36 thoughts on “Back To Eden Gardening~Mulching Blackberries

    croc1935

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    is pine needles good for mulching for blackberrys

    Mark Saggese

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    You are my go to for Raspberries/ Blackberries,  Thanks for the videos.   Although the Kabota would save me a lot of work, I will stick with the old fashion hoe and shovel for now.

    Red Engine

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Should I water my blackberry plants before I pile my mulch on ?? I don't have a water dripper.

    Steven Anthony Jolly

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Woodash

    Jeff Cram

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    My suggestion would be not to try 'improving' on nature, by piling the wood chips unnaturally against the trees. I dont see large mounds of mulch in nature. Also the tree roots spread out, so you want the 'magical compost tea' all around, not just at the trunk of the trees.

    miao mei

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    WHY SO MANY CHIPS? :3

    michael keen

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    I have just *thanksgiving) put 4 five gallon buckets of cow compost dried well and 2 of the same buckets of sawdust on 20 primocanes i planted in the spring. Is this enough compost or do i need more. thats avg. a gallon of compost and woodchips per plants need more?

    Carol Ferguson

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    We found that our wood chips filled our beds with Grubs ! 

    Cassity ART

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    We just planted blackberries -triple crown and use the BTE method for everything.  I noticed that ants tend to be around the wood chips when they are dry or not holding water or moister under the top layer.  After a good rain the ants move out.  The fire ants here are looking for a dry place to live too.  We collect rain water and spray the ant mounds till soaked.  Thanks for the great posts!

    justgivemethetruth

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Great video and I am impressed and happy for your enthusiasm and success … BUT, when you make a video about blackberries can you show the blackberries bushed and who about some blackberries themselves instead of just panning down to the ground and showing endless shots of wood chips?

    I notice that most of these Back To Eden things are great at showing wood chips in winter, but they rarely actually show plants growing, healthy and bearing fruit.  You do the same thing … we just get tantalizing glimpses of your blackberry bushes, and not a single dang blackberry.  What is up with this with your Back To Eden people?

    Adrian Fox

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    I'm now into my FOURTH month of shredding almost every day with a smallish electric shredder to get enough stuff to deep mulch my entire plot.  Nobody here gives shreddings or woodchips away; in fact they are extremely expensive to buy.  After all this work, this method had better work!   Must admit, so far it looks very promising, though I find planting out small seedlings a bit of a problem,  and the chickens just love to dig up my mulch looking for worms, regardless of whether there are plants in it or not.

    richard olson

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    new suber here.could you update us on how 2014 growing season went.thanks for your channel

    Sharecropping Prepper

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Do you think you will have a lot of shoots this spring my brother and I would like to come get some if you do?

    Adrian Fox

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    As I said they spread from shallow suckers and roots,  unlike blackberries which tip layer and are deep rooted.  But obviously the thing to do is to try!   I can imagine the suckers will be very at home in the mulch and as they love moisture that should help them.  I will try doing this with one of my raspberry patches this coming summer and compare the results!   Thanks again for your inspiring video.

    Adrian Fox

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Would this work with raspberries which are far shallower in rooting and suckering?  I mulch my raspberries but the weeds always take over and it would be good to use a very deep mulch as in this video. 

    Wink TartanBelle

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    I recently saw that aspartane (artificial sweetener) kills fire ants.  I haven't tried it yet myself.  Anyone else tried it?

    moogie1953

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    You mentioned fire ants in this video. I just found your Back to Eden videos and already have several huge loads of wood chips that were delivered a year or so ago. However, they are a magnet for fire ants and was wondering how you get rid of the fire ants? I need to wheelbarrow the chips to my orchard/garden, but the fire ants are a real problem.  Any suggestions?

    Mumwaldee

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    If you leave the chips down too long do the berries start sending roots up through/into them?

    Walt Lars

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Have You thought about a mini snow plour blade set up for a rideing lawn mower tractor for the middle rows ?

    jmarylastone

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    just wondering when I saw you with the tractor "pushing" that mulch could you not have "angled" that attachment (or another one) and gone down between the rows and pushed the mulch to one side? like push half the row of mulch to one side and half to the other? seems as that would be easier than by hand

    VeganMarcella andMore

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Thank you for your videos, they are enjoyable to watch. I am  in the middle of making my garden area into a Back to Eden garden, I am putting about one foot or more wood chips on top (using a wheelbarrow, eek!), I did not lay paper down as I don't want to put the ink and paper chemicals into my organic garden. I am hoping the vines, weeds, and such will not grow thru. Did you find that deep chips pretty much stopped the grass and weeds?

    TheVegetablegardener

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Love using wood chips! check my garden out.

    426 SUPER BEE

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Over the years i found the blackberries are very hardy and are hard  to kill out, they like poor sandy soil, they don't like clay hard soil too much. They can stand over watering or under watering in the cold and heat as well.  Like poison ivy, oak, and poke salad ect. any small seed the birds can swallow is mix around the seeds with bird poop which helps to germinate the seeds off to a new start.      To fine blackberries just keep looking where the birds poop at.  I like all kinds of birds but when fruit is on the trees and berries it time for them to GO and fine some grass hoppers !   Idk why any one would want to get rid of blackberries, but if you do Run the birds off and look for the blackberry runner and pull them up and use Round up.                                                                                                       I don't like wood chips cause it draws TERMITES and then the Blackberries don't do good and will die out

    AlexTourism

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Gardening is the best medicine!thanks for the video

    MORNING GARDENER'S SHOW.

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Really good job you did on these woodchips, I kept mine at 6 inches deep but I did poor mounds next to each tree. This is my second year using the which it. My soil has definitely changed for the better. The only thing I don't like doing is moving the 10,000 pounds of woodchips by hand I was looking for some type of front loader that will be small enough for my small yard.

    TexasPrepper2

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Some of the rows I used paper, but most I did not. I really can't tell any difference.
    I use very little fertilizer. Mulching them deep in the fall means the resulting compost will feed them pretty good. I sprayed once this spring with compost tea, but that's pretty much it.

    Duro boyss

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Thank you for answer my question, sir.
    Did you use paper under your wood chips? ( I know is to cut in the weeds).
    Results without paper, to many weeds?
    manure,how much? compost, how much? Thank you very much in advance

    PJ D

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Your berry patch looks fantastic, with all that mulch on it. I would love to have some like that too? The "Back to Eden" guy I don't think he doesn't water any of his garden, as it stays wet all season long?

    Homestead Acres

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    Your blueberries are looking great!  We started experimenting with the Back To Eden mulching this year and it worked very well for us.  Actually the only areas of the garden that produced well were the ones with deep mulch.

    sunny patch farm

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    will you abandon your drip irrigation now or continue to use it?

    M0D0C42

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    I wish I could find a good source for free wood chips. I live in the middle of a forest, you wouldn't think that would be such a challenge.
    You got the place looking good. :)

    Tina Fisher

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    what a beautiful crop and pretty land.

    hurdman

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    I am so glad we do not have fire ants here!

    datoken

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    if you plant a row of blackberries, then a row of raspberries, and a row of blueberries.. will they cross pollinate? 

    Tom Brueggen

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    You're certainly an intelligent enough fella. I bet your could make a small hay rake sort of tool that is narrow enough to go down the walkway and push the mulch to the side. Then again, I don't know if you'll be doing this in the future, or if this was just a one time fix. I'm thinking for mulching up the rows in the future you could use something like a grain wagon with a side chute. 

    Sheila6325

    (December 18, 2016 - 2:08 pm)

    You could still sell me some.

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