All Quotations

If you want to read all the gardening quotations that I’ve collected, this is where you can do it.

Pests and diseases

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener p. 269

As far as pests and diseases go, summer is obviously a time when these can be at their most destructive, for the simple reason that there is most for them to destroy and for problems to feed upon.

Organic gardening is not a war

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener p. 269

Organic gardening is not a war waged against nature. Any garden imposes a superabundance of growth on a piece of land and the rest of the natural world responds very quickly to this.…As ever, the best defence from attack is from the plants themselves, not the gardener. Our job is to maximize the potential for each plant in each given situation.

Summer enters

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener p. 268

Summer enters into the vegetable garden through a back door. May is so much the archetypal month of spring that as it ends and June takes over you suddenly realize that summer has come along with it.

The real skill and pleasure

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener p. 218

I firmly believe that every plant must earn its keep in the context of the garden rather than just as a specimen. This means that the real skill and pleasure of growing plants is not judged by the success of them as individual performers but their relationship to one another, the season, and the whole range of factors, such as soil, aspect, climate, and structure.

Simple enough miracle

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener p. 179

It is a simple enough miracle, as they go. The ground is bare, looks dull in a pleasant enough, earthy kind of way, and then pow! it is covered in a rash of seedlings that become plants. It never fails to amaze me.

Little grenade

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.