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    Posted April 26, 2012 by
    Dirtfeetpete
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    largo, Florida
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    From garden to table

    Amazed by growing food

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Dirtfeetpete says he started planting his own food about two years ago and has been doing it nonstop ever since. 'I am inspired by seeing the fruits of my labor. Something about seeing a fruit or vegetable grow is like watching a shooting star to me!' He is especially excited for his ghost chiles.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I had always been amazed at seeing food grow. Something about seeing a mango hanging off a tree or a pepper on a plant was like finding gold on the ground to me. I initially began growing hot pepper plants, and after having success with those moved onto other veggies and fruits and herbs. Now my back and front yards are filled with fruit trees, vegetables, and herb plants, much like a modern day Willy Wonka garden. I save seeds from everything I can and love to incorporate all my garden treasures into my cooking. Its healthier and safer and cheaper than store bought items. I would love to teach people that you can grow a wide variety of things pretty much anywhere, just as I have done in our suburb. All growing methods are completely organic and I rely on companion planting and safe natural oils for pest prevention. I am 24 years old and will be doing this for the rest of my life.
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