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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.

Getting there

Alright, two ways to go from here: One is to stay out in the garden and keep going, adding rows, adding seeds and seedlings and so on as the weeks and months amble by — and that works:  seeds from … Continue reading

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We’re back — just in time.

DAMNITALL, it’s been too long, but now the world is in a bit of a pinch.  We need what were called “Victory Gardens,” in WWII — to self-sustain family and friends with food from your own yard. And to cheer … Continue reading

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Hold on….

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Navajo chant (ancient)

Today I will walk out, today everything unnecessary will leave me, I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body. I will have a light body, I will be happy forever, nothing will … Continue reading

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On Canned Peas

I remember canned peas at our childhood dinner table. They were boiled down to a certain nutrient-free and tasteless grey, but when launched from a fork handle bopped sharply with the heel of your hand, those peas stuck to the … Continue reading

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Try this:

For a little fun, harvest some leeks or scallions by cutting them off at the soil line, leaving roots in the ground. These are cold-hardy plants, so leave the roots to over-winter — but mulch deeply with leaves or straw to keep … Continue reading

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“I can explain this.”

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