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Quote of the Day: Thomas Edison

August 29th, 2010

“Until man duplicates a blade of grass,
nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge”

~ Thomas Edison

The longer I garden and learn about the balance of nature the less I realize I know. As my gardens live organically each additional year I’m amazed at how nature balances itself out without me having to step in. When I try to step in I upset the balance and who knows what the ramifications will be, especially down the road. I’m now even content to let horn worms eat my tomatoes, and the cabbage worms eat my brassicas, I know they make tasty treats for birds, or be a host for beneficial wasps.

How has your view of nature changed throughout your gardening career?

If you’d like a copy of this quote on this photo it’s on my Flickr.

4 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Thomas Edison”
  1. tj on August 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

    …Love the quote and the photo – beautiful! :o)

    …My views have changed pretty much the same as yours. While I am not quite there yet as far as “organically grown”, I am learning…thanks to you. :o) My biggest battle right now is cucumber beetles and squash bugs invading my pumpkins… As of last year I started spraying a Pyrethrin/Rotenone spray very late in the evenings and I was also dusting with Sevin powder which I just found out recently that it is not an organic method of control so I will stop using that. I am thinking next year already that I may try to plant a trap crop early in the season, lay down boards, etc…before planting my actual crop of pumpkins later and see if I can’t get more control of the squash bugs that way… They are a menace I tell ya!…*sigh* :o)

    …Have a great Sunday you two!


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  2. Kaytee on August 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    My views of the garden are the same as yours, but I’ve gotten there a different way. After studying Wildlife Science in one of the best schools in the country for it, I came away with an amazing sense of the environment, and nature’s balance. I now understand how much human’s are affecting nature and I want to minimize my footstep as much as possible. I get called a tree hugger for doing it, but I don’t care. As long as I still have the birds singing in my backyard, bee pollinating my tomatoes, and other wildlife to enjoy, I’m happy.

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  3. MAYBELLINE on August 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Sure there’s a natural balance but I’m part of that balance. In fact, I’m a HUGE factor in the equation.

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    • Susy on August 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      So true, I think so many people think it doesn’t matter, or that they’re over nature not realizing that every little thing they do has huge ramifications when it comes to the balance of the natural world.

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