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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.

Free compost

Autumn leaves are like a big load of free organic fertilizer. I hire a fellow to chop up and bag our leaves each fall, dump them in the garden, and I spread them out like a winter coat . Underneath, … Continue reading

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Fresh leeks

I love the taste of freshly-harvested leeks; royalty of the onion family. The white and light green parts are tastiest, so bury young plants deep and mulch high with leaves or such to blanch the stems. These are headed to … Continue reading

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The Sunday garden

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Autumn sprouts

Brussels sprouts are healthy and easy to grow. I snip off the growing tip of leaves in fall to put plant energy into the sprouts — which are delicious; the naysayers notwithstanding (roast them.)  Sprouts help prevent cancer with antioxidants … Continue reading

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A helping leaf

Romaine lettuce growing up in the shade of a broccoli plant to shade it and help keep it from bolting. (About 80 broccoli plants, actually.)

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Unintended consequences

Just a thought: I sprayed “Deep Woods Off” on my feet while sitting next the little garden pond, and it killed two frogs. Where I spray it on my feet it also kills grass. WTF, over.

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bamboo pea trellis

It’s like an old glass milk bottle, because it looks good and it works. These are bush peas, English garden peas. I used to grow only Sugar Snap Peas for the farmers’ markets, and while they sell like hot cakes … Continue reading

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Heirloom apples

My new Cox Orange Pippin heirloom apple tree *finally* broke dormancy! They do that. It’s one of the finest desert apples in the world, but it makes you wait. Isn’t pretty enough, or large enough for the stores, but it … Continue reading

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a little whine

WELL DAMN! I have no photos of babies, cats, dumb animal tricks, or news of Trumpy, My “caps lock” button sticks from coffee drips, or wine, or maybe Stella, and the low temps for every night this month will be … Continue reading

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Leeks

Only a mad gardener such as I would be inspired by this photo. But you WAIT! Just you wait. ;]

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