Posted on 29 August 2019
I was going to do some housecleaning today, but then a bumblebee buzzed, a bird sang, and a flower bloomed. So instead, I gardened.
Life without Chile is no Life at All
Who needs Hot Sauce when you have Hot Hatch Chile?
Murphy's Law of Peeling Hatch Chile:
As soon as your hands are covered in chile juice, your nose will begin to itch, you will want to rub your eyes, and you will have to pee.
Obviously grew their own Hatch Chile."
Keep Calm: It's Hatch Chile Season
You know you’re a Serious Gardener when...
Your neighbors don’t recognize your face
because that’s usually not the end they see.
GARDENING WITH NO CHANCE OF
SHOPPING OR HOUSE CLEANING
"Every Expert was Once a Beginner" Garden Meme
Gardener Rule: One can never have too many seeds!
One of the most delightful things about a
garden is the anticipation it provides - W.E. Johns
A garden is a friend you can visit any time.
I don't always enjoy gardening... wait, yes I do!
"Gardeners plant at least 10,000 plants in the course of a lifetime without having the least idea where they'll put them all."
Yes, quite true.
Don't Forget to Drink Water and Get Sun.
You're Basically a Plant with Complicated Emotions.
We may think we are nurturing our garden,
but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.
~ Jenny Uglow
Above: Garden Signs by Picklewix.com
Garden Memes: Comic by Picklewix.com
Vegetable Gardens turn Ordinary People into Chefs
- illustration by Picklewix.com
Do you love to grow vegetables?
Grow chile peppers and tomatoes from our collection.
Over the past 12 years, we have expanded from our original six green chiles to now over 100 specialty peppers and 44 tomatoes. We enjoy sharing seeds with people that like growing peppers and tomatoes as much as we do.
In 2008, Sandia Seed Company was founded on the idea that seeds for green chile peppers should be available for everyone. We love our green chile and are proud to offer the best selection of open-pollinated non-GMO New Mexican pepper seeds in the world.
Grow Chili Seeds!
Chile peppers are super easy to grow from seed, and you can grow them all around the world! Make sure to grow our customer-favorites including our NuMex Heritage Big Jim Seeds, or our Aji Limo Lemon Drop Pepper seeds, Serrano Seeds, Poblano Seeds, Red Cherry Hot Seeds, Carolina Reaper Seeds (the hottest pepper in the world!), Tabasco Seeds, NuMex Trick or Treat Habanero seeds (no heat), White Bhut Jolokia seeds, Peach Bhut Jolokia seeds, Yellow Jalapeno seeds, and Yellow Carolina Reaper seeds to name just a few.
More Garden Quotes:
“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
“You are also far less likely to waste food when you have nurtured it from a seed into a plant.” ~ Darina Allen
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” ~ Alfred Austin
“We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.” ~ Unknown Author
“It is a pleasure to till the soil and to smell the fresh crumbly earth, but the earth does not grow; it is still a clod. The plant responds to every affectionate touch.”
“A garden is half-made when it is well planned. The best gardener is the one who does the most gardening by the winter fire.”
