Monday, April 23, 2018

Henry Mitchell, in his book One Man's Garden, observes that "it is not important for a garden to be beautiful" in everyone's eyes. But "it is extremely important for the gardener to think it is a fair substitute for Eden." Perhaps this is an overstatement, or perhaps it is a theological truth.  Vigen Guroian, Inheriting

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Strip away the gadgets and the techniques, the books and the magazines and the soil test kits, and what you're left with, at the end of the day, is this: a stretch of freshly turned dirt, a handful of seeds scratched into the surface, and a marker to remember where they went. It is at

Monday, April 9, 2018

We gardeners are healthy, joyous, natural creatures. We are practical, patient, optimistic. We declare our optimism every year, every season, with every act of planting. Carol Deppe, The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times Today’s the day: a sunshiny and warm one and—best of all—a gardening one. I’m looking forward to spending

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. Ruth Stout The soil has been turned and the garlic uncovered. I stand alone in the garden as Gerry pushes the wheelbarrow back to its place by the shed, a little red-haired girl his giggling passenger. i survey

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season.” Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden Today, we garden. We’ll start with just a few tasks that won’t take too long: uncovering the garlic, spreading manure, and preparing the beds in preparation

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

However many years she lived, Mary always felt that she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow.  Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden We pay a visit to the community garden late in the afternoon. There are signs of activity. Spinach and garlic grow in a few plots in the