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Dirty Hands…

May 19th, 2015

Even though I try to keep my hands nice & tidy during gardening season it’s difficult. I’ve been out weeding the back potager and the results are dirty hand and fingernails.
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I scrub them up every night, but they never get 100% clean. Last year I purchased these Gardener’s Nail Brush that I really like. It works fairly well at getting all the dirt out from under my fingernails. I use one of my fingernails and one on my feet.
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It’s OK with me if they’re not super clean, most people know that I garden. They’ll be clean again once the snow starts to fly.

Do you have any tips for keeping you hands/fingernails clean during the gardening season? 

Quote of the Day: John Muir

May 17th, 2015

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

John Muir

I can’t help but thing about John Muir and his writings when I’m in a national park, especially one that he spent a lot of time in.
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Yesterday, Mr Chiots and I went bike riding in Acadia National Park. In the morning, the roads were closed to car traffic, which made for a wonderful time. When the roads opened back up we drove the loop to get in all the wonderful scenery, stopping at places we hadn’t on previous trips.
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You really can’t help but be in awe of nature when you are in places like this. When we garden we try to create beauty in our little corner of the world, but it really is at its best when left alone. We’re lucky to have such a treasure so close to our home.

What’s your favorite national park?

Quote of the Day: Michael Nolan

May 10th, 2015

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart…pursue those.”

~ Michael Nolan

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This time of year I’m reminded of why I love gardening so much. It clears the mind, it fills the heart, it restores the spirit. This past winter I spent a lot of time reading novels instead of gardening books, while I enjoyed them, they don’t feed my heart like dreaming about gardens does.

What catches your heart?

Quote of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

May 3rd, 2015

“Meanwhile spring came on, beautiful and kindly, without the delays and trattorias of spring, – one of those rare springs in which plants, beasts, and man rejoice alike.”

Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karanina

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The last couple days have been perfect, simply perfect. I’ve been working outside trying to get as much done as I can. Soon enough the mosquitoes and the black flies will be out making it a little less enjoyable to work in the garden. Even though it was long in coming, this spring has been heavenly so far.

Quote of the Day: Marilynne Robinson

April 26th, 2015

“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life. All it needs from you is that you take care not to trample on it.”

Marilynne Robinson in Gilead

I often watch the weather and plant my seeds right before it’s supposed to rain. I like that they get watered in right away and I always hope it speeds germination. This is what I’m feeling this week, the peaceful patience of waiting for seeds to germinate and grow. The radishes I planted last week are just springing forth, very soon I will start to see spinach, arugula, cilantro, onions, beets, and a few other seedling emerging from the soil.

What seeds have you planted this week?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.