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Download MP3 Season 3 Episode 1
Have we been lied to about food?
Jack Spirko from The Survival Podcast turned me on to several BBC shows dedicated to historical farming. One of which is Tudor Monastery Farm. In this show the actors try to recreate life on the farm just as if they were currently living in the time period.
In Episode one they have to build an enclosure for their pigs. In keeping with the construction techniques of the time they decide to build a wattle fence from coppiced hazel. When I saw them do this a light bulb went off in my head. I realized that I have hundreds of young alder trees on my property that would make a perfect wood for such a fence, and the price is perfect, FREE!
According to Wikipedia: "Wattle is a lightweight construction material made by weaving thin branches (either whole, or more usually split) or slats between upright stakes to form a woven lattice. It has commonly been used to make fences and hurdles for enclosing ground or handling livestock. The wattle may be made as loose panels, slotted between timber framing to make infill panels, or it may be made in place to form the whole of a fence or wall. The technique goes back to Neolithic times."
In my previous post entitled, My Back To Eden Garden, I explained how I built my Back To Eden Garden (BTEG)
I planted the following in it
Transplants also from seed:
From starts purchased from big box stores:
After I built my garden I let it sit for a week or so before planting. When I pulled back the wood chips I was delighted to see a lot of worms. I was sure this was a very good sign. The soil beneath the chips was nice and most even though I had not watered it for some time.
Back in March of 2013 I watched Paul Gautschi's "Back To Eden" documentary http://vimeo.com/28055108 and I decided to build my own "Eden" garden.
The theory behind the "Back to Eden" (BTE) style garden is simple. When you one looks at a mature forest one notices that there is nobody maintaining it. No one irrigating, amending the soil or weeding it. Despite this apparent neglect most forests thrive without any human intervention. The fertility of the soil is achieved through natural mulching and composting from leaves, needles, branches and various other organic litter. The BOE garden tries to mimic this natural process by using mulch in the form of wood chips.
In May of 2012 we purchased 2 wiener pigs from a local Craigslist ad for $80 each. They were a couple of castrated males. One was a pink pig, the other was black and pink.
We kept them in a 7' x 12' dog run for a few days until we bought 6 16' x 3' hog panels and 12 5' T-Posts.
The pigs main job was to clear one of our pastures that had become overgrown with salmon berries and blackberries. Using the hog panels and T-posts I assembled a 16' x 32' run for them to live in. I made a 3 walled shelter from 3 pallets that had plywood tops. This wasn't the best shelter for them but it did keep them dry.