This file includes Gardens, Garden ABC's, Grass and Lawns, and Weeds
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Gardens and Gardening

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Here is a site that has quotes about gardening:
The Spirit of Gardening

No Trespassing

Neither fences nor "No Hunting" signs deterred hunters from roaming on our wooded property. Finally my husband, an ardent organic gardener, found a natural solution. He silenced the guns with this sign: "Trespassers will be composted."

To Make a Prairie

(Emily Dickinson)

To make a prairie it takes clover and one bee;
One clover and a bee,
And reverie
The reverie alone will do
If bees are few.

Sundial Poem

(from God's Garden by Dorothy Frances Gurney)

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth.
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anyplace else on earth.

Earth Voices

(Jessamyn West)

Earth's voice for gossip is bees.
For all her sighing she uses trees.
North wind is best to make a groan,
Wind and old houses or wind alone.
Earth whispers low with a snowflake
For a quiet smile she likes a lake
Roaring she leaves to hurricanes.
Weeping is done with winter rains.
Murmuring's a task for a summer sea.
For singing she sometimes uses me.

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap, Sometimes

(Pat Myren)

Raising vegetables
Is a rewarding experience
And infinitely easier
Than raising children.

I can handle garden needs:
Spray water, pull weeds,
And if the sun doesn't shine
Who can say the blame is mine?

The garden gives me joy
(More than teenage girl or boy)
My nerves it doesn't jar
And it never wants the car!

Of course, when I'm old
My garden won't take me in,
But, on the other hand,
It won't put me in a nursing
home either.

Raccoon Problems

Raccoons were eating 95 percent of a man's sweet corn so he set a lighted lantern in the corn. It only took the raccoons a couple of days to determine the thing was harmless.
Then the man ran an extension cord out to the garden and replaced the lantern with a lightbulb that blinked all night long. The coons winked right back after the third night and kept on munching corn.
The next year the man strung a line of twine around the garden and painted it with creosote. He actually ate some corn that season, as it took the raccoons a week to learn it wouldn't harm them.
The next year he went all out. He added a doorbell to the blinking lights and dripping creosote. The coons were baffled. For two weeks.
The only lasting effect, say the local coon hunters, is that all you have to do to bring home a pickup load of raccoons is go out in the woods near the man's house and ring a doorbell. back to top of page


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Grass and Lawns

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To me ASCII art symbolizes the imagination and skill of early computer users. I think it is wonderful that they could make pictures out of simple keyboard characters. However some people don't understand my fascination. To tease me one of my friends sent me this 'drawing' of his front lawn:


Lawns and God

GOD: St. Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there in the USA? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.
ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers weeds and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.
GOD: Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.
GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it, sometimes twice a week.
GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?
ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.
GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?
ST. FRANCIS: No, sir--just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.
GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?
ST. FRANCIS: Yes, sir.
GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.
ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.
GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stoke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.
ST. FRANCIS: You'd better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.
GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?
ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.
GOD: And where do they get this mulch?
ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.
GOD: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?
ST. CATHERINE: Dumb and Dumber, Lord. It's a real stupid movie about . . .
GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

