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Paula and I were tied up for much of June and July, meaning that we were often away from home and entirely away from our garden. So in this video, we’d like to quickly show you how our deep mulch garden managed its self during half a summer of complete and utter neglect. No watering or weeding, no pruning or thinning, and no staking or stringing. Just a garden left entirely up to nature, for two whole months.

Companion Planting Asparagus and Strawberries (No-till, Ruth Stout)

Spring Prep in our “No-Work” Garden, and an EASIER way to Spread Mulch

Preparing our Hugelkultur Garden for Winter: Chop and Drop

The Ruth Stout Method of Permaculture

337 lbs of Potatoes! NO digging, NO watering, and VERY LITTLE work!

Planting Potatoes in a Ruth Stout Permaculture Garden (QUICK and EASY)

Results from our NO DIG and NO WATER potato experiment (Ruth Stout Method)

Companion Planting Carrots, Radishes and Onions in a Ruth Stout (HAY-ONLY) Garden

Results and Lessons Learned from our Carrot, Onion, and Radish Experiment

Plant Hardiness Zone, Rainfall, and Other Important Information

Winter Ruth Stout Permaculture Update and HAY vs STRAW

Our Deep-Mulch Vegetable Garden After TWO MONTHS of Complete Neglect

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  • Doina Campean - gmail

    You should also plant some perennial herbs – sage, oregano, thyme, mint, lemon balm, and who knows, maybe parsley and dill may winter well under a layer of hay! And lesson learned: when harvesting potatoes, just leave some in the ground for next year. And by ground, I mean "ground" 🙂

  • james mcdowell

    Don't give up on those garlic scapes ….you can still harvest the bulby bit at the top and grind it up in the food processor . Makes a great addition to soups or scrambled eggs . We used to grind up the top 5" or so and spread them on a sheet to dry in the hot sun . After they are completely dry we grind them again in a coffee grinder . They keep for months in a ziplock bag on quart jar . We put some in a salt shaker for on the table . We used to sell our scape powder at the farmers market for $3/ cup .

  • Justin TR

    Those are some fine-looking turnips, how do you plan on cooking 'em?

    Loving the homesteading videos, they really make me wonder if I could pack up my wife and daughter and get out of the city for the good 🙂

  • Evening Star Quilters

    Just found your channel … I am wondering what ZONE are you in? What state ? I like to know so when I follow along I can plan what I should be doing … I am from mid MI … Zone 5 mostly

  • Mr A

    Trust me. Potatoes will just keep on growing even you think they wont. Those flowers will soon turn into seed pods and those will survive the winter and when summer comes around you'll have yourself a new bed of potatoes.

  • Natasha S.

    I love your videos! Tragedy struck our family all through the planting time, so I barely planted anything. Luckily though, I had missed some tiny potatoes from last year and was surprised by a bunch of volunteers too. There was something very thrilling about harvesting something I had put ZERO effort into!

  • Bonnie Porthouse

    Those bulbils from the garlic tops can be peeled and put in vinegar to flavor it and then after 24 hours or so the bulbils can be drained off the vinegar and placed in olive oil in the fridge. The vinegar soak discourages fungal problems as well as creating delicious gourmet vinegar and oil. I learned this technique from one of my favorite u tube gardeners,(Rick Larson). I hope you check him out!

  • Ross Temple

    I had no plant matter in the ground so I tilled in compost and mulch. Big mistake! Weeds in abundance. The grass even survived. Had the same problem with my one female wild rabbit. I even put up a shock fence but grass grew up and pushed the fencing up. I’m going to put in raised beds made from heat treated pallets. Put the garden closer to my house where my dogs can guard it. Lasagna Beds with Hügelkultur bottoms. Did this in a front yard landscaping experiment and was quite pleased with the abundance of food produced. Had to give away a lot of produce. But that’s never a bad thing.