We are really working the Ruth Stout - No Work Garden program this year. It feels like a lot of work right now but I am confident that it will pay off around mid summer. The principle component is mulch. Let me repeat that in all caps: MULCH!!! To help you understand I have some pictures of our recent work.
Here we are mulching our tomatoes about three weeks ago. (The plants were originally planted in our greens patch with the greens still standing.)
|We "chopped and dropped" the stems, then laid down cardboard on top of them|
|Then we covered the cardboard with straw making nests for the plants|
|The plant gets planted in a basin to help capture water.|
|White plastic is laid into the basin to help repel flea beetles.|
|Paper or cardboard covers spaces between the plastic squares to keep down weeds.|
|All is covered with a generous helping of straw or other mulch.|
|This eggplant is a holdover from last year. A surprising number of garden plants are actually perennials if you have a greenhouse to keep them in.|
|Turning fresh ground|
|Large basins created with two seeds planted in each of three spots in the basin.|
|You are looking at the dark patch between the two piles of straw!|
It has been a busy time, but I have to say that there are few places where I feel better than when I am in my garden!