Your New Year Garden

I’ve been traipsing around through other matters long enough. It’s time to get back to gardening, and I’ll start with vegetables. But keep the faith — flowers, fruits, berries, and all manner of other sensual delights lie just around the corner. Stay put. This is where to be.

     The most incredible thing about sowing vegetables lie in the discovery that I could grow my own food. Imagine that! What power; what independence, what misery when things went wrong. But I changed to organics and little went wrong after that.

       The Big Whammy came when I learned I not only could grow my own food, but sell it to others. This was scary, because it meant having the hubris (or maybe the confidence) to know that my things were as good as those in the supermarket. In fact, they were better.  In fact, it turned out, they were much better. At first I underpriced them, lacking confidence, but that soon changed when customers at my new farm stand showed up at dawn on Saturdays saying they’d pay almost anything for my lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, and what have you.

    There is no secret in this: Your vegetables are organic, fresh as it comes, beautiful;, and customer know where it comes from; they can trust you.

     So before we go on, take this sweet little step: Think about growing food for others. Decide nothing. Just think about it. Tomorrow we’ll take your venture maybe one step further.

Sleep on it, and good dreams.


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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