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carrots from Raleigh community garden

Quotes are always great. Some of the best ones can be found on a plaque outside an important building downtown or even a dinner menu. Particularly, the ones inside a leisure read, like say a book on starting a community garden in your neighborhood, provide the time to take them in slowly and reread.

In the spirit of summertime reading and sunshine loving, I’m happy to announce that local gardener Shamsa Visone and Downtown Dame are working on an eBook!

In it will be step-by-step instructions for how to construct a community-sized garden and tips for how to make it a success. Shamsa is part of the Pullen Park neighborhood community garden, the Wedge Garden (shaped like a wedge!). In this eBook she provides valuable insight into garden layout (including paths!) to community participation (member dues and core leadership).

Get your copy! Stay tuned. For now, a quote sneak peek…


There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. —Mirabel Osler

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zerosum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. —Michael Pollan

It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season. —Kate Morton

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden. —John Erskine

Some awesome pics of veggies from the Wedge here.

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