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Quote of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

October 20th, 2013

“We walked tonight up to the top of the hill back of my cottage and saw the sun go down…Then, as we came home, the rain began to fall very gently–that soft spring rain which give you the feeling you can almost see things grow. My lilies-of-the-valley are just young green shoots coming up out of the ground…The lilacs are out, and as we walked through the woods two white dogwood trees gleamed, almost in full bloom. Yes, the world does live again. Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt in her journal a week after the death of her husband FDR (Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage)

Yesterday I spent a few hours cleaning up the garden. It’s that time of the year to clear out all the dead plants to make way for winter mulch. As I was working, I planned out next year’s garden, taking notes of what worked, what didn’t. I noticed the low sun casts a good deal of shade on on the potager during the fall, making this garden not as good for fall crops as the main garden. That can be remedied by taking down a few trees.
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I’m actually quite happy that fall is here, I’m ready for the garden to go to sleep.

Are making plans for next year as you finish up this gardening year? Will you make and changes?

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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.