- its calming
- to bring beauty into my life
- to connect with nature
- healthy food
There's another benefit that many people often overlook: staying physically active.
If you take a look at your Fitbit after spending time in your garden, you'll realize it's a workout.
"The camel is gratefully called the ship of the desert. The oyster mushroom is the shellfish of the forest. When the tender parts are dipped in egg, rolled in bread crumbs, and fried as an oyster, they're not excelled buy any vegetable and are worth of place on the daintiest menu."
"Most are sweet and nutty to the taste. Some are as hot as the fiercest cayenne, but this they lose upon cooking. Their caps make the most palatable dishes when stewed, baked, roasted or escalloped.”
"I'm that nigh near disgusted with the fight in our old church,
Where one halfs 'g'in the t'other, an' the Lord's left in the lurch,
That I went an' told the parson if he'd jine me in a prayer,
We'd slip out 'mong the daisies and' put one up from there."
"The first pure joy of the garden... Weeding all day to finish the beds in a queers sort of enthusiasm which made me say this is happiness. Gladioli standing in troops; the mock orange out. We were out till 9 at night, though the evening was cold. Both stiff and scratched all over today, with chocolate earth in our nails."
"What distinguished Martha from other taxidermists of the day was that Martha Maxwell always attempted to place stuffed animals in natural poses and amongst natural surroundings. This talent was what would separate her work from others and make her animals so popular with exhibitors and viewers alike.”
#OTD Today is the birthday of Walt Whitman who was born on this day in 1819.
When Whitman was 54 years old, he suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed. He spent the next two years immersed in nature and he believed that nature head help to heal him.
"How it all nourishes, lulls me, in the way most needed; the open air, the rye-fields, the apple orchards.”
Here's an excerpt from Whitman's Poem called This Compost:
"Now I am terrified at the earth! it is that calm and
patient,It grows such sweet things out of such corruptions,
It turns harmless and stainless on its axis, with such
endless successions of diseased corpses,It distills such exquisite winds out of such infused
fetor,It renews with such unwitting looks, its prodigal,
annual, sumptuous crops,It gives such divine materials to men, and accepts
such leavings from them at last."
Today's book recommendation: No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence by Emily Herring Wilson
Lawrence was one of the premier gardeners and garden writers of the 20th Century.
Little is known about her personal life until this book - which took the author over 10 years to complete.
You can get a copy of this book on Amazon using the link above for a little over $3.
Today's Garden Chore
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
"I miss my father.I remember the night he died, I came in from the field and I was talking about the peas, and for the first time, he wasn’t interested. It was a peaceful moment because he knew it was all right. He was like, ‘You got this.’ ”
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