Chris Watson wrote:I'm just starting this whole permaculture adventure, and this is the first time I've ever heard of Ruth Stout. From a preliminary read of her method, it seems to be very similar to that of Masanobu Fukuoka. So, forgive an ignorant question, but how do they differ?
barb fath wrote:If anyone knows of "tough" food plants which will grow in what is now zone 5/6, please let me know.
Ken Peavey wrote:Last year I threw down 50 pounds of seed potato, red pontiac.
Some were simply placed on the ground with a few handfuls of compost, then covered with leaves and/or grass clippings.
Some were set in a trench with the compost and leaves, with the hope that rain would help cover them with sand.
Lack of rain and a fair amount of neglect left me at the end of the season digging up marbles. There was no crop. Dissapointed, I let the rest of the plants go.
I did not dig up all the plants. This year I have around 30 volunteers show up. There has been pretty good rain this year. I've mulched some of these plants. I dug one up, found 2 golf ball sized potatoes, so it's encouraging.
I also have some sweet potato volunteers. One in particular has been mulched heavily and currently stretches several feet.
There is promise.
Karen Layne wrote:...These "no work" methods sure are alot of work.
Mike Barkley wrote:Another thing that technique does is increase the earthworm population. That garden had been plowed, disked, tilled, & cultipacked since it was first built about 50 years ago. I have yet to find a single worm in there, except for the areas I started mulching & burying food scraps in last spring. A work in progress.