Passing On Deep Rooted Wisdom

Wisdom accumulates.  Self taught, old southern gardeners were my mentors who instilled fascination with the earth. They saw soil devistation and worked tirelessly to build the soil, forest and fields we have today. I’ll tell stories of those people while looking at the good work and the missteps the made. We’ll meet people who use…

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Farmer Explains Why He Changed to No-till Tractors

No-till agriculture helps stop our huge, hidden erosion issues.  There are all sorts of advantages (and a few disadvantages).  No-till is a serious change in our food production.   I often tell gardeners that even at home, we need to go no-till too.   Most of our garden design and installation is no-till. Our little organically managed…

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Fall Pictures From Beech Island

Gardening is thinking ahead a few minutes, a few months or a few generations.  There’s something about this little spot of red dirt, perched on the wooded hills above the river, with Augusta, Georgia, making noise and light in the distance, that helps people find peace and think in generations. Click here to see a…

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Breeders

I’m not a good breeder.  That requires a forsite and planning that my mind doesn’t do well.  So, my crinum selections are all happenstance and simply noticing something cool that’s happened in the field.   But I am a good gardener and part of being a good gardener is remember connections between plants and people. Sometimes…

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Farm to Table? No, just dirt to mouth….

I had a beer with a scientist this week.  She told me to buck up, get ready to face the future.  GMO’s are nothing compared with what’s happening in Universities now.  What’s coming down the pike, via the science of synthetic biology.  It’s all amazing, scary, promising, complex and it’s going to be in your…

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I Dug It. And I’d Do It Again….

When I was little, all the adults in my life had tiny folding camping shovels.   They kept them in the trunk, just in case they came across some cool plant on the side of the road.   My Mother still has a her little shovel in the trunk. Stopping to dig may not be cool anymore.  …

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Cut, Prune, Rejuvinate

                    You know, when you prune a fig, the cut smells just like figs.   I kept smelling it.  Wondered why I’d never noted that and wondered why it surprised me.  With my favorite hand saw, I got into cutting today.   Just the biggest or problem trunks on…

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Snails, Nails, Puppy Dog Tails And A Blue Princess Dress

We had a bunch of children over New Year’s Day.  These are outside loving young-uns.   Who ever says youth is all tied to technology today, hasn’t met these dirt lovers.   A second grade girl, one minute in a princes dress and the next minute tricking me into smell her hands — covered in putrid, rain…

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