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June 29, 2019

Annual Convention for Organic Gardens

July 4, 5, 6 1968 saw Ruth and myself in St. Louis attending the AHS 22nd annual convention. Thursday morning, when we were having breakfast in the hotel, Bertie Ferris (Texas) asked me to help with the exhibition judges school later that day. From that time on at every convention I attended, Bertie would look […]

June 25, 2019

Organic Water and Soil Testing

In ’84 when Ruth and I were flying toward Orlando from the ocean, I observed hundreds of dead orange trees. This reminded me the results of the past severe winter of ’83-84 when I lost some of my Florida and Louisiana cultivars. One cultivar that did survived was LITTLE NICKY (Durio ’78), which is perhaps […]

June 21, 2019

Growing Organic Herbs from Seeds

Some of you are under the impression that I have a great memory, well I don’t. It was mid-winter about 20 or 25 years ago, when I was bored of reading books and watching TV, so I decided to list all the organic herbs that I had grown. So I went thru the brown check […]

June 15, 2019

My Adventures With Organic Daylilies

I was asked by many to continue my adventures with daylilies during the past 50 years. I see that I left off the convention that I will write about today, that is Chicago in 1961. At the time, I was really looking forward to this one since we would be visiting the gardens of David […]

June 12, 2019

Organic Summer Garden Tips

As the weather gets warmer, a lot of us will be hoping to spend longer time in our garden; preferably with a bit of sun. Preparing your garden for the summer takes a variety of forms, from planting borders, painting furniture, and for the more adventurous, investing in some tree house furniture. You Don’t Want […]

June 11, 2019

Fifty Years of Growing Daylilies

Yes, it was the spring of 1954 that I planted my first daylily. I had lots of Iris and Daffodils and mums, but no daylilies. I believe that the first ones planted that spring and in ’55 were: BOUNTIFUL (Cook ‘ 43), CABALLERO (Stout ’41), CIBOLA (Hill ’50), GEORGIA (Stout ‘ 46), GLOWING GOLD (Nesmith […]

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