In the 1930s Ruth Stout developed a mulching method of vegetable gardening that required no digging, watering, and little feeding – in this episode, Rachel looks at what to do and how it compares to digging the soil and mounding potato beds.

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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

    8 replies to "GT5 – Ruth Stout Mulch Method vs Mounding Potatoes"

    • Ingrid Waymark

      I am thoroughly enjoying your food-producing gardening, ideas, Rachel. Can’t wait for the next segment.


    • arlynn

      I love your sense of humor and your tenacity for gardening in the drizzle and wind. Love the live, hands-on documentary rather than telling us what you did after the fact..

      • Rachel Mathews

        Thank you, Arlynn – can’t escape drizzle in the UK! Glad you are enjoying the more rough and ready docu style!

    • Carly Blankevoort

      Love the dog! He was digging merrily whilst you mulched and chatted! Please advise the results of said potato method when the season is over!

      • Rachel Mathews

        Will do, Carly. I will show whatever happens even if it’s a complete fail! Fingers crossed I will get a few though ;o)

    • Wendy

      Do you know if you could use dried grass clippings as an alternative to hay?

      • Rachel Mathews

        Hi Wendy,

        Yes, I would think you can as long as you’re not somewhere overly wet where they would rot. I think dried is preferable – try a small area and see how you go.

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