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Quote of the Day: Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd

February 10th, 2013

Within the large context of gardening, the raising of vegetables if peculiar, for the nourishment it offers is both physical and spiritual, a rare meeting of body and soul. In its pursuit, one becomes more directly a second Nature, seeding and tending and harvesting, usually in one season. There is a directness, too, a straightforwardness of process, a neatness expressed even in the rows, that makes vegetables gardening, among all other sorts on might think to practice, peculiarly satisfying. And, though all gardening creates litanies – the blooming of the first snowdrops, crocus and daffodils, roses and Joe Pye weed, the turning of autumn leaves and the appearance of the first colchicum – the maturation times of vegetables become unusually precious beads on a long string.

Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd in Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill

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There’s something wonderful about watching a vegetable go from seed to table. I especially appreciate the cycle of the humble garden pea. Perhaps it the size of the seeds, the quick growing nature of the vines or the amazing taste of freshly harvested peas. It doesn’t carry the poshness of arugula or the flamboyance of a large round tomato, but garden peas are a true delight.  If you want to learn more about growing peas, head on over to read my Growing Great Peas guide on the Your Day Blog.

What’s your favorite vegetable to watch mature?

2 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd”
  1. Joan on February 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Probably my tall sugar snap peas – I just love to munch on them in the garden. I grow a long row so that I have plenty to cook and freeze as well, but I really love them fresh off the vine the best!

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  2. KimH on February 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Oh boy.. that a tough question.. I dont know if I have just one.. The first thing that popped into my mind though was bell peppers.. Im not fond of green peppers.. They’re unripe fruit but I love them once they’ve turned red and the sugars have developed… yum..

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