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Quote of the Day: Thomas S Cowan

March 11th, 2012

The intellectual mind has discovered that sunlight moving through the air at certain angles produces red and orange colors; and that the moon’s light is due to photons bounding off it’s surface. But when we experience the beauty of a sunset, or the magic of a moonlit night, we are not thinking of photons or refractive indices. The poetry of nature speaks, first and foremost, to the human soul.

Thomas S Cowan, MD (The Fourfold Path to Healing)

This past week we’ve been having the most wonderful moon rises. The nights have been fairly clear and the moon has been really bright. This doesn’t happen all the time, just certain times of the year. It’s funny how the moon rises and sets every day, yet there are those days when it makes us stop in our tracks and watch in wonder!

What part of nature do you find speaks most to your soul?

Quote of the Day: John Muir

November 14th, 2010

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

John Muir

The more I read about insects, soil, plants, and microorganisms, I realize we know little about the complex web that they all form. We’re often so quick to categorize something as a pest or a disease without thinking about the reason that it’s happening and how this problem is related to not only, our small gardens, but also nature as a whole.

The longer I garden, the less I step in and try to “fix” things, I try to let nature run it’s course. I started by simply doing away with any chemicals in my garden, then I moved on to not using any organic options either for pests or diseases. I now focus on feeding the soil, along with encouraging insects and birds. I do this by growing a wide variety of plants, many native and trying to grow the soil slowly and naturally without adding a lot extra amendments. This has made a HUGE impact my little garden, I have found that the less I step in, the more vibrant my garden becomes, the wider variety of native plants, insects and birds I see and the fewer problems I encounter. Tugging at or nurturing one part of nature really does affect everything else.

In what ways have you noticed the complex system of the natural world in your garden?

Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

September 12th, 2010

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve definitely learned patience through gardening! I believe gardening is about the process not the final product, which is why I don’t buy a lot of mature plants. I prefer to start things from cuttings and spend years nurturing them into beautiful plants or start things from seed.

Has gardening helped teach you patience?

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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.