Monday, January 11, 2010

Inspiration: Ruth Stout

I discovered the blog On a Little Land when one of its proprietors commented on a recent post. I'm always excited to read other blogs documenting other attempts at living a more sane, self-sustaining life. I'm so lucky to have found this blog when I did, because today waiting for me was a post about a woman named Ruth Stout, a proponent of no-till, low-maintenance gardening through mulching. I had never heard of her before, but watching the following documentary I was inspired and tickled by this old woman's wisdom and, particularly, her spark.

I have decided that everyone would be better off for listening to Ruth Stout, so I'm reposting this short "documentary" for your viewing pleasure. Thanks, folks at On a Little Land, for introducing me to this remarkable human!


Tom said...

And thank you for posting the videos of Ruth Stout. I never knew they existed.

I bought and read "The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book" back in the 1970's and it blew my mind.

The "lazy" way to garden perfectly matches my normal attitude (the "intelligent lazy" way is the most efficient way [for everything]).

Julie said...

she's great!

megan/mason said...

Isn't she amazing? I will be completely satisfied with my life if I end up anything like her at 90.

I borrowed one of her books through inter-library loan--I think it was Company Coming--that is full of stories about her family and their household when she was young. If you can find it, it's definitely worth reading. The copy I borrowed was signed and I've never more seriously contemplated theft in my life.

Todd Hoff said...

Wonderful. Thanks. I'll try looking out the right window too.