Ruth stout no work garden book


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Ruth Stout No Work Garden Book

Ruth Imogen Stout (June 14, – August 22, ) was an American author best known for her "No-Work" gardening books and techniques. Nicknamed the "Mulch Queen", Ruth Stout was born in the United States It's easy to see with the titles of her books: Gardening Without Work. Ruth Stout Gardening; No Work Gardening; Mulch Gardening writing lively gardening books, including How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back.

As early as , she realized that all traditional methods of working with the soil digging, weeding, watering, plowing, hoeing , could be replaced by simply adding a layer of hay on the ground. She wrote a chronicle about this particular approach for the magazine Organic Farming and Gardening from to She also published several books about her methods. Stout emphasized the simplicity of her methods, and the way the gardener benefits from extra free time and rest. She made it a principle to speak only from experience, only from the results she had observed herself.

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Image from Homestead. Spoiled or regular hay, straw, leaves, pine needles, sawdust, weeds, garbage — any vegetable matter that rots. No, they just remain mulch longer, which cuts down on labor.

Can one use leaves without hay? Yes, but a combination of the two is better, I think. What is spoiled hay?

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It may have, for instance, become moldy — if it was moist when put in the haymow — but it is just as effective for mulching as good hay, and a great deal cheaper. Can you use grass clippings? You plant exactly as you always have, in the Earth. You pull back the mulch and put the seeds in the ground and cover them just as you would if you had never heard of mulching.

To kill unwanted weeds all you need do is turn over the chunk of hay. It will no doubt be walked on, and rain may come; in any case, it will settle. But I no longer need it; the ever-rotting mulch takes its place. I sort of complained, in my first book, that no one ever wrote an ode to manure, and through the years since then at least a half-dozen people have sent me poems they composed about manure piles.

Plant disease and insect attack diminish. Above all, the growing medium becomes buffered, able to tolerate extremes of temperature and precipitation.

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Eventually, there is little need for downloadd fertilizers, though crops such as corn should always have extra nitrogen in some form. It is in the short run—one growing season — that the mulch system can provide great gardening success—or catastrophe. It protects the soil and plant roots from drying winds, extreme temperatures and the hot sun. Unfortunately it does this in early spring just as effectively as in midsummer.

Seeds and plants mulched early on can take weeks longer to get under way. So the first rule: never have mulch on early in the season, except if you do want some late asparagus or will wait, as I once did, until August for spring carrots. Miss Stout cones with this by raking back her old mulch to lay bare the seed rows before planting no work, did someone say?

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Others, at any time from the prior fall to early spring, simply disk or rototill much of last season's mulch roughly into the soil. Only after the soil is really warm, and young plants have made some growth, is it time to lay or rake the heavy mulch on most of the garden.

For a starter, there will be hardly any need for weeding—a little more mulch takes care of whatever comes through. Certain vegetables thrive under heavy mulch as with no other gardening system that I've tried.

Tomatoes, too and I prefer leaves to hay for these two vegetables can produce heavy crops until frost when mulched, while their unmulched brothers in the same soil need more watering and care and even so begin to lose productivity in the late season.

Tomatoes need no staking when mulched, for the piles of leaves keep the stems propped up and the fruit off the ground.

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