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The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book

The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book
  • Author : Ruth Stout,Richard Clemence
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-06-09
  • Total pages : 220
  • ISBN : 1927458366
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Summary : Can you really have a productive garden without plowing, hoeing, weeding, cultivating, and all the other bothersome rituals that most gardeners suffer through every growing season? "Sure," says Ruth Stout, a prolific author and writer at 80 years young. The reason that Ruth can throw away her spade and hoe and do her gardening from a couch is a year-round mulch covering, 6 to 8 inches thick, that covers her garden like a blanket. Thousands of curious gardeners have visited her Redding, Connecticut garden, including university scientists and horticulture experts. The experts have been dazzled by the technique used by the queen of mulch! But the results of 41 years of gardening experience can't be denied. The Ruth Stout No-Work Gardening Book gives Ruth's unique advice on growing techniques and tells how she has escaped the bugaboos that haunt most gardeners. Her poison-free method of combating slugs and other insects, her scheme for growing tasty vegetables all year, her method of foiling both drought and frost -- these and many other growing secrets are revealed -- secrets that have brought this perky organic gardener season after season of growing pleasure. If you're tired of being a slave to your garden, yet still want to enjoy it without the bother of sprays, weeding, hoeing or other toilsome garden chores, The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Books has the information you need. It's completely tested gardening method, perfected during more than 40 years experience and reported in the pages of Organic Gardening magazine, eliminates gardening strain and toil, and does it organically with no dangerous chemical fertilizers or toxic sprays. Take it easy. Put nature to work in your garden.

Gardening Without Work

Gardening Without Work
  • Author : Ruth Stout
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-11
  • Total pages : 502
  • ISBN : 1938099087
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Summary : Garden expert and lovable eccentric Ruth Stout once said: "At the age of 87 I grow vegetables for two people the year-round, doing all the work myself and freezing the surplus. I tend several flower beds, write a column every week, answer an awful lot of mail, do the housework and cooking-and never do any of these things after 11 o'clock in the morning!" Her first book about her no-work gardening system, How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back, was the kind of book people can't bear to return. She reports, "A dentist in Pennsylvania and a doctor in Oregon have both written me that they keep a copy of my garden book in their waiting rooms. Or try to; the dentist has had twenty-three copies stolen, the doctor, sixteen." Gardening Without Work is her second gardening book and is even more entertaining and instructional than the first, so hide it from your friends! How does it work? "And now let's get down to business. The labor-saving part of my system is that I never plow, spade, sow a cover crop, harrow, hoe, cultivate, weed, water or irrigate, or spray. I use just one fertilizer (cottonseed or soybean meal), and I don't go through the tortuous business of building a compost pile. Just yesterday, under the "Questions and Answers" in a big reputable farm paper, someone asked how to make a compost pile and the editor explained the arduous performance. After I read this I lay there on the couch and suffered because the victim's address wasn't given; there was no way I could reach him." "My way is simply to keep a thick mulch of any vegetable matter that rots on both my vegetable and flower garden all year round. As it decays and enriches the soil, I add more." Regardless of topic, Ruth Stout's writing is always about living a joyous and independent life, and Gardening Without Work is no exception! This book is a treasure for the gardener and a delight even to the non-gardener. First published in 1961, this Norton Creek Press version is an exact reproduction of the original edition. Ruth Stout, who, in her teens helped temperance activist Carrie Nation smash saloon windows, could turn any aspect of life into an adventure. She may have been the only woman who both gardened in the nude, wrote a book on happiness (If You Would Be Happy) and one bout the quirky people who came to visit (Company Coming: Six Decades of Hospitality). (Both are available from Norton Creek Press.) Ruth died in 1980 at the age of 96.

How to Have A Green Thumb Without an Aching Back

How to Have A Green Thumb Without an Aching Back
  • Author : Ruth Stout
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-02-11
  • Total pages : 166
  • ISBN : 1946963518
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Summary : 2021 Facsimile of the 1955 Edition. "Out of the great mass of gardening books here is one that really delights while it instructs.... Most important of all, it is a labour-saving book, explaining how much of the back-ache of gardening, particularly hand-weeding, can be eliminated by an intelligent policy of mulching, and the use of natural rather than artificial methods of cultivation." The Book Exchange [England] The author has, over the course of a quarter century of gardening, worked out a method of using mulches. This has cut down her expenditure of hard work and has given her excellent fruit, vegetables and flowers...a new method of mulch gardening.

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna Gardening
  • Author : Patricia Lanza
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Total pages : 244
  • ISBN : 0875967957
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Summary : Explains how to use a system of layered mulch materials, including newspaper, leaves, and grass clippings, to provide a nutrient-rich base for healthy gardens and robust flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits

Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening
  • Author : Derek Fell
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011-04-26
  • Total pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781605290836
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Summary : Shares methods of growing vegetables, flowers, and fruits vertically with tips on choosing a site, composting, and controlling weeds, pests, and disease.

Weedless Gardening

Weedless Gardening
  • Author : Lee Reich
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2000-01-08
  • Total pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9780761172024
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Summary : Conventional wisdom says to garden from the bottom up, turning over the soil every spring until your back aches. Ironically, this does such a good job aerating that gardeners spend the rest of the season pulling weeds and replacing the suddenly energized (and easily used up) nutrients. Mother nature, on the other hand, gardens from the top down-layering undisturbed soil with leaves and other organic materials. In following this example and synthesizing the work of other perceptive gardeners, Lee Reich presents a compelling new system called weedless gardening. The Weedless Garden is good for plants and it's good for people. It protects the soil, contributes to plant health, reduces water needs, cuts down on a gardener's labor, encourages earthworms and, of course, mitigates weed problems by keeping the seeds dormant. Four basic tenets form the system's backbone-minimize soil disruption; protect soil surface; avoid soil compaction; use drip irrigation-and the way to get there is simple. For a new bed or established garden, layering is key, and the perfect material to use is also among the most common-newspaper. Add organic mulch and compost on top, and plants are growing in rich, self-generating humus. From vegetable gardening to flower gardens to planting trees, shrubs, and vines, The Weedless Garden works everywhere-allowing the gardener to work quite a bit less.

Gardening for a Lifetime

Gardening for a Lifetime
  • Author : Sydney Eddison
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013-10-31
  • Total pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781604692525
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Summary : From the winner of the National Garden Club's Award of Excellence Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved—pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots—become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what’s the alternative? In Gardening for a Lifetime, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help—another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. This new edition features an additional chapter describing how Sydney’s struggles with hip and back problems forced her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, “Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I’m happy to see that you’ve read it.” Gentle, personable, and practical, Gardening for a Lifetime will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the gratifying, joyful activity it was meant to be.

If You Would be Happy

If You Would be Happy
  • Author : Ruth Stout
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-09-02
  • Total pages : 190
  • ISBN : 1684225949
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Summary : 2021 Reprint of the 1962 Edition. Facsimile of the original edition and not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. If You Would be Happy by Ruth Stout is what a self-help book should be: tart, down-to-earth, realistic and sound advice from a woman who lived well and wasn't shy about sharing ideas that worked. Having helped thousands of gardeners to achieve success the easy way (in How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back), Ruth Stout now has something for anyone pursuing the age-old search for happiness. She reveals in down-to-earth fashion how you can be happy in your daily life here and now. Are you plagued by a constant swarm of resentments, anxieties, irritations? Are you often bored, lonely, depressed, beset by a chronic sense of dissatisfaction? Do you despair of anything ever being any better unless everyone around you changes-perhaps, unless the whole world is reformed? Then read this book!!!!