"When God designed the land sake project for
planet earth, He is so genius, He designed it in such a way, that He would
never have to show up for work. It is completely self-sustained."
--Paul Gautschi, Organic Gardener, Washington
The Annie's Back To Eden Garden
website is just a personal one,
a kind of "records book," so I'll have the information at hand when I need
it. For those of you who have stumbled on this website, I hope you enjoy it
and maybe even learn something. I've tried to find from one to five of
the best articles on each subject, to get a better understanding of what to
Just about everything at Annie's "Back To Eden" Garden (ABTEG) is going
to be an "experiment" because I was NOT raised on a farm, but only had tiny
gardens in city backyards, and various animals (pets) during my lifespan. Am
retired now, so have lots of time to learn some new things, like... grow my
own heirloom veggies, canning, fishing and hunting, raising chickens,
mushrooms, bees, and worms, having a small dwarf fruit/nut orchard, doing
some water "harvesting" off my roof, maybe having a "greywater" system for
the front yard orchard, and having a way to help supply the local food bank.
Am old and have bad joints, so things go slowly, as I have to just "putter"
to get anything done.
"2013: Year of the Farmer"
Special webpage of Charles Spurgeon farmer quotes and sermons
"Workin' Farmer Style" Video Link
Dairy Farmer Music Parody
Truckers, Heartbeat of America
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3) When you see a Bible verse with an asterisk (*)
scroll down to the bottom of the page for more information.
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Everything at ABTEG is
going to be grown/canned
Chickens & Eggs
Goats and Milk
What I don't use/can myself will be sold at an Honor Stand in the front
yard, or donated to a food bank.
Fresh, locally-grown, organic produce at affordable prices!
Why Farm Organically? Here's one Farmer's opinion:
How does Organic Farming benefit Farmers?
HOME TOWN FARMS
What do I mean by "Organic?"
- No toxic synthetic pesticides, herbicides,
- No chemical fertilizers or sewer sludge used
- No planting of genetically engineered crops
or use of cloned animals
- No synthetic hormones or antibiotics
- No artificial preservatives
- No artificial colors or synthetic flavors or
- No trans fats
- No irradiation
This is the seal I'll be working toward:
Methods Hold Water" in Organic Gardening, written by Amanda
Kimble Evans. Also see CHART.
First, I had to find a new home. Made up a list of "criteria"
- decent soil, at least 1 acre, level, real
"seasons," nice neighbors, and not too far from a grass-fed dairy (for the
raw milk and manure). I picked Tennessee for it's soil and weather. Traveled
through 15 counties, and looked at more places then I could count, then it
dawned on me, that I'm old and shouldn't be too far from a hospital, so that
slowed things down a little. But finally found a nice home in Franklin
County. Closing date was last Oct 12th (2012), and received the keys on the
following Thursday. Now it's June and am just now moving to my new home
[update: It's August (2013) and found that the
outgoing plumbing was not hooked up (just laying on the ground under the
house), couldn't find the septic tank, the electrical wiring is shot, the
roof leaks, the well is full of bricks, the cistern is full of dirt, the
area I wanted for the garden has a "road" under it (4-6 inches of road
gravel)... sigh] Had
lots of plans, but, you know the old saying:
"If you want to give God a
giggle, tell Him your plans."
[new update: It's November
(2013), and have finally replaced most of the electrical wiring, repaired
most of the
plumbing, found and cleaned out the septic tank, had $5k worth of trees
removed (wow! Now I actually get sunshine and a nice breeze here!) removed a
load of poison ivy and oak, repaired and painted most of the barn, added a chicken
run (for meat) still not completed, and have started the process of repairing and painting walls
in the kitchen and utility room. Also bought two Mantis double composters,
and a wood chipper that will cut up to 4-inch branches.]
See more updates on the What's New page.
Here is a
picture of my NEW home in Franklin County!
Here's a link that will take you
PROJECTS I'll be starting around the new homestead.
Here are photos of Paul Gautschi (see quote at
top of page). Even though I have never personally met him, I feel like he is
my garden mentor. He and God were my inspiration for starting Annie's "Back
to Eden" Garden:
if you'd like to watch Paul's "Back To Eden" Documentary.
Some of Paul's visitors:
"Our Visit to Paul Gautschi's Back to Eden Garden" part 1
"Our Visit to Paul Gautschi's Back to Eden Garden" part 2
"Our Visit to Paul Gautschi's Back to Eden Garden" part 3
"Back To Eden Garden: 5 Month Update"
How To Prune Your Orchard Like Paul's - part 1
HERE by L2Survive
How To Prune Your Orchard Like Paul's - part 2
HERE by L2Survive
Lessons learned from Paul's
1) cut off all suckers.
2) where the branches are too full, cut branches toward the center to bring
3) shorten branches that will touch the ground so the fruit won't touch it.
4) cut off one of the branches when they are crossing one another.
5) you can save a larger cut branch in a cooler to graft later on in April.
6) several times during summer, use gloves and knock off the new buds.
7) don't worry about empty spaces, the tree will fill in next year.
8) trees are forgiving, if you make a mistake, the tree will give you new
options the following year.
9) unlike vegetables, fruit trees NEED to be cross pollinated.
10) Don't try planting the seeds from fruit trees because you will not get
the same variety.
11) nurseries bring in bare root fruit trees in February, that's the time to
The Gardener’s Prayer
O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain
every day, say from about midnight until three o’clock in the morning, but
you see, it must be gentle and warm, so that it can soak in; grant that at
the same time it would not rain on Campion, Alyssum, Helianthemum, Lavender,
and the others which You in Your infinite wisdom know are drought-loving
plants - I will write their names on a bit of paper if You like - and grant
that the sun may shine the whole day long, but not everywhere (not, for
instance, on Spirea, or on Gentian, Plantain-lily, and Rhododendron), and
not too much; that there may be plenty of dew and little wind, enough worms,
no plant-lice and snails, no mildew, and that once a week thin liquid manure
and guano may fall from heaven. Amen.
--Karel Capek (1890-1938)
"Thou wilt bring them in, and plant them on Thy own
mountain, the place, O Lord, which Thou hast made for Thy abode, the
sanctuary, Lord, which Thy hands have established." (Exodus 15:17 RSV)