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Quote of the Day: Frank Hubbard

March 18th, 2009

In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it. ~Frank McKinney Hubbard

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I thought this quote was very fitting as I sit and plan out my gardens for this coming season. I have spent many of my waking hours the last couple days working in the garden; I planted beets, peas and lettuce.
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I know I will be really busy this summer with my ambitious gardening plans, but it keeps me out of trouble. And who really needs to sit down during the day anyways?

Are you anticipating a busy season this year? Do you plan on growing more food that last year?

18 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Frank Hubbard”
  1. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary on March 18, 2009 at 6:33 am

    As long as I have been on this good green earth, there has been a garden in my life. When I was younger, it was the family garden, for the past 22 yrs it’s been my own. This year we will expand it a bit more and add a few more whiskey barrels and raised beds. My seedlings went in this past weekend (I’m in New England). I can’t wait to plant!!!

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  3. Julia on March 18, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Oh, thanks for the reminder! I just planted all my lettuces and radishes this weekend, but totally forgot to plant beets! I’m so excited for your garden!

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  4. Dee/reddirtramblings on March 18, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I love your seedlings, and that quote is priceless and so true especially this time of year. I am growing much more food than last year, and today I need to thin the turnip seedlings.~~Dee

    Dee/reddirtramblings’s last blog post.. Dear Friends and Gardeners, Week Two

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  5. Colleen on March 18, 2009 at 8:43 am

    That is the perfect quote–so true! My garden will be keeping me busy this year as well. We’ve doubled the amount of space we have for vegetable gardening since last year, so I’m looking forward to being able to grow a lot more.

    Is that a template you’re using to sow seed with? So that’s how one ends up with perfectly spaced plants :-) I’ll have to try that.

    Colleen’s last blog post.. A bittersweet farewell to the Mouse & Trowel Awards

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    • Susy on March 18, 2009 at 9:52 am

      Yes it is a template. I’ll post about them and my personal seed planting techniques tomorrow.

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      • Teri on March 18, 2009 at 12:13 pm

        Yay, I was just going to ask you about that. Waiting for tomorrow…….

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  6. Granny Sue on March 18, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Our garden is certainly going to be bigger–make that gardens, since we have four for vegetables.

    The lettuce bed is already yp and should be ready for picking by the end of the month. We planted it in a hotbed in early February. Onions, beets and peas are in the ground, and potatoes go in today. My tomato, pepper, cabbage, leek and celery seedlings are up and will go out to the greenhouse this weekend.

    Your quote is well and truly said. It seems like we just finished last year’s garden when we started the next one. Which is very cool, really.

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  7. Dan on March 18, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I was wondering when i was going to get to see your coldframe, looks like a nice long frame. When did you start those lettuce, indoor starts? They look amazing, can’t wait until mine get that big.

    Dan’s last blog post.. Seedling Update

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    • Susy on March 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

      This was the lettuce that I started to determine the winner of the Freedom Seeds. I’m actually already harvesting the outer leaves. I actually should have planted it in the cold frame a week or two ago, but sometimes things don’t work out like you plan.

      It is a nice long cold frame. It’s the size of my raised beds 4×10, it’s movable so I can move it from frame to frame to protect tender plants. I can also move it onto the ground for using in hardening off seedlings if I don’t need it on a raised bed. One of these days I’ll take some overall photos of it for everyone to see.

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      • Dan on March 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm

        I recall you starting them now, they really look great. I think I will go sow some more lettuce now :-)

        Dan’s last blog post.. Seedling Update

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  8. Di on March 18, 2009 at 11:22 am

    very true that quote! yep trying to plant more, eek out more growing space, use more pots. After my first year last year I am hooked and am determined to turn my whole garden into edibles where possible. Their may be flowers for beneficials but for the most part it’s gonna be edibles. Slow process though, small steps at a time

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  9. warren on March 18, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    We are expanding this year too…we have been running about 4000 sq ft but I am planning to liberate a bit of my yard this year so we’ll expand there…it keeps us crazy busy but I love it and I love the exercise!

    warren’s last blog post.. Old school

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    • Susy on March 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm

      I’m envious of your 4,000 square feet. I don’t even know if my entire yard equals that. I’m looking forward to seeing photos on your blog this summer.

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  10. maureen on March 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Love the quote. And I would love to hear more about the cold frame. We are slowly working our way to growing everything from seed rather than buy seedlings so a cold frame is definitely in our future!

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  11. Mangochild on March 19, 2009 at 4:22 am

    As soon as I read that quote, it brought a nod and a huge smile to my face. How well the author put the sentiment – and so true I think. Like the others, I am eager to read more about the cold frame, it sounds like a great tool. How does it differ from tunnels or greenhouses?
    I *hope* that the gardening season is busy! Per my new plan, I’m growing more quantity and fewer varieties of veg – growing things I can’t get from my CSA farmer. I hope this way I can get a sizable harvest to really live from the garden for my needs on those particular veg this summer rather than bits and pieces of a lot of different things that I’d need to supplement from my local farmers anyway.

    Mangochild’s last blog post.. Local Zone Field Trip: Maple Festival

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  12. Frugal Trenches on March 19, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I plan to start planting this year, in fact I plan to start this weekend!

    Frugal Trenches’s last blog post.. The announcement and the shop!

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  13. inadvertent farmer on March 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Every year it seems to get bigger. I try to expand on my ‘menu’ each year adding something I’ve never tried before. This year it is muskmelon…which for some is easy, but in Western Washington it will be a challenge!

    You are right about keeping out of trouble…who has time for trouble when there is a garden to be tended! kim

    inadvertent farmer’s last blog post.. How I Know Spring is Here…part 4

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