When we moved to Columbia County, Oregon, the property had an 80ft x 80ft fenced garden area that was “let go” by previous renters. The Summer of 2012, we borrowed a neighbor’s tiller and tilled the entire area except the raspberry, mint, and rhubarb patches. It looked much better, and we had a sense of satisfaction, but a week later, the whole area was covered in weeds!
When Paul shared his (tilling = weeds) experience in Back to Eden, that really got our attention, because we had experienced it ourselves. Though we had lived in the fertile Willamette Valley for nearly two decades, we were marginal gardeners. Our Columbia County garden was much the same, except for the things that were volunteer or perennial: mint. rhubarb, and the raspberries.
We so desire a beautiful, bountiful garden…and it is our fervent hope that our GFGW (Growing Food God’s Way) garden will exceed our expectations. After all, Paul says that with a proper covering: “It is impossible to fail.”