Seeing with your heart

003 (640x480) (4)My market gardens are infested by slugs and snails this summer. What use they serve, Heaven only knows — but Heaven comes to visit my gardens now and then, and arrived the other day in the person of my grandson, Wyatt, 7.
He disappeared yesterday into the garden, and when I found him to ask his help cutting broccoli, he said, “Grampy P, I can’t! I’m racing snails.”
And there he was, at the business end of the wheelbarrow with (he named them) Slimer, Gumbo, and Turbo, chugging up the sloped end. … “Broken Shell is dead, so he’s out,” Wyatt announced, pointing to an undignified heap at the wheelbarrow bottom.
I went to pick broccoli, suddenly seeing through a child’s eyes.

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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