I have a new post up at davebonta.com: All-grain homebrewing for lazy cheapskates. The heart of it is a detailed list of stuff I’ve found I don’t really need for brewing the kind of ale I like, so it’s too specialized for a post here. But the lengthy intro might be of interest to more general readers. Here’s how it starts:
One of the best books I’ve ever read about gardening was Ruth Stout’s No-Work Garden Book, which advocated the use of a heavy hay or straw mulch and dismissed the idea that gardeners have to cultivate, make compost, or even pull weeds very often. Stout’s system worked for anyone who had enough space to do it in, which included me as a kid. But I found I still enjoyed the strenuous labor of the French-intensive biodynamic system, double-digging raised beds and the whole nine yards. The big problem with Stout’s method, of course, was that it neglected the need many gardeners feel to putter in their gardens.