Sunday, January 22, 2012

ruth stout's garden

Thanks for sending this my way, Meg!

41 Comments:

Blogger Kim Miklos said...

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January 22, 2012 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Kim Miklos said...

What an inspiration!! Thanks for posting it!

January 22, 2012 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I want to be her when I grow up

January 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

What an amazing woman, an inspiration to all.

January 22, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger mary in manchester said...

A saying I have in front of me every day....."It's not how old you are, it's how you are old".

January 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Thanks for posting this!

January 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Oh my gosh. Thank you so much Jenna. I want to be her when I grow up too. Uh wait, I am 60 now. Guess I better get started on the attitude. Lol. I am going to try that on my garden too. God bless.

January 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

My God! This woman is my new hero! Oh that I should live, and age as gracefully, in mind and body as she has.

January 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Cary said...

Margaret Roach introduced me to Ruth Stout and I LOVED watching this video of her. The poster removed it since then and I missed it terribly. I noticed it was posted again recently and smartly downloaded it so I could watch in future when I wanted to. Suggest if you enjoy it, download and store it as it might be withdrawn from view again. Fabulous lady! Excellent memoir of her mother by Ruth called something like "Remembering Mother." Available through library loan. About Ruth's Quaker mother and explains much of what makes Ruth, Ruth. Excellent read :)

January 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Jburd said...

wow! inspiring to semi-city slickers like me. thanks

January 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

What an inspiration! She reminds me, somewhat, of Tasha Tudor. I will never think the same about how I plant potatoes. Thank you for posting these videos!

January 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM  
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January 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
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January 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

This is how I'm gardening this year. It's a bit of preparation at first, but I think it will work out!

January 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Thanks so much for this post. I, like the other posters, want to be like her and Tasha Tudor whenever I grow up. I'm only 65 right now, so it will be awhile before I grow up, I suspect.

I'm going to stitch a couple of Ruth Stout's quotes on a bag so I'll be reminded of her and how she lived her life.

Thanks from Diane in North Carolina

January 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Thanks so much for this post. I, like the other posters, want to be like her and Tasha Tudor whenever I grow up. I'm only 65 right now, so it will be awhile before I grow up, I suspect.

I'm going to stitch a couple of Ruth Stout's quotes on a bag so I'll be reminded of her and how she lived her life.

Thanks from Diane in North Carolina

January 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

I loved every moment of watching this. Thank you so much for sharing. I want to be like this too when I grow up.

~Barbara

January 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Marci said...

I have her book. I found it in a thrift store for 25 cents. This is great to get to see her and hear her.

January 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Love this lady, she was my inspiration when I first started to garden many years ago!

January 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Love this lady, she was my inspiration when I first started to garden many years ago!

January 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Love this lady, she was my inspiration when I first started to garden many years ago!

January 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

Perfect timing for me to see the first one Jenna thankyou x x x thankyou x x x x

How refreshing and inspirational. Incidently she sounds like one of my customers and curiously my customer(who is English but lived in the States for a very long time) has one of the most perfect cottage gardens I have ever seen,she has a gentle air about her, she moves with grace and lightness and health even now she is in her eighties.
GTM xx x

January 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM  
OpenID ruralaspirations said...

What an amazing lady, so inspirational. I love how she questioned the way things were done.

I've been told that in my region (pacific northwest-ish) her method doesn't work. Our winters are too mild and the mulch ends up being a breeding ground for insects, slugs, etc. So I never really looked into what she did in detail.

It was great to watch her, even if I can't use her methods here!

January 22, 2012 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

So this video reminded me of a show I was obsessed with for a little while: The Good Life (UK) or Good Neighbors (US). It's a cute little British comedy from the 70's with amazing characters. It used to be available on Netflix Instant, but looks like it's now up on YouTube.

After you watch the first episode, I promise you will be hooked. I really don't know why more in the homestead crowd don't know about this show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyZ--z8RpOI

January 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger DanT said...

Ruth Stout and Masanobu Fukuoka are my agri-heroes. Ruth's last book has been reprinted as "Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy & the Indolent".
Fukuoka's "The one-straw revolution" is still in print.
Both authors inspire.

January 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Wisdom....
I love it.

January 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

This lady is just fantastic, so wise and incredibly funny.

Thank you Meg and Jenna.

January 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

Wow, I love this lady—I wanted to hear more from her when the video ended. Going to order one of her books—thanks for sharing.

January 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Love the grandfather's quote, "You were just looking out the wrong window".

January 23, 2012 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Bonnie C. said...

What an amazing coincidence! Just yesterday I came across my grandfather's copy of her No-work Gardening book from 1971. I spent all evening reading it. It would not at all surprise me if that method is a good part of how my grandmother was able to garden into her 80's despite arthritis and hip replacements. I wish they were both still around so I could ask them. I would imagine for wetter climates the mulching method could be adapted by using raised beds for better drainage and here in Portland I might even be able to get away with raising some greens in winter if I paid attention to the frost.

January 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Bonnie C. said...

What an amazing coincidence! Just yesterday I came across my grandfather's copy of her No-work Gardening book from 1971. I spent all evening reading it. It would not at all surprise me if that method is a good part of how my grandmother was able to garden into her 80's despite arthritis and hip replacements. I wish they were both still around so I could ask them. I would imagine for wetter climates the mulching method could be adapted by using raised beds for better drainage and here in Portland I might even be able to get away with raising some greens in winter if I paid attention to the frost.

January 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

just loved this .... what a remarkable woman. Thanks for sharing !

January 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Amazing treasure! What she describes is almost how I did my tomatoes last year, and they were a huge success. They even won my husband over to the deep mulching garden method. I can't wait to try her methods throughout the garden!

January 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger 072845 said...

I loved this video. What an amazing woman. Thanks Jenna!

January 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger 072845 said...

I loved this video. What an amazing woman. Thanks Jenna!

January 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Snarled Yarns said...

I wanna give this method a shot! I am so busy with running a knit shop and teaching in the evenings, I worried my garden would suffer this year for lack of time.
Thanks Jenna!

January 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Loved this-thanks for posting! I have her book somewhere and must drag it out to look at it again. Karen from CT

January 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

OMGoodness!!! I was just reading about her, and she was born 25 miles from my house! How cool is that?!

January 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ruth Stout was my intro to no-till gardening. I have a couple of her books, my favorite being the one that I bought at my local used bookstore about ten yrs ago. Tucked inside was a handwritten note from Ruth to the book's recipient.

January 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Why's woman said...

DEAR DEAR JENNA!
I read Ruth Stout's writing way before the Internet ... and it never dawned on me that there might be film footage of her.

Thank you so much for finding and posting this. I treasure the two Stout books that I have. And I'll treasure these glimpses into her life.

Big Hug!!

January 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Jamie Kalvestran said...

Thank you so much for sharing these videos. Such an inspiration, I want to grow old in the way Ruth has.

January 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM  

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