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Quote of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder

March 24th, 2013

All around the little house, in the Big Woods, there were little sounds of falling snow, and from the eaves there was the drip, drip of the melting icicles.

In just a little while the trees would be putting out their baby leaves, all the rosy and yellow pale green, and there would be wild flowers and birds in the woods.

Then there would be no more stories by the fire at night, but all day long Laura and Mary would run and play among the trees, for it would be spring.

Laura Ingalls Wilder from (Little House in the Big Woods).

It won’t be long my friends, until it’s time to spend every waking moment working in the garden. Until then, I’m trying to enjoy some relaxing. Every day I grow a little more excited, my gloves are itching to get dirty.

Have spring chores already taken over your days or is your garden still asleep?

12 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder”
  1. Deb on March 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Last year I planted garden outside on Feb. 3, no hoop house. I planted in the greenhouse on Mar. 8. I had all my herb and flower beds cleaned almost by the end of march. I started them in late Feb. This year as long as you have a pickaxe you could garden. I have parsnips being popped out of the ground due to weather, some a good 2″. I pulled what I could by hnad and was lucky to get quite a few. I’m drying them for soup. So pretty much a no go on my garden for a while yet I’d guess. I started some tubs of leaf lettuce some time ago to just grow in the greenhouse to try for early stuff but having to heat the greenhouse overnight is a bummer. Wish I was at least able to start outdoor cleaning of beds but can’t pull any stuff up due to being frozen so just have to get more impatient as it means it’ll be later when I have other stuff to do. I know there’s nothing to do about it, but my MIL is coming to visit and she’s very critical and I need to be cleaning too probably about the time I can get outdoors. Such is Ohio weather I guess. My gloves aren’t itchy as I NEVER wear gloves in the garden, love the dirt on my fingers. Figure if you’re afrid of dirt you shouldn’t garden. I hope you post a lot about your new garden this year. I want to try small scale hugelkuture this year but have never seen anyone who did it. It won’t be real high as I can’t see the dirt staying on a hill here.

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  2. Mich on March 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I haven’t done anything in the garden yet :( It’s been too wet underfoot all winter and now to add injury to insult we are under snow… Will my beds ever dry out? I am itching to get started.

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  3. deedee on March 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Luke and I just finished reading that book a few weeks ago… now reading “Farmer Boy”! He is amazed at how much work Laura and Almonzo did at their young ages and how they didn’t complain…. learning lots of lessons lol!
    It was high 40’s, sunny, and no wind yesterday, so I got my potatoes planted. I covered them up with straw for a little protection as we’re supposed to get 6-12 inches of snow today and lots of wind! Indiana weather!

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  4. Jill on March 24, 2013 at 10:00 am


    My garden is under 6 feet–FEET–of snow. Just made it through a wild spring storm. No gardening going on here! Just lots of blog reading!

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    • Deb on March 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Where do you live that you have 6 ft. of snow? great for moisture but will be a long time till you can plant.

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  5. Michelle on March 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I was just thinking about that book the other day…I want to read it again. Last year I read The Long Winter and I loved it…it brought back good memories.

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  6. kathi Cook on March 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Still under some snow cover,but both I and the birds know that spring is really here already. I will be planting my indoor starts soon. In the meantime, I am soaking up and enjoying all the extra daylight.

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    • Susy on March 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      I’ve been hearing the birds here too. The snow is starting to recede, perhaps I can plant this coming week in my low tunnel.

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  7. Amy S on March 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Just a little info on Laura…my aunt was a neighbor to her in Mansfield, MO before Laura died. My aunt now volunteers at Laura’s home when it’s open for tours. We grew up with Little House on the Prairie and loved all the shows and books. I did get some raking in around the landscaping this past thursday but now here in the midwest we have about 5 inches of snow today. I suppose I’m glad it’s not quite time yet to plant as my seedlings are not ready. I think the Robin’s and other birds are confused as to what to do.

    BTW Susy is this the same Mansfield that has a seed company?

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    • Susy on March 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Might be, we drove by there once but didn’t have time to stop. Funny since the Laura Ingalls place in Iowa is right down the road from Seed Savers Exchange.

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      • Amy S on March 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

        I figured it out it’s Baker’s seed company. I kinda wish I was driving now to Texas for a trip this summer just so I can stop and see their place. I will have to stop when we visit family next time. I didn’t know she lived in Iowa. I will have to ask my aunt. When she died she had been living there in Missouri I do know that.

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  8. Crinia on March 25, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Ask me again in six months
    From south of the equator. :)

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