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Quote of the Day: Ellen Ecker Ogden

December 2nd, 2012

A kitchen garden may just be a fancy name for a vegetable garden located near a kitchen door, filled with tender greens, aromatic herbs, and select fruits that are harvested on a daily basis. Yet it can also be a way of life. A successful kitchen garden engages all of the senses through a rich tapestry of colors, fragrance, and ultimately flavors. When you cultivate a kitchen garden, you actively engage with your source of food and integrate with your natural surroundings in a way that far surpasses the experience of purchasing food at the market. Growing your own food is truly the next logical step beyond “local”.

Ellen Ecker Ogden from The Complete Kitchen Garden

My first seed catalog arrived in the mail last week, it was from High Mowing Seeds. Each year, I choose a new garden company to order seeds from, I want to try them all. As I was flipping through the catalog I was dreaming of my 2013 edible garden.

The coming years are full of possibility, I have more space and can finally grow some of the things I’ve dreamed of growing for so long but haven’t had space to grow. I really love how edible gardening connect you with your food. It also gives you a deep appreciation for the food that you do get from elsewhere. After you’ve grown your own food, you know exactly how much work goes into it.

Have you received your first seed catalog yet?

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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.