Large or small, our gardens are so much more than an arrangement of beds dotted with plants (and probably some weeds), and piles of compost and mulch waiting to be spread.  They are an outlet for creativity, an oasis of peace, a source of frustration, the first step of  a larger vision, or the culmination of years of love and care, and more.  But ask any gardener and you will hear that whatever else they may be, they are essential.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt...Margaret Atwood



Fill a new or used pillow case with well done compost.Tie off the pillow case, or close with clothes pins.Dip the pillow case in a 5 gallon bucket of water and let steep just like you would a tea bag.After a few days steeping in a cool and shaded part of the yard, pour off the “tea” and use to fertilize around the roots of established plants. (From Roger Yepsen’s “Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard & Eggs for a Growing a Better Garden”)


 Many things grow in the garden that were never sown thereThomas Fuller


Grow some herbs, especially the culinary herbs in among the vegetables.  That way they are handy to snip at the same time you collect fresh produce for meals.  If you plant a perennial herb in the vegetable garden, be sure to place it where it will not have to be moved from year to year.



A weed is no more than a flower in disguise…James Russell Lowell



2 Cups catnip, bruised and packed into a clean jar.  Cover with 2 cups almond oil and set in a cool, dark place for two weeks.  Shake jar every day and make sure the catnip is pushed down into the oil.  Strain into a clean jar and refrigerate for up to 8 months.  To use, rub into exposed skin. (From Susan Wittig Albert’s “China Bayles’ Book of Days”)



A Garden is the best alternative therapy…Germain Greer


The leaves of blue violets have five times more vitamin C per 100 grams than the equivalent weight of oranges, and 2.5 times more vitamin A than spinach. (From Jack Sander’s “The Secrets of Wildflowers”)



You know you are a hard-core gardener if you deadhead flowers in other people’s gardenSue Careless

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