~ Liberty Hyde Bailey
“Successful gardening is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, the way it ought to be done, whether you want to do it or not.” ~ Jerry Baker
“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” ~ Luis Barragan
“How large the garden should be is often hastily decided when the gardener is in the flush of spring fever. That’s a bad time! It’s like going grocery shopping when you’re hungry.” ~ Mel Bartholomew
“There’s little risk in becoming overly proud of one’s garden because gardening by its very nature is humbling. It has a way of keeping you on your knees.” ~ JoAnne R. Barwick
“Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression, some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
“October is Nature’s funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. … Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
“Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.” ~ George Bernanos
“Without doubt, without hesitation, I choose gardening over the gym. I can’t stand going to the gym. Give me gardening every time.” ~ Mary Berry
“One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.” ~ Wendell Berry
“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.” ~ Wendell Berry
“People who know the garden in which their vegetables have grown and know that the garden is healthy will remember the beauty of the growing plants, perhaps in the dewy first light of morning when gardens are at their best. Such a memory involves itself with the food and is one of the pleasures of eating.” ~ Wendell Berry
“In every gardener, there is a child who believes in the seed fairy.” ~ Robert Brault
“Remember that children, marriage and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“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
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I look upon the pleasure we take in a garden as one of the most innocent delights in life.” ~ Cicero
“As I leave the garden, I take with me a renewed view, and a quiet soul.” ~ Jessica Coupe
“The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.” ~ Jeff Cox
“Weather means more when you have a garden: there’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your lettuce and green beans.” ~ Marcelene Cox
“Flowers are the music of the ground from earth’s lips spoken without sound.” ~ Edwin Curran
“The process of weeding can be as beneficial to the gardener as the garden. It gives scope to the aggressive instinct — what satisfaction to pull up an enemy by the roots and throw him into a heap! And yet, paradoxically, weeding is the most peaceful of any outdoor task.” ~ Bertha Damon
“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” ~ James Dent
“If you stop tending to flowers when they lose a few petals, you will never grow a garden.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo
“Only when your love of roses is greater than your fear of thorns can you grow a beautiful garden.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo
“The most serious gardening I do would seem very strange to an onlooker, for it involves hours of walking round in circles, apparently doing nothing.” ~ Helen Dillon
“A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.” ~ Dogen
“It is a good idea to be alone in the garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.” ~ James Douglas
“Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.” ~ Lou Erickson
“The philosopher who said that work well done never needs doing over never weeded a garden.” ~ Ray D. Everson
“You mustn’t rely on your flowers to make your garden attractive. A good bone structure must come first, with an intelligent use of evergreen plants so that the garden is always clothed, no matter what time of year. Flowers are an added delight, but a good garden is the garden you enjoy looking at even in the depths of winter.” ~ Margery Fish
• “Firmness in all aspects is a most important quality when gardening, not only in planting but in pruning, dividing and tidying up. Plants are like babies, they know when an amateur is handling them.” ~ Margery Fish
• “Herb gardening has been compared to chamber music. Both are best appreciated in small places, for they have an intimate quality lost in a large hall or in a big garden. Gardening with herbs … is indulged in by those who like subtlety in their plants in preference to brilliance.” ~ Helen Morgenthau Fox
“No matter how the harvest will turn out, whether or not there will be enough food to eat, in simply sowing seed and caring tenderly for plants under nature’s guidance there is joy.” ~ Masanobu Fukuoka
“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on Earth.” ~ Doug Green
“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” ~ Lewis Grizzard
“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
“Meal planning is simply more exciting and less bewildering when you wait for fruits and vegetables to come into season, eat them steadily when they arrive, and say a reluctant goodbye for another year when their season has passed.” ~ Joan Dye Gussow
“All through the winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.” ~ Helen Hayes
“There is a continuity about the garden and an order of succession in the garden year which is deeply pleasing, and in one sense there are no breaks or divisions — seed time flows on to flowering time and harvest time; no sooner is one thing dying than another is coming to life.” ~ Susan Hill & Rory Stuart
“I could happily lean on a gate all the livelong day, chatting to passers-by about the wind and the rain. I do a lot of gate-leaning while I am supposed to be gardening; instead of hoeing, I lean on the gate, stare at the vegetable beds and ponder.” ~ Tom Hodgkinson
“One’s own flowers and some of one’s own vegetables make acceptable, free, self-congratulatory gifts when visiting friends, though giving zucchini — or leaving it on the doorstep, ringing the bell, and running — is a social faux pas.” ~ Barbara Holland
“Going out to the garden is to go on a holiday; when you travel amongst the flowers, your body touches heaven and your mind tastes the secrets of ataraxia!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan
“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll
“There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll
“If you tickle the earth with a hoe, she laughs with a harvest.” ~ Douglas William Jerrold
