I ran across Ruth Stout last year when a friend of mine (Thanks, Sherry) apologizing gave me a video about Ruth Stout. I say apologizing because Ruth Stout was a bit quirky and odd in some of her thinking and practices. Despite that fact, there is a wealth of gardening knowledge that one can gain from her. Ruth Stout was an amazing organic gardener that taught organic mulch method gardening. She claimed it was the No Dig/No Work organic gardening method that produced a good garden, good soil and no weeds.
After using her mulch gardening method last year, I have to say that I am sold on hay mulch gardening. We didn’t spend hours and hours of back breaking work weeding the garden last year. We also hardly watered our garden all summer long. The mulch kept the ground moist and the weeds a bay. The weeds that did spring up were easily covered up with more mulch or pulled up easily because they were unable to develop deep roots.
If you are serious about stocking your pantry, gardening can be the most effective, most inexpensive way to build a pantry. Women use to take seriously the job of pantry building and didn’t have the 24 hour Stuff-Mart available to purchase all their food. How did they do it? They were skilled homemakers who knew the arts and skills of building a home pantry though gardening and preserving the food they grew.
The hay mulch gardening method has been a very successful gardening method that has helped me turn my garden into something useful and productive for my home pantry.
Here are a few interesting articles on her:
You can watch the Ruth Stout gardening video called Ruth Stout’s Garden on You Tube here! It is a 3 part series.