The genuine cottager began to be joined, towards the end of the eighteenth century, by members of the gentry seeking “the good life” – a simpler life nearer the soil but with money and independence to back them up. Our idea of cottage gardening today owes much to this trend and when we emulate the cottage-garden style, it is not because of the necessity to grow food, but because we are keen to adopt a free-and-easy style and to grow our vegetables on soil laced with dung and garden compost rather than with man-made fertilizers. Also it is because we want to foster some of our own wild flowers.
-Christoper Lloyd & Richard Bird (The Cottage Garden)
It’s interesting that growing your own food has always been a way for people to connect with nature and a more simple life. I enjoy it for so many reasons, mostly for the beauty that it brings. It certainly make me happy to see more and more people digging in the soil and planting a few edibles.
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