A few famous gardening quotes

The above quote by and obtained from Michael Garofalo’s “The spirit of Gardening” truly sums up what most gardeners feel; however, the joy of gardening is expressed in so many eloquent quotes that delight even the non-gardener:

“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.” ~H. Fred Ale.

“There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.” ~Mirabel Osler.

Sprouting Plants

“Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.” ~Author Unknown

“What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.” ~Charles Dudley Warner

“You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.” ~unknown

“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” ~Hanna Rion

For the beginner or the most advanced gardener, the variety of seed catalogs that are available online is amazing and offers every type of plant and vegetable seed you can imagine (and some that you can’t). Perhaps you just want a few tomatoes, or cucumbers, or you might have the feelings described in the following quote, “I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from an Old Manse.

Seed packets

Hawthorne was a true gardener, but just because you don’t have a hill of beans, it doesn’t make you any less of a gardener! And, you have the decided advantage over Hawthorne in that you have the Internet and all it has to offer. With just a click of your mouse. you’ll be able to see full color seed catalogs with many wonderful varieties of flower and vegetable seeds available for the home gardener. Enjoy tasty vegetables or fresh-cut flower bouquets from your own backyard. Full planting instructions are included with helpful information as to sun and soil requirements as well as amount of water needed.

An important reminder, you don’t need a big area to have a garden. Container gardening has become very popular. This is particularly true for people with small yards or those who are somewhat disabled. There’s a great deal of online information that will help you decide what’s right for you—the size and style of containers, plant suggestions as well as care instructions. Check out the online seed catalogs for a wealth of helpful information.

The pleasure and satisfaction of serving (and eating) what you’ve grown in your own yard or window box is immeasurable. Vegetable seeds can be ordered online to arrive at your home at the proper planting time.

Red and Green Tomatoes Hanging on Vine

If you haven’t planted any vegetables before, you will be amazed at how easy it is and how abundant your “crop” will be. Planting vegetable seeds also provides a wonderful opportunity to teach your children about. It can become a family affair from the planting of the first seed to serving the fruits of your harvest.

Some vegetable seeds can be planted with flowers. Check out the online catalogs to determine exactly what you want, where the best place to plant is, and what ornamental flowers could be planted with your vegetable seeds.

The Internet can be your planting and instruction guide. If you’re not one already, you can become an accomplished and knowledgeable gardener with a little help from your online friends.

Remember, gardening need not be all work. Give yourself permission to take a break now and then. Sit in the shade, sip lemonade and give yourself time to smell the flowers or watch the tomatoes grow.