“A backyard designed to be a ‘little piece of heaven’ can remake ordinary time and space into something memorable.” ~ Jan Johnsen
“Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps us believe in life.” ~ Myron S. Kaufman
“I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.” ~ Penelope Keith
“Garden as though you will live forever.” ~ William Kent
“Eating locally in winter is easy. But the time to think about that would be August.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver
“I have seen women look at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they’re feeling because that’s how I read the seed catalogs in January.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver
“Gardens are not made by singing, ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” ~ Rudyard Kipling
“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning to grow in rows.” ~ Doug Larson
“A garden “makes all our senses swim in pleasure, and that with infinite variety.” ~ William Lawson
“There can be no doubt that a society rooted in the soil is more stable than one rooted in pavements.” ~ Aldo Leopold
• “In all places, then, and in all seasons,
Flowers expand their light and soul-like wings,
Teaching us, by most persuasive reasons,
How akin they are to human things.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Morning is the best of all times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten.” ~ William Longgood
“One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one’s horticultural goals. If a garden is a site for the imagination, how can we be very far from the beginning?” ~ Francis Cabot Lowell
“You can put a gardener behind the wheel, but you can’t keep her eyes off the landscape.” ~ Janet Macunovich
“Be pleased with your real garden. Don’t pursue the perfection of a picture. What you see in a photo lasted only as long as the shutter snap.” ~ Janet Macunovich
“The garden is a lot like a puppy: it needs care and attention every day. And like a puppy, it pays you back with endless rewards, the kiss of bloom on fruit, the sweet fullness of a fresh pea.” ~ Deborah Madison
“The trouble with gardening … is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession.” ~ Phyllis McGinley
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” ~ Claude Monet
“Let death take me planting my cabbages, indifferent to him, and still less of my garden not being finished.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.” ~ Elizabeth Murray
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” ~ Pablo Neruda
“Ideas are always disturbing, especially new ideas. Most normal, charming, intelligent adults have learned to leave their minds alone and so are immune to new ideas. But not gardeners. These unfortunates are susceptible to every new idea carried by the wings of chance.” ~ Josephine Neuse
“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” ~ Brian O’Driscoll
“There is no ‘The End’ to be written, neither can you, like an architect, engrave in stone the day a garden was finished; a painter can frame his picture, a composer notate his coda, but a garden is always on the move.” ~ Mirabel Osler
“Start eating kale because it’s good for you, and you may end up eating it because it is good.” ~ Ruth Page
“Sooner or later every gardener must face the fact that certain things are going to die on him. It is a temptation to be anthromorphic about plants, to suspect that they do it to annoy.” ~ Eleanor Perenyi
“After compost itself, mulches in general are the subject most actively boring to the organic gardener’s friends.” ~ Eleanor Perenyi
“Every harmful insect has a mortal enemy. Cultivate that enemy and he will do your work for you.” ~ Eleanor Perenyi
• “There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” ~ Janet Kilburn Phillips
• “In terms of things you can do to have a better life, picking berries simply works.” ~ Barbara Pleasant
“My garden, like my life, seems to me every year to want correction and require alternation.” ~ Alexander Pope
“A garden is like the self. It has so many layers and winding paths, real or imagined, that it can never be known, completely, even by the most intimate of friends.” ~ Anne Raver
“Something happens to me when I garden. I am fully, reliably, blissfully present to who I am and where I am in that moment.” ~ Janisse Ray
• “In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener.” ~ Robert Rodale
“Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“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.” ~ Joel Salatin
“Gardening is a madness, a folly that does not go away with age. Quite the contrary.” ~ May Sarton
• “I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” ~ Alice Sebold
“To create a garden is to search for a better world. In our effort to improve on nature, we are guided by a vision of paradise. Whether the result is a horticultural masterpiece or only a modest vegetable garden patch, it is based on the expectation of a glorious future. This hope for the future is at the heart of all gardening.” ~ Marina Schinz
“Folk wisdom has it that a poor gardener grows weeds, a good gardener grows vegetables, and a very good gardener grows soil.” ~ Edward C. Smith
“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
“It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.” ~ Edwin Way Teale
“Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower — but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.”
~ Alfred Tennyson
“As I work among my flowers, I find myself talking to them, reasoning and remonstrating with them, and adoring them as if they were human beings. Much laughter I provoke among my friends by doing so, but that is of no consequence. We are on such good terms, my flowers and I.” ~ Celia Thaxter
“I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closes one can come to being present at creation.” ~ Phyllis Theroux
“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.” ~ D. Elton Trueblood
“We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” ~ Jenny Uglow
“I live in the garden. I just sleep in the house.” ~ Unknown
“I always think of my herb garden as a living extension of my pantry.” ~ Alice Waters
“Gardening is not trivial. If you believe that it is, closely examine why you feel that way. … The fact is, gardening is just the opposite — it is, or should be, a central, basic expression of human life.” ~ Andrew Weil
“There are no happier folks than plant lovers and none more generous than those who garden.” ~ Ernest Wilson