Hard winter leaving

So the latest friggin’ blizzard ended on the Cape today, and I walked into Snows-great-hardware-and everything-else store in Orleans, just down Route 6, saw Betsy at the counter, and told her, “I ain’t talking….”

She saw my farm truck and said “Yeah, I figured.” So I picked up a new tablecloth and cotton napkins for a beautiful lady coming from Little Compton, RI, tomorrow, then chose to talk as I was checking out.

“Damned onion and leek plants from Johnny’s came two weeks ago, about 800 of them, and have to be planted by next week, and the damned ground’s still frozen.”

“I know,” says Betsy. “My garlic came up last week, then turned around and headed back down.”

I drove off and stopped to pick up some cut tulips from some other country to cheer up the dinner table and night stand for my lady from Rhode Island.

You do what you can.

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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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