Got gardening on your mind (or, better yet, under your nails)?
I think it’s safe to say we’re all dreaming in green by now, so I gathered a peck of ponderings on the subject, written by writers you may recognize. It seems the plant may be mightier than the pen! But we knew that already, didn’t we?
Read on, and then tell me, “How does your garden grow?” …
“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
“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
“A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space—a place not just set apart but reverberant—and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”
– Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
“Gardening is akin to writing stories. No experience could have taught me more about grief or flowers, about achieving survival by going, your fingers in the ground, the limit of physical exhaustion.”
– Eudora Welty
“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
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
– Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg
So it’s your turn to share whimsies and wonders from your precious plot. I’m all ears.
What are you growing? What crop is faring best this year? Which goodies have made it to the table so far?