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Gardening ABC's

A abundance, abundant, aching back, acorn, African Daisy, Adirondack chair, air, almond, Aloe Vera, alone, Amaryllis, amazing, annual, ant, anticipation, aphid, apple tree, apricot, April, arbor, arch, artichoke, asparagus, Aster, atrium, August, autumn, avocado, awesome, Azalea
B backyard, bamboo, band aid, barbecue, barrel, basil, basket, beans, beautiful, beauty, bee, beetle, beets, Begonia, bench, berry, bird, bird house, Black-eyed Susan, Bluebonnet, bloom, blossom, bone meal, bonsai, boots, Boston Fern, bouquet, Boxwood, broccoli, bromeliad, bucket, bugs, bulbs, bunny, butterfly, Butterfly Bush, buzz
C cabbage, Camellia, Cannas, cactus, calendar, Calla Lilies, cantaloupe, Carnation, carrot, cart, caterpillar, catnip, cherry, chickadee, chamomile, chives, Chrysanthemum, cilantro, Clematis, climbing rose, clippers, cloud, clover, Coleus, Columbine, compost, Cone Flower, coniferous, corn, cornucopia, cricket, Crocus, cucumber, cultivator
D Daffodil, Dahlias, Daisy, dandelion, dawn, Daylilies, deck, deck chair, delicate, delicious, delightful, depth, dig, diligent, dill, dirt, dirty, Dogwood, dragonfly
E early, earth, earthworm, Easter Lilies, echinacea, Edelweiss, edging, effort, eggplant, elm, enjoyment, evergreen, exercise, exhausted, extra special, extraordinary
F fabulous, fairy, fall, fantastic, fantasy, faucet, fence, fennel, fern, fertilizer, finch, firefly, flower, flower pot, foliage, forget-me-not, forsythia, fountain, fragrance, front yard, frost, fruit, fungus
G garden, Gardenia, gardener, garland, garlic, gate, Geranium, gloves, Goldenrod, gopher, gorgeous, gourd, grape, grapefruit, grass, grasshopper, green, green thumb, greenhouse, grimy, ground cover, growing
H hammock, harmony, harvest, hat, Hawthorn, Heather, hearty, hedge, herbs, Hibiscus, hoe, holly, Hollyhock, Honeysuckle, horticulture, hose, hummingbird, hybrid, Hydrangeas, hydrant
I Ice Plant, iceberg lettuce, Ikebana, impressive, inch worm, incredible, Indian corn, Indian Paintbrush, industrious, insects, inspiring, Iris, ivy
J jack rabbit, Jacob's Ladder, Jade Plant, Jasmine, jeans, Jerusalem Cherry, Jicama, Jojoba, July, June, Juniper, just ___, "
K kale, killdeer, kiwi, knee pads, knotgrass, koi pond, kohlrabi, Kola Nuts
L ladybug, Lady's Slipper, land, landscape, Larkspur, Lavender, lawn, lawn mower, leaf, leaf rake, leaves, leeks, lemons, lettuce, lightning bug, Lilac, Lily, lizard
M magnificent, Magnolia, maple, March, Marigold, marjoram, May, Mayflower, meadow, meditation, mice, mistletoe, Morning Glory, mosquito, moth, Mother Nature, Mountain Laurel, mower, mowing the lawn, mud, mulch, mushrooms
N Narcissus, Nasturtium, natural, nature, nest, new, nice, Nightshade, nook, Norfolk Island Pine, nosegay, nursery, nut
O oak leaves, oak tree, olive, onion, orange, Orange Blossoms, Orchid, organic gardening, ornamental grass, outdoors, outside, outstanding, overalls
P pail, palm tree, pampas grass, Pansy, paradise, parasol, parsley, Passion Flower, path, patience, patio, peaceful, peach, pear, peas, Peony, pepper, perennials, pest, pine cone, pine tree, pitch fork, plants, plow, pollen, pond, poplar, Poppy, porch, potato, potted plants, praying mantis, pretty, pruner, puddle, pumpkin, Pussy Willow
Q quail, quaint, quaking aspen, quality, quantity, quarterly, barbeQue, Queen Anne's Lace, quiet, Quince, quite ___, quote,
R rabbit, raccoon, radish, rain, rainbow, raised beds, rake, raspberry, reap, red bud, relax, remarkable, reptile, Rhododendrons, rhubarb, robin, rock, rock garden, romaine, root, Rose, rosemary, row, rugged
S Saguaro Cactus, scent, seasons, seeds, September, shamrock, shovel, shower, shrub, side dressing, silence, slug, smell, snail, snake, sneeze, sorrel, sowing seeds, spade, spider, spring, sprinkler, squash, squirrel, statue, straw hat, strawberry, succession planting, summer, sun, sunburn, sundial, Sunflower, sunshine, sweet corn, Sweet Pea
T tan, tarragon, terrain, terrific, thunder, thyme, tiki torch, tiller, tomato, tools, transplant, tree, trellis, trimmer, trowel, Tulip
U ultimate, umbrella, umpteen, unbelievable, under construction, underneath, unforgettable, unique, unkempt, unripe, unusual, UV rays
V Valerian, variety, vegetable, veggies, Verbena, Viburnum, Vinca, vine, Violet, Virginia Creeper, visor, volunteer
W walk, walnut, warm, wasp, water, watercress, waterfall, watermelon, watering can, weather, weather vane, weed, weekend, well, wet, wheel-barrow, wildflower, wilderness, wind, window box, wishing well, woodpecker, work, worm, wow!
X X marks the spot, relaXation, eXcavator, eXcellent, eXceptional, Xeriscape, xerophytes (plants that like hot and dry), eXpert, eXtraordinary, eXtra special
Y yams, yard, yard work, yarrow, yearly ___, yew, yield, Yucca
Z Zabelia Triflora, Zantedeschia (Calla Lily), Zea Mays (sweet corn), zealous, zesty, Zinnia, zoysia grass, zucchini

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Songs about Gardens

Songs about Ground

Songs about Weeds

Songs about Grass and Yards

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