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Quote of the Day: Joan Dye Gussow

June 2nd, 2013

Vegetable gardens are much more important that houses in the overall scheme of things. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization. Houses come and go, but soil must be cherished if food is to be grown for us to eat.

Joan Dye Gussow from This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
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This is certainly the case here, we are putting off any work on the house and investing our time heavily in the garden, particularly the edible spaces. We know that time invested now will pay of tenfold in the future, especially when it comes to investing in our soil.
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I’m already harvesting bountiful salads, both for me and the neighbors. On Friday I traded a big bowl of lettuce for some of my neighbor’s rhubarb. A wonderful trade indeed. I do have rhubarb plants to put in the ground here, but it will be a few years before I’ll be making any pies from them.

How important is your vegetable garden to you?

Quote of the Day: Joan Dye Gussow

March 18th, 2012

Nature is a difficult co-worker: She won’t allow you to postpone things, and she is often ready for you when you aren’t ready for her.

Joan Dye Gussow from This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader

I was thinking about this quote earlier this week when I was carrying all of my seedlings up to the front porch to harden them off. Spring is a really busy time of year and it seems that everything needs to be ready at the same time.

This year spring kind of snuck up on me, I’m really not quite ready. Winter was not nearly long enough for me, there are still a lot of things not crossed off of my to-do list.

I don’t mind though, I appreciate the need to get out and spend every spare minute getting chores done around the garden.

What’s your busiest time in the garden?

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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.