In nature, plants germinate under the protective blanket of leaves that fall on the bare earth. With this in mind, Ruth Stout (aka. the No-Dig Duchess) rediscovered the ‘No-Work’ gardening technique. Her method was simple; covering everything with a layer of old-hay or straw mulch and leave the rest to mother nature. This is the same technique adopted by the team at the Back to Reality YouTube Channel.
In their informative and rather captivating video, they sought to explore companion planting with asparagus and strawberries. Drawing on the inspiration of a bunch of wild asparagus and strawberries that they found in the woods, they decided to give it a go.
But as they narrate, growing asparagus in your garden is not the easiest task. For one, it takes a whopping 2-3 years from the first planting to the first harvest. There’s also the issue of the conventional labor-intensive gardening technique that demands a 90 cm-deep trench with layers of compost, manure, lime, organic fertilizer, and soil. However, the duo decided to go the Ruth Stout way – i.e., the no-till method.
They emulated the processes found in nature, where the soil is not amended with fertilizers, compost, or manure. But since the team at ‘Back to Reality’ had not laid a thick layer of mulch early enough to create naturally bare earth for their companion planting, they decided to get innovative.
Rather than use a tiller, they flipped the sod and shifted it sideways – i.e., the vegetation on top was sandwiched between layers of topsoil (see video for an illustration). Flipping the sod helped keep the soil’s ecosystem intact. The asparagus and strawberries were spaced and alternated based on how they spread.
So, what are your thoughts on the no-till gardening technique made famous by Ruth Stout? It’s less work and nature can be wrong, right?
Companion Planting Asparagus And Strawberries – No-Till (Ruth Stout Method). Photos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc92S7UQD5k
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