Garden seaweed

Twisted my left shoulder almost useless today, but went down to the harbor for seaweed anyway, because high tides were about to reclaim it. Seaweed adds a primordial host of nutrients to the vegetable garden (and thus, to me), and rids the place of slugs. So the truck and I pull up to find two Santa Domingo farmers from up the coast doing the same thing.

It was the first time I’d seen anyone else gathering seaweed there, so we struck up a talk in halting Spanish while I tried hoisting pitchforks of seaweed with my useless left arm — whereupon my new friends took my pitchfork and filled the truck for me. What beautiful people.

And what luck! Or was that another miracle wandering about dressed up as a coincidence?

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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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