A Good Soil

by solitary walker

Since we’re redesigning and replanting our whole garden at the moment, I thought it was a good time for some gardening quotations.

“A good soil, like good food, must not be either too fat, or heavy, or cold, or wet, or dry, or greasy, or hard, or gritty, or raw; it ought to be like bread, like gingerbread, like a cake, like leavened dough; it should crumble, but not break into lumps; under the spade it ought to crack, but not squelch; it must not make slabs, or blocks, or honeycombs, or dumplings; but when you turn it over with a full spade, it ought to breathe pleasure and fall into a fine and puffy tilth. That is a tasty and edible soil, cultured and noble, deep and moist, permeable, breathing and soft — in short, a good soil is like good people, and as is well-known there is nothing better in this vale of tears.”

Karel Čapek The Gardener’s Year (1929)

“All my hurts my garden spade can heal.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson Musketaquid (1847)