[Market-farming] Ruth Stout

herbthyme at simcon.net herbthyme at simcon.net
Tue Nov 30 15:17:11 EST 2004

I would just like to thank whom ever it was that mentioned Ruth Stout on this website a few years ago.  I have finally found a couple of her books and was not able to put them down!  All this talk about hard soil made me think of it.  I have implemented her way of thinking into my large scale gardening and I am so happy with the results.  Granted, I still have a few years to go until it is where I want it to be, but it will be well worth the wait! I also do this for my 6000 sq. ft. garden.  I have really noticed a difference out there as it was not in the best shape a few years ago.  Talk about hard soil! She says it only takes 4 years to get good, loose compost soil made and then it is nothing from then on! And each year after you first start, it improves each season. I just build layers on top of layers where ever I have space to grow things. And of course I throw all my house compost right on to the garden and let it work it's magic. You don't see it after a few days anyway, and this time a year, typically, the snow will cover it up! I just got done making 5 new herb and flower beds around the milk house and house, and each one has 6 layers on them so far.  No soil, just wet newpapers on the bottom, then layers of what ever you can get your hands on.  Like wood shavings, peat moss (lots of that is good), leaves, compost & a little bit of wood ash.  I add a layer of peat on top of each new layer I put down.  I can't wait to see how they look come spring time.  They seem like they are a mile high now, but I know they will settle down when they start doing their thing!  Thanks again to whom ever it was!  I wish she was still around, she seems like she was one cool chic!!  

Herb Thyme
Middlefield, Oh

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