Paul Gautschi: Back to Eden Gardening

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Back to Eden Gardening

Paul Gautschi, Back to Eden, 22 Oct 2017


Back to Eden: Trailer.


Back to Eden Film shares the story Paul Gautschi and his lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive organic gardening methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The food growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. Never, until now, have Paul’s organic gardening methods been documented and shared like this!


Paul Gautschi​: ​Founder of Back to Eden Gardening

Paul Gautschi has been an organic gardener for over 55 years and is known locally as a master arborist. In 1979 Paul and his family moved to the Northern Peninsula of Washington from California. As a father to 7 children, he has raised food for his family and friends – never to sell. Paul has given lively tours of his orchards and gardens to international groups from 1 to 450 who have also enjoyed the fruits of his labor. 

What is No-Till Gardening?

No-till gardening is an easy way to grow vegetables and fruits without tilling the soil. Instead of tilling the soil, you covering your soil with layers of mulch. Back to Eden Gardening is a no-till gardening technique that uses wood chips to mulch a garden. By layering mulch on a garden, you promote soil health and growth.



Paul Gautschi has popularized wood chip gardening, a no-till gardening technique. After using a variety of mulch in his gardens and orchards, Paul’s favorite mulch is wood chips. However, if you don’t have access to wood chips Paul recommends an organic, natural material that is local to you. Paul has used most every type of mulch including straw, grass clippings, leaves, animal manure, and rocks.



Mulch allows water to pass through easily while covering the composted soil below. The covering reduces water loss from erosion by retaining moisture. Wood chip gardening eliminates the need for irrigation by 95%.

Mulch promotes healthy soil. It creates an environment for beneficial organisms and microorganisms to thrive. When you till, you disrupt the soil’s ecosystem and beneficial organisms. Every time you water or it rains, compost tea is being distributed to the soil below the covering which fertilizes your plants.

Mulch reduces weeds that germinate in your garden. Weeds that do grow are easy to pull out of the soft, aerated soil below the covering.

Mulching your garden reduces most of the hard work that is traditionally associated with gardening. By covering you garden, you will spend less time watering, weeding, tilling, and fertilizing. You will spend more time building your soil and harvesting the most bountiful garden!