Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 14, 2018


Gardens are a form of autobiography.

~Sydney Eddison~

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Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.

(Lindley Karstens)

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I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,

I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.

 ~Robert Bridges "Testament of Beauty"~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 28, 2018


To forget how to dig the earth

and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. ~Mahatma Gandhi~

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Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.

~Orson Scott Card~

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How fair is a garden

amid the trials and passions of existence?


***Benjamin Disraeli***

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Our England is a garden,

and such gardens are not made

By singing: "Oh, how beautiful!"

and sitting in the shade...

 ~Rudyard Kipling, "The Glory of the Garden"~ 

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 01, 2018


You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. (Unknown)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 28, 2018


There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.

~Aldo Leopold~

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I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit...

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Plants cry their gratitude

for the sun in green joy.

~Terri Guillemets~

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The garden is the poor man's apothecary.

~German Proverb~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 01, 2018


Garden writing is often very tame, a real waste when you think how opinionated, inquisitive, irreverent and lascivious gardeners themselves tend to be. Nobody talks much about the muscular limbs, dark, swollen buds, strip-tease trees and unholy beauty that have made us all slaves of th...

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On every stem, on every leaf... and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part.

…..Oliver Wendell Holmes…..

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Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.

~Mrs. C.W. Earle’s, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 14, 2017


No two gardens are the same.

No two days are the same in one garden.

(Hugh Johnson)

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With rake and seeds and sower,

And hoe and line and reel,

When the meadows shrill with "peeping"

And the old-world wakes from sleeping,

Who wouldn't be a grower

That has any heart to feel?

~Frederick Frye Rockwell~

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It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season.

(Kate Morton’s, “The Forgotten Garden”)

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Woo hoo! I am a PUBLISHED science-fiction writer!

Follow this link to see it on Amazon, can also be seen on Barnes & Noble or other bookseller sites.


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We think that diamonds are very important, gold is very important, all these minerals are very important. We call them precious minerals, but they are all forms of the soil. But that part of this mineral that is on top, like it is the skin of the earth, that is the most precious of the commons.


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The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.

~Abraham Lincoln~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 14, 2017



Death has come for me many times but finds me always in my lovely garden and leaves me there, I think, as an excuse to return.

~Robert Brault~

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We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike.

~Evelyn Underhill~

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Let nature be in your yard.

~Greg Peterson~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 21, 2017


A garden is always a series of losses

set against a few triumphs, like life itself.

(May Sarton)

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The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cell...

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Coffee. Garden. Coffee.

Does a good morning need anything else?

~Betsy Cañas Garmon ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 01, 2017



Every radish I ever pulled up seemed to have a mortgage attached to it.

~Ed Wynn~

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I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.

:::F. Frankfort Moore:::

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Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden. It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.

~Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The...

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Despite the gardener's best intentions,

Nature will improvise.

~Michael P. Garofalo~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 07, 2017



Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.

(Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732)

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Take thy plastic spade,

It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants,

They are thy colours; and by these repay

With interest every charm Nature lent thy art.

 ~William Mason, The English Garden, 1772~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 28, 2017



The longer you wait for the future,

the shorter it will be. 


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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 21, 2017


Before the word "plastic" meant the manufactured material that we relate to today, it meant "sculptural." It also means able to be molded or capable of adapting to varying conditions, flexible, etc. The word has been in use since at least the 1600s.

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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.

/// Chinese Proverb ///

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In order to live off a garden,

you practically have to live in it.

…Frank McKinney Hubbard…

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It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional.

~Robert Brault~

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Give me odorous at sunrise a garden

of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.

~Walt Whitman~

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Creating your own urban farm is as simple as planting your flowerbeds with edibles.

~Greg Peterson~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jul 14, 2017


In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.

~ Dodinsky ~

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Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.

~ Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces, 1977 ~

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Gardens should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.

~H.E. Bates’, “A Love of Flowers”~

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My garden is my favorite teacher.

~ Betsy Cañas Garmon ~

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Delve in! The year's before us;

 Spring's promise fills the air.

 Descendants of Antæus,

 The brown earth's touch can free us,

 Renew us and restore us,

 From the hand o' carking care.


Frederick Frye Rockwell’s, "Invitation" (1913)

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I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden.

~Abraham Cowley's, The Garden, 1666~

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One of the most delightful things about a garden is

the anticipation it provides.

~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show~

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Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe

and she laughs with a harvest.

~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 28, 2017



I have never had so many good ideas

day after day

as when I worked in the garden.

~John Erskine~

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My father talked and contrived endlessly to the effect that I should understand the land, not as a commodity, an inert fact to be taken for granted, but as an ultimate value, enduring and alive, useful and beautiful and mysterious and formidable and comforting, beneficent and terribly demand...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 14, 2017


Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.

~ Russell Page ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 07, 2017



The garden is a love song,

a duet between

a human being and Mother Nature.

~ Jeff Cox ~

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It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening.

You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not.

~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 28, 2017



A garden was the primitive prison, till man with Promethean felicity and boldness, luckily sinned himself out of it.

