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Seeds of Wisdom

  • "It is always exciting to open the door and go out into the garden for the first time on any day." Marion Cran
  • "When in the fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness." Celia Thaxter
  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero
  • "He who owns a garden, However small it be, Whose hands have planted in it Flower or bush or tree; He who watches patiently The growth from nurtured sod, Who thrills at newly opened bloom Is very close to God." Katherine Edelman
  • "Like a big mountain, a small garden stimulates, restores, and delights us, just as it poses challenges, promotes mastery, provides exercise and relieves monotony." Winifred Gallagher
  • "Though an old man I am but a young gardener." Thomas Jefferson
  • "A garden is never so good as it will be next year." Thomas Cooper
  • "Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." Eizabeth Murray
  • "God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done." Author Unknown


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Beth, I'm glad to know that someone else sprinkles the mulch around plants because they like the look. I use red cedar and it always smells and looks so nice when wet. Actually, it does have a good purpose too because it keeps the surrounding plants cooler on a hot day. As to watering systems, my husband has spent countless hours fiddling with the drip irrigation. As the plants grow they need constant re-adjusting. So now, we water by hand, which I enjoy anyway. Because like you, I like to get up close and personal with my plants and their individual needs. LOVE the watering can!! That is a real worker and looks fun to use.


Guilty of all but the last one. I couldn't possibly water all we have with a watering can. I truly would be there all day. As it is, it takes about three hours to water everything with the hose and sprinkler.

My feet get watered almost as much as my gardens do. ;-)

And I definitely play favorites! If it's something invasive, I figure less water will help keep it under control!

I always water the areas surrounding plants, because I figure the ground is like a sponge or a paper towel. If you water just the plant and not the area around it, whatever is dry will draw water towards it and away from the plants, so it all gets it and as you said, it looks nicer when it's all wet, too!


I suspected that, Bev and Kylee -- that watering everything including the mulch keeps the garden cooler and moister and thus helps the plants.

It's my dream that my garden areas become large enough that I can't possibly continue watering using my current method! : ) Give me a few years....

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