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Teresa Watkins
Florida's News Network, heard on more than 30 stations in Florida
Saturdays 7a-9a

 Teresa Watkins, garden author, landscape designer, horticulturist, and consultant, designed the landscape for the first certified "green home" in Florida in 2001. Watkins hosts the weekly syndicated radio program "Better Lawns and Gardens" on 24 Florida radio stations, iHeart, iTunes, and Amazon.

In the last 20 years, over 37,000 homeowners have attended Teresa’s landscaping talks and programs. Her garden talks range from the ABC’s of landscaping to theme landscapes of fairy gardens to xeriscaping.

Ms. Watkins’s humor grabs her audience’s attention with easily understood landscaping principles. She instills an appreciation for the environment — with her “gardening with soul” philosophy — while encouraging everyone that they can have a beautiful yet sustainable, low-maintenance yard.


Robert Vincent Sims
Listen Saturday mornings, 6A - 7A on 96.5 in Orlando

  The Garden Rebel has been on radio in Orlando for more than 34 years. As a kid he sold plants on a street corner and people felt sorry for him thinking his parents made him do it. Little did they know that the kid out by the elementary school would turn out to be one of Florida's best landscape designers and radio / television gardening personalities.

  As he grew older his nursery prospered and people came from all over the world to buy exotic plants that he had collected from Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. As a child Vince gave lectures to all the different plant societies in South Florida. He spoke at internationally famous Fairchild Tropical Gardens on a regular basis and hundreds came to hear "the kid" spout wisdom. He told them how he grew his plants with beer, soap, ammonia, and fish emulsion. He told his audiences, "All I know is that the worse my concoctions smell the better the plants grow!"

  Robert Vincent Sims' mission is to help others and he does it with a sincerity that the audience instantly picks up on. His success is as rare as some of the exotic specimens in his private collection. He believes in solving problems with the safest, most efficient means possible.


  The WPTF Weekend Gardener is an award-winning radio talk show that has been on the air for over 30 years.  Mike Raley, who was a senior at N.C. State when he got his first gig at WPTF, celebrated his 40th anniversary with the station in April and is its longest-running announcer.


  Gardening Tips from the WPTF Weekend Gardener
             By Mike Raley    

I am fortunate to be only the second host of a 75 year old legendary radio gardening show on WPTF Radio in Raleigh.  I learned a lot working with John H. Harris who was the host of the Tar Heel Gardener for 40 years. We changed the name in 1985 to the Weekend Gardener when John retired. Today the Weekend Gardener is a 3 hour show heard every Saturday morning from 8:00-11:00.  Questions from our callers range from bugs to begonias and lawns to lettuce.  Many of the answers to their questions encourage gardening with Black Kow.  Black Kow is one of our longtime sponsors and I would find it difficult to garden without this “perfect compost!”  
In the fall, gardeners need Black Kow to provide fescue lawns with some tender loving care after our hot summers.  It’s the time to aerate and fertilize and top dress cool season turf with Black Kow which is low in nitrogen and will help the roots thrive without burning the foliage.  Newly sown grass seed will be happier too. Black Kow is a great supplement to fertilizers with higher nitrogen levels. Distribute a good blend of quality grass seed at 3 pounds per thousand square feet for overseeding and 6 pounds for a new lawn. If you decide to distribute a pre-emergent herbicide, you shouldn't plant grass seed. Just like the weed seed you're trying to prevent from germinating, your grass seed won't sprout either.

Getting a soil test through your county cooperative extension service is a good idea in the fall or any time of year.  Dig down several inches and mix the soil. Take it to the extension service.  The results will tell you what kind of nutrients your landscape is missing.  Using good quality compost material like Black Kow along with some lime may help solve your soil deficiencies. 

As the weather cools, it is a great time to plant shrubs and trees, spring flowering bulbs, perennials, pansies and other fall annuals. The root systems will benefit from the cooler temperatures and having Black Kow incorporated into the soil to aid proper growth. 

Shrubs don’t necessarily like to be pruned in the fall.  Pruning promotes growth and may cut off next year's blooms in plants like azaleas and camellias. Wait until Spring-flowering shrubs bloom before you prune them.  Tender new foliage can be susceptible to cold damage when temperatures drop.  So wait till spring or summer to prune most shrubs. Your county extension service master gardeners can help you with pruning guidelines.  Trees can be pruned when they are dormant in the winter.

If you want to try your hand at vegetable gardening, check with your county extension service information about the vegetables you love.  Find out the best growing conditions for vegetables in your area.  I've always found that the nutrients in Black Kow work well when growing your food supply too.

Finally for the fall,  clean up your landscape and winterize your mower and other tools. 

No matter what kind of gardening you're interested in, work the soil, get your hands dirty, enjoy your landscape and use Black Kow.  Your plants will appreciate it!


  Howard Garrett has extensive experience in landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Howard has devoted his life to establishing a leadership role in the natural organic marketplace. He provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control and natural living.ationally syndicated Organic Gardening & Living radio talk show host - Salem Radio Network.

  • NASLA Member American Society of Landscape Architects​ 
  • Arborist - Member of International Society of Arboriculture ISA
  • Columnist for the Dallas Morning News - Organic Answers
  • Author of 15 books 
  • Chairman of Texas Organic Research Center (TORC) a 501(c)3 corporation
  • Past Member of the Organic Advisory Board Texas Department of Agriculture