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Quote of the Day: Thomas Edison

September 5th, 2010

“Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

~Thomas Edison

One of the things I enjoy about gardening is the work involved. Since my job consists of sitting in front of a computer, gardening provides me with the exercise I need to keep me healthy and strong, not to mention lots of fresh food as well. Hard work never makes me back down, I relish the challenge and the physical exertion that comes from gardening. Especially the tasks like double digging new garden beds as I’m doing in this photo.

What about you, do you enjoy the hard work of gardening or could you do without it?

Quote of the Day: Thomas Edison

August 29th, 2010

“Until man duplicates a blade of grass,
nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge”

~ Thomas Edison

The longer I garden and learn about the balance of nature the less I realize I know. As my gardens live organically each additional year I’m amazed at how nature balances itself out without me having to step in. When I try to step in I upset the balance and who knows what the ramifications will be, especially down the road. I’m now even content to let horn worms eat my tomatoes, and the cabbage worms eat my brassicas, I know they make tasty treats for birds, or be a host for beneficial wasps.

How has your view of nature changed throughout your gardening career?

If you’d like a copy of this quote on this photo it’s on my Flickr.

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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.