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Quote of the Day: Cottage Gardens

August 11th, 2013

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)

green tomatoes

read onions
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.

Do you notice more people growing edible gardens than in previous years?

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Cottage Gardens”
  1. Deb on June 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I grow my own food to avoid “food like” items they have in the store. I put plants wherever there’s space for them, No need for fancy gardens or shapes. I have not enough money to buy organic all year round so it’s a necessity for life, not just to have a place to play in the dirt. Here it’s manure and compost for my garden. No chemicals and I freeze, can, and dehydrate.

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  2. Jaye on August 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I do notice an increase, but I’m surprised to find that those growing are not necessarily interested in organic gardening.

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  3. Misti on August 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Definitely on FB in the last year I have seen friends starting to garden. I read somewhere that a lot of people start to garden in their 30s once they start settling down and I do think that seems to be true. Now, they may not be like us, but some are doing little plots or containers at least.

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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 moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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