The lesson

            I remember at age 9, when I was busy supplying the town with lemonade from my stand, that for my May birthday, my parents gave me a few packets of seeds to plant anywhere I wanted. I dug up a piece of lawn by the back door, tossed out anything that didn’t look like dirt, and planted nasturtiums and marigolds, and other stuff. It all came up.  I was hooked. I paid no attention to soil pH, cation exchange rates, boron sufficiency, or any of that. I planted nasturtiums and they grew beautifully.

            I was proud, and they were proud (which made it all the better.)

            Whenever I start to sweat the small stuff now, I recall that summer. 

Peter at Swan River Farm, Cape Cod

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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