December 27, 2009

Going Hay Crazy for Ruth Stout. how could I ever forget!

You must see the newly discovered videos of Ruth Stout. Who is Ruth Stout you may ask? Well, thanks to fellow blogger Margaret Roach, and her recent post on Ruth Stout which had me reminiscing and running to my library, she was the author of the 1962 classic organic gardening book The No Work Garden Book. Born in 1882, and living to the age of 96, Ruth Stout was highly influencial to many of us who lived and gardened in the 1960's and 70's. He methods were so simple, use mulch, lots of it, and only use hay as mulch. No fertilizers, no insecticides, and no work ( unless you call spreading hay and harvesting loads of vegetables, work. I remember my mother buying me the Ruth Stout No Work Garden book back in the early 70's while on a summer vacation in Maine, and I read the entire book in a few days. It changed how I garden forever. Her use of hay as a mulch is a method I still use today. FInd her book on vintage book sites, and try out her methods which are simply timeless, and perhaps, more relevant than ever, today.

I can't think of Ruth Stout without reliving her stories about Asapragus, her methods for raising annual Phlox, sweet peas, and tomoatos. If you are a new gardeners, track down her book. And now, Margaret Roach shares her long lost videos! Visit her blog to check them out.2010 resolution: a ‘no-work’ garden?

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  1. I will definitely have to find that book. Most of the organic farming tips I know came from older generation friends and neighbors who so kindly shared their knowledge.

  2. Nice blog. It was a nice garden tour. enjoyed it very much. Keep it up the good work.

  3. Anonymous2:10 AM

    It’s so nice to see another post on Ruth Stout (I had one few weeks ago). I just read her book and I can’t wait for spring to try this method. It sounds promising.
    Happy Holidays!

  4. I need to check her out for sure and maybe even find her book. Hay is indispensible here too. Have a great New Year.

  5. Hey great stuff, thank you for sharing this useful information and i will let know my friends as well.


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