Rules? What rules?

Never garden or farm by a set of rules; Nature doesn’t work that way. Garden by feel; by what seems right. Touch your soil deeply. Taste it even. Know your weather, your rain and sun. Learn from what works best and what doesn’t. Always learn, and listen to Mother.

And feel. Work with Nature, not against her. Never try to control her. Your food won’t taste right. DSCN0910.jpg

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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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6 Responses to Rules? What rules?

  1. Roxy says:

    I’m glad to hear of approval for no rules. I’m quite sure that I drive my BFF crazy with my gardening style. You see, we each have plots in our local community garden. He gardens with order and planning. He likes rows and organization. I on the other hand, am a random gardener planting at will whatever I chose and wherever it ends up. It doesn’t necessarily start out that way, but it usually ends up that way. But isn’t the most important part of gardening to be able to enjoy doing it and have some sort of a harvest? If that’s the case, then we both are successful gardeners even though we have our differences. And we’ve both learned and grown from each other’s different styles and techniques.

  2. lifegrower says:

    I love it! And yes, enjoying it is everything. Gardening is a major de-stressor, and helped save my life once from PTSD. More on that later, or in the book.
    Peter

  3. desertwoman says:

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m an intuitive gardener so it’s always by feel and inspiration for me. But, sadly, some people are so far from their inner knowing and feelings that they need outside rules or authority to guide them. Perhaps a solution here would be to remind/teach them how to reconnect to- and trust- their inner knowings and feelings.
    Sharon

  4. desertwoman says:

    ha! your secret is safe, señor pietro

    I haven’t bought a garden book in a very long time, but this is one to have- I can tell.

  5. lifegrower says:

    Thank you. It isn’t just a garden book, as you may imagine. Except that gardens are mystical….

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