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Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides.
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Bronson Alcott — , quoted from louisamayalcott. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart. Garofalo Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there. Mud-pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirty, we are pure. Fondness for the ground comes back to a man after he has run the round of pleasure and business, eaten dirt, and sown wild-oats To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch their renewal of life,—this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do Let us celebrate the soil.
Most men toil that they may own a piece of it; they measure their success in life by their ability to buy it Broad acres are a patent of nobility; and no man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property. The word has been in use since at least the s. Susie I. Tucker, in Protean Shape: A Study in Eighteenth-Century Vocabulary and Usage, writes "It is disconcerting that 'plastic' has ceased to be mainly the property of poets and philosophers, and come into the hands of manufacturers and advertisers, and indeed of all of us for our domestic concerns.
To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels. Bates, A Love of Flowers My garden is my favorite teacher. The year's before us; Spring's promise fills the air. Johns, The Passing Show The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world It is a pleasure to eat of the fruit of one's toil, if it be nothing more than a head of lettuce or an ear of corn.
One cultivates a lawn even with great satisfaction; for there is nothing more beautiful than grass and turf in our latitude To dig in the mellow soil One gets strength out of the ground There is life in the ground; it goes into the seeds; and it also, when it is stirred up, goes into the man who stirs it. The hot sun on his back as he bends to shovel and hoe, or contemplatively rakes the warm and fragrant loam, is better than much medicine.
You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not. My interests are divided between my geraniums and my books. With the flower I am in the present; with the book I am in the past. Like his plants and trees, I grew up as a part of his garden. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.
Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.
If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. Shift your thinking and you'd be surprised at the places your food can be grown! Window sill, fire escape and rooftop gardens have the same potential to provide impressive harvests as backyard gardens, greenhouses and community spaces. They are solvable mysteries. The rhythm of my day begins with a cup of coffee and a little bit of weeding or dreaming. It's yellow as lemon and white as the snow; bluish gray. So many colors below. Hidden in darkness as thick as the night; The only rainbow that can form without light. Dig you a pit, or bore you a hole, you'll find enough colors to well rest your soil.
Hole — , "A Rainbow of Soil Words" Anybody who wants to rule the world should try to rule a garden first. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.
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Weatherall, And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose, And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows You are warned of the danger that he may prove to be Garden Pest no 1. To write as one should of a garden one must not write outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden. And I find sufficient purpose for my day.
If they get what they need, they thrive — that's what I know. A garden I need never go beyond, Broken but neat, whose sunflowers every one Are fit to be the sign of the Rising Sun During the harvest each spring, it is with joyous anticipation that I visit the garden daily, simply for the satisfaction of finding those tender new shoots reaching up towards the sun.
You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it. Perelman, Acres and Pains , Work, through the summer golden, And through the autumn's glow, Till the months lay down their burden In the full garden's guerdon, And earth, once more enfolden, Sleeps warm beneath the snow.
And all the time it is in the soil, right beneath our feet. I may sound like a kook who plants my landscape with cucumbers instead of carnations, peppers instead of petunias, and fruit trees rather than ficus, but I am convinced that wherever you go, you can grow food! Now is the time for us to join together and plant the seeds that will transform the places in which we live.
Now there is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp. You turn a spade full and then carefully knock all the lumps to pieces and you go on for hours without thinking about anything. They're just not ready. How can I live my life stepping on this stuff and not wonder at it? Science says that an acre of soil produces one horsepower every day.
But you could pour gasoline all over the ground forever and never see it sprout maple trees. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error. It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn't a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong? Maybe nothing. Perelman The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God's heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.
Whiting Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: "Love. They must do it for love. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live.
If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide.
Then I'll only be two bags short. We return to the earth. And in between we garden. Man loved the flowers and invented vases. Man loved the birds and invented cages. The moment that a child can walk, like that in which it first can talk, is a precious start of exploration into landscapes of creation. Walking, walking, walking, walking, walking on the earth.
By sense of touch the feet assess the nature of the wilderness of earth beneath; yet human speech cannot express what feet can teach. Hole — , "Walking on the Earth" I saw all the people hustling early in the morning to go into the factories and the stores and the office buildings, to do their job, to get their checks. But ultimately, it's not office buildings or jobs that give us our checks. It's the soil. The soil is what gives us the real income that supports us all. I doe hold it, in the Royall ordering of Gardens , there ought to be Gardens , for all the Moneths in the Yeare: In which, severally Things of Beautie, may in then in Season.
Imagine small strips of land between apartment buildings that have been turned into vegetable gardens, and urban orchards planted at schools and churches to grow food for our communities. The seeds of the urban farming movement already are growing within our reality.
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Take the free Urban Farm tour, info on Greg's website. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues. The outlines of all things and designs are drawn in Nature, and it is the sweet privilege of Man to divine and fill out these sketches, completing in Art what is begun in Nature. I think I garden more to the eye than to the appetites. Bronson Alcott, journal Often But for some revolutionary gardeners, a feast for the eyes is not enough.
They want something edible in return for the hard work, the water and the expense of tending a landscape. These food revolutionaries are maximizing their cultivation area by converting their landscapes, patios, and nearby vacant lots into productive edible gardens. In the quest for more space to grow food, even conventional front lawns are being transformed into maverick, and highly visible, vegetable plots It is enough To smell, to crumble the dark earth