(Charles Lamb)

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In the spring,

at the end of the day,

you should smell like dirt.

~Margaret Atwood~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 14, 2017



To this day I cannot see a bright daffodil, a proud gladiola, or a smooth eggplant without thinking of Papa. Like his plants and trees, I grew up as a part of his garden. (Leo Buscaglia)

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Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 01, 2017


My response to a query regarding equipment for mining landfills for recyclables:


Good Morning Andres,

With much regret I must tell you that the US has no such thing (at least as far as I know, of course). In fact, the United States will probably be one of the last countries to mine their l...

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The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no...

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When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. (Unknown)

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When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

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No matter where you are you can grow something to eat. Shift your thinking and you'd be surprised at the places your food can be grown! Window sill, fire escape and rooftop gardens have the same potential to provide impressive harvests as backyard gardens, greenhouses and community spaces. ~Greg...

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I know the pleasure of pulling up root vegetables.

They are solvable mysteries.


~Novella Carpenter’s, “Farm City”~

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My little bit of earth in the front garden is one of the places that I find my bearings. The rhythm of my day begins with a cup of coffee and a little bit of weeding or dreaming. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon

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A rainbow of soil is under our feet;

 red as a barn and black as peat.

It's yellow as lemon and white as the snow;

 bluish gray. So many colors below.

Hidden in darkness as thick as the night;

 The only rainbow that can form without light.

Dig you a pit, or bore you a hole,

 you'll fi...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 14, 2017


Anybody who wants to rule the world

should try to rule a garden first.

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We have neglected the truth that a good farmer

is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.

+ Wendell Berry +

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 01, 2017


Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.

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Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.

~Karel Capek, The Gardener's Year

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And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose,

And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows...


 ~Rudyard Kipling’s, "The Glory of the Garden"~

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Most people who possess anything like an acre, or half of it, contribute weekly to the support of a gentleman known as Jobbing Gardener. You are warned of the danger that he may prove to be Garden Pest Number One. ~C.E. Lucas-Phillips

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Plants give us oxygen

for the lungs

and for the soul.

~Terri Guillemets~

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I am writing in the garden.

To write as one should of a garden

one must not write outside it or merely somewhere near it,

but in the garden.

~Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924)~

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I sit in my garden,

gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself.

And I find sufficient purpose for my day. 

(Robert Brault)

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An acre of land between the shore and the hills...

A garden I need never go beyond,

Broken but neat, whose sunflowers every one

Are fit to be the sign of the Rising Sun...

~Edward Thomas (1878–1917), "For These"

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There is something primal, even sexy about growing asparagus in the garden that is lost to those who are only familiar with the canned variety. During the harvest each spring, it is with joyous anticipation that I visit the garden daily, simply for the satisfaction of finding those tender new sh...

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Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity. You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it.

~S.J. Perelman, Acres and Pains, 1951~

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Work, through the summer golden,

 And through the autumn's glow,

 Till the months lay down their burden

 In the full garden's guerdon,

 And earth, once more enfolden,

 Sleeps warm beneath the snow.

 ~Frederick Frye Rockwell, 1913 ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 21, 2016


In almost every garden, the land

is made better and so is the gardener.

~Robert Rodale~

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We spend our lives hurrying away from the real, as though it were deadly to us. "It must be up there somewhere on the horizon," we think. And all the time it is in the soil, right beneath our feet.


~William Bryant Logan’s, “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth” 

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 17, 2016


Life begins the day

you start a garden.

~Chinese Proverb~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 15, 2016


Today I had set aside for spading. Now there is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp. You turn a spade full and then carefully knock all the lumps to pieces and you go on for hours without thinking about anything. (John Steinbeck)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 13, 2016


A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often — just to save it from drying out completely.

~ Pam Brown 

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If there was a big gardening convention, and you got up and gave a speech in favor of fast-motion gardening, I bet you would get booed right off the stage. They're just not ready.

*Jack Handey’s, “Deeper Thoughts: All New, All Crispy”*

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How can I stand on the ground every day and not feel its power?

How can I live my life stepping on this stuff and not wonder at it?

Science says that an acre of soil produces one horsepower every day.

But you could pour gasoline all over the ground forever

and never see it sprout maple t...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 07, 2016



I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.

*Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988*

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 05, 2016



Farming is a profession of hope.

~ Brian Brett ~

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It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience. It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn't a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong? Maybe nothing.

~Eleanor Perényi’s, Green Thought...

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Happy Holidays to All!

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Why try to explain miracles to your kids

when you can just have them plant a garden.


~Robert Brault ~

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As a gardener,

I'm among those who believe

that much of the evidence

of God's existence has been planted.

~Robert Brault~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 25, 2016


A farm is an irregular patch of nettles

bounded by short-term notes,

containing a fool and his wife

who didn't know enough to stay in the city.


~S.J. Perelman~

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The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God's heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.


(Dorothy Frances Gurney’s, "Garden Thoughts")

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The home gardener is

part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part ploughman.

~ John R. Whiting ~

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Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: "Love. They must do it for love." Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in th...

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