what I was looking for! This is what Brother Copeland was talking about all those years ago. (He addresses my Dust Bowl question too!)

When Jesus said His yoke was easy and burden is light (Matthew 11:30), He meant that in every aspect of our lives, including gardening, if we’ll let Him into our lives to walk with us and teach us. I can’t wait to start working on my garden this spring!

After all, God is the Creator and the Master Gardener. Who better to learn from?

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7 Responses to Gardening God’s Way Part Two

  1. Rebekah

    I stumbled across this post on pinterest and just had to see what it was all about. I never knew there were books about gardening God’s way. I am going to have to look at them. Thanks so muh for posting!

  2. Alicia

    Back to Eden is one of my favorite documentaries of all time. It motivated me to expand my garden several years ago, when I wanted more food but not the work. I’ve watched it several times, it never gets old. My kids liked it too!

  3. Jess

    There’s also a YouTube channel called L2Survive …it’s Paul’s neighbor I think and he does interviews with him and films his yearly garden tour.
    So if the movie isn’t enough for you, you need to check out those videos 🙂

  4. Nichole

    i tell every online forum group I can about BTE gardening. I’m sure people do like you did, and just glaze over and don’t watch it. But it is the only answer to every single problem that I had in my garden and I had every single problem. Two weeks after I started doing back to Eden, My strawberry plants perked up like crazy and started producing hundreds of strawberries all I did was put 6 inches of wood chips down around them and water well and they went absolutely crazy. I did not mix the chips and I simply placed them on top of the soil and water well. I then put 8 inches of chips around every single vegetable plant in my P patch. When I wanted to plant fresh I would part the chips and plant the seeds into the soil, keep them watered well and wait for them to come up to 3 inches I would then push the chips around the small plants. I only had to water every once in a while I cut my water bill by 90 percent doing this. Every single problem that I had ,disease, pest, went away within one year. it’s been 3 1/2 years now, And I don’t have a single problem anymore all I have is perfect vegetables just like the three times that I’ve visited Paul’s farm. absolute perfection. This is why I will never shut up about this method, I will tell every person who does or does not want to listen because I have had all the problems and they are absolutely gone with this method

  5. Carla

    I really enjoy your posts. This will be my third or fourth (time is getting away from me) season using the Back to Eden garden method. I am amazed with how well it really works. I am from the Southern Middle Tennessee area. My husband, who has farmed row crops for the past several years, did not believe this method of gardening would work. Me being me set out to prove him wrong. : ) I firmly told him to stay out of the garden and absolutely not to touch it or turn the soil with the tractor. It was all he could do to stay out. He continually tried to convince me to let him turn the soil. I fortunately was able to keep him at bay. After the last conventional garden season was over, I began collecting mounds and mounds of wood chips from our local electrical company. Next I got a bale of cardboard from a local grocery store. The kids and I spread out the cardboard and then began spreading the wood chips. We spread the wood chips from 6 -10 inches deep. I followed Paul Gautchi’s instructions for planting. To my husband’s amazement, we had a very good garden that first year. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked. I was convinced as the chips broke down, all the things that struggled a little would only improve, and they have. Last year was a great year. The only thing I would say to anyone who thinks that a Back to Eden garden removes the work involved in tending a garden completely is mistaken. At least where I live, the weeds have still managed to make their ugly appearance, but are so easily removed with a little pull. Over this past winter, the chickweed and ground ivy have covered my garden. I try not to become disheartened because I know it will all be just fine. Especially when I see the mounds of growing woodchips my friends from the local electrical company keep supplying me. I have been blessed. God has shown me such amazing things in His creation. I give all glory and praise to him. As you so beautifully stated in one of your previous posts, I no longer want to be self-sufficient, but “God Sufficient”!! I love that!!

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