I was perusing my Old Farmers Almanac and came across a Gardening Adage:
If you grow it for the fruit or the root, you need full sun.
If you grow it for the leaves, partial shade is all you need.
I have never heard this adage before but find that it is very true. The blurb even highlighted the specifics of the statement (which I have bolded and underlined). It gave me an idea for updating my blog. I think I will create a page that is nothing but these adages and wife’s tales from the past. Some of them will be bizarre, and some will be true, but most of all they will be fun to find and read.
Cares melt when you kneel in the garden.
I find that one to be very true for me. Especially when it is time to do weeds, I can really get into ripping those suckers out, and I surprisingly find that my cares have drifted away – after about two hours of doing it.
Can’t see the forest for the trees.
This is a huge truth for me in the garden and regular life. I can’t count the number of times I was working on a problem or project wishing for an easier way. Then, usually years later, it just pops into my head. It was right in front of me the whole time, and I just did not see it.
A dedicated gardener dwells within.
Ok, I admit I have no clue on this one? Is it supposed to mean that gardeners are introverted, or is it just stating the fact that someone who really works hard on their garden is living in the house?
In spring at the end of the day,
You should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood, Canadian Writer (1939)
This was actually a quote and not an adage, but I have heard it tons of times growing up on the farm (never knew who started it before). Most adages are simply passed down through families with no real concern for it being a quote or not.
This one made me giggle:
Gardening is just another day at the plant.
Then last, but not least (I hope) is one of my most favorites:
Dirt poor, filthy rich.
I think it should be the other way around. If you have dirt, you should be rich because you can feed those you love. Then again, I get really filthy when I garden (or any work out on the farm), and yet I am nowhere near rich.
I would love to hear from you all! Please share any family goodies that you carry with you in your gardening endeavors. I would love to add them to my new page — the funnier or sillier, the better.
You can also check me out at: www.lifelessonslived.com for all the fun things I have learned in life.