Gardening inspiration

Love getting your hands dirty in the garden? Let these gems of wisdom inspire you.

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries.”

– Ron Finley, designer and gardener

“I love growing quinces. I have a quince tree that I adore, and I make lots of things with them – quince cake, poached quinces, and my favourite at the moment is slow-roasted shoulder of lamb on a bed of quinces. It’s great for a weekend meal, and it makes your house smell really good.”

– Emma Dean, MasterChef winner

“Get rid of any misconceived notions in your head such as needing lots of space or it being too hard. You can grow food in a window sill. Start small and the first time you eat what you grow, you will be hooked.”

– Rebecca Sullivan, Dirty Girl Kitchen

“Gardening done by gardeners is complicated, but gardening done by normal people is actually quite simple and a lot of fun.”

– Mat Pember, the Little Veggie Patch Co.

“Eat the leaves, the tendrils and the tops – there is a lot more to plants that you can eat than most people know.”

– Michael Valentine, head chef, Pallet

“I strongly believe that the way to change how kids feel about food is for them to learn about it from the very beginning, from planting a seed, and watering it in, to harvesting food when it is ready, bringing it into a kitchen and cooking it before sitting around the table and eating with their friends.”

– Stephanie Alexander

“Grow food that needs to be fresh when it’s on your plate. For example potatoes are great and easy to do, but I wouldn’t prioritise that over leafy greens and herbs like spinach, rocket, kale, peas, beans, cucumber and zucchini, which are fast growing and easy to grow over spring.”

– Laurel Coad, CERES nursery manager

“One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds.”

– Dan Bennett, comedian

“Silverbeet is one of those things where it’s so easy to grow you may as well just to buoy your spirit and confidence and always have something in the garden. It’s also very versatile, you can use it as a substitute for spinach or in your salads.”

– Mat Pember, the Little Veggie Patch Co.

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?”

Robert Brault, writer

“There are no gardening mistakes, 
only experiments.”

Janet Kilburn Phillips, gardener

“At the moment I’m going nuts for kale, it’s just so versatile. It gets a bad wrap sometimes, I think because people often boil it too much, but if you just lightly steam it or lightly sautee it, it’s really beautiful.”

– Emma Dean. MasterChef winner

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”

– A. A. Milne, author

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