I didn’t know anything about Ruth Stout before reading this post on Margaret Roach’s Web site (if you visit the site, check out the tomato grafting piece, I knew nothing about that process either). I was immediately attracted to Ruth’s gardening methods, mainly because my body has been telling me to start “gardening without working” for the past several seasons. Sure, there’s some work involved, and I do it, but my tolerance for aching bones has decreased exponentially as I’ve gotten older. Not only that, but it seems to take forever to recover from an aching back! So, I’ve a mind to put some of Ruth’s methodology to the test for the 2010 growing season.
Margaret’s question “2010 resolution: a ‘no-work’ garden?” might not have a definitive answer, but if planting potatoes above ground turns out to be viable, who cares?
There’s three parts to the “Ruth Stout’s Garden” video series, watch them all if you can, they’re worth your time.
A couple of endnotes:
Felder Rushing tells me he’s discovered a “slow gardening” method and I’m expecting to read something from him about that in the near future.
Elizabeth Tenerelli and I have something planned that involves words and beautiful pictures, I’m sure you’ll want to see it.