Gardening Teaches a Work Ethic
March 22, 2017

“The land provides the greatest abundance of good things, but doesn’t allow them to be taken without effort. It trains people to endure the cold of winter and the heat of summer.” “Furthermore, the land also freely teaches justice to those who are capable of learning; for it does people favors in […]

Gardening Teaches Humility and Prayer
March 15, 2017

“Do you think it is any less necessary to ask the gods for mercy where agricultural affairs are concerned? Sensible farmers, I can assure you, worship and pray to the gods about their fruits, grain, cattle, horses, sheep—yes, and all their property.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager Virgil speaks of it, and Cato, […]

Why Everyone Should Garden: a Series
March 8, 2017

“The Paterfamilias should think a long time about building, but planting is a thing not be thought about but done.” Cato the Elder, On Agriculture I have spoken to many people who have thought about gardening but who have not started to do so. That is why these words of Cato struck […]

Wednesday Quotes
Time to Plow Again
May 18, 2016

“Remember the time has come to plow again.” Hesiod, Works and Days Something deep within us stirs. We feel that spring should be more than just different weather outside. Sure it changes how we dress; and now we have to mow the lawn. Baseball season returns, and flowers bloom. Yet we sense […]

Wednesday Quotes
Why Everyone Should Plant Seeds This Week
August 5, 2015

“Of the art of acquisition [of food] then there is one kind which by nature is a part of the management of a household, in so far as the art of household management must either find ready to hand, or itself provide, such things necessary to life…” Aristotle, Politics Eating is not […]

Wednesday Quotes
Living Pleasantly from the Land
March 18, 2015

“In the first place, thanks to those who work it, the land bears not only the means for people to live, but also bears the means for them to live pleasantly.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager This past week I planted my spring greens. There is something about placing seeds in the ground. […]

Wednesday Quotes
Last Chance to Plant
August 27, 2014

“Do remember that each kind of work has its season…” Hesiod, Works and Days A simple, mundane truth about the end of August. The mid-Atlantic growing season is moving toward its completion, so now is the last opportunity in the garden to plant something that can grow to fruition this year—such as […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Best Manure
July 2, 2014

“We must observe what parts of the land must be manured, how the manure is to be applied, and the best kind to use; for there are several varieties. Cassius states that the best manure is that of birds, except marsh- and sea-fowl; and that the dung of pigeons is the best […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Mother of All Arts
June 18, 2014

“Whoever it was who said that agriculture is the mother and nurse of all other arts was right, because when agriculture is faring well, all the other arts are strengthened too; but wherever the land is forced into barrenness, all the other arts, whether based on land or sea, are more or […]

Aleteia
Fathers and Sons, and Gardens
April 9, 2014

“The land provides the greatest abundance of good things, but doesn’t allow them to be taken without effort.” “Furthermore, the land also freely teaches justice to those who are capable of learning; for it does people favors in proportion to how well they serve it.” “Agriculture also contributes toward training people in […]