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Summer Harvesting, Fall Planting in the Home Garden

Summer Harvesting, Fall Planting in the Home Garden

One downside of gardening in the Palouse Region is that there is not the longest gardening season, and the chill and snow of Fall can come on rapidly. This year, after a long, cool, wet Winter and Spring the summer weather arrived out of nowhere, bringing 90 degree temperatures when it had just been 60. This meant Spring planting was brutal, and I did not get any real germination from lettuce, spinach, or carrots. (Though my lettuce I bought as…

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Ruth Stout Soil

Ruth Stout Soil

I’ve been growing skeptical of the Ruth Stout soil mulch method, which I used for two of the beds this season. I don’t know if it is targeted for this climate, but also think it may have been applied at the worst time for keeping seeds viable and giving them exposure when things are planted. Also, her claim that this doesn’t leave a towering mass of organic matter threatening your plants did not prove true. And it does seem to…

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Ruth Stout Potatoes

Ruth Stout Potatoes

I did some experiments with the Ruth Stout mulch method this year. Had trouble in the brassica bed but it was a terrible brassica year for everyone. My potatoes sure are happy though, but potatoes usually are. These were just set on the ground and covered in mulch