Depending on your technique, gardening can be labor intensive. Tilling, watering, and fertilizing can turn an enjoyable hobby into back-breaking and cumbersome work. There is one method of gardening, however, that eliminates the chores we dread. It’s called hugelkultur.
There is a garden nestled among the trees of Sequim, WA, that has gained worldwide attention through an internet documentary called Back to Eden. The documentary stars a humble, but revolutionary, gardener named Paul Gautschi and his home garden. Paul hasn’t watered his garden in 34 years, he doesn’t rotate his crops or till his soil, and his only garden tools are a rake and a wheelbarrow. The results? Pests and disease don’t bother his plants and the food he grows is juicier and sweeter than anything I’ve ever tasted. Even better, his methods are completely free.