Coastal and Tropical South

December, 2011
Regional Report


The Heirloom Life Gardener
Jere and Emilee Gettle of The Baker Creek Seed Company have written a new book that puts the feather in the cap of the heirloom, locavore movement in gardening and eating. Its subtitle states that the book is the Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily and naturally and these folks can show you the way. Jere began selling his family's heirloom seeds with a handwritten price list when he was 17 and married lifelong gardener, Emilee, to make the perfect match. Their passion for what they do is obvious in the two million seed packets they sell annually and in this amazingly good book, The Heirloom Life Gardener from Hyperion, released in October 2011.

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WormWise Vermicompost
Earthworm castings have long been collected by farmers and gardeners and their benefits to soil and plants are well-documented. Church Hill Worm Farm in Mississippi is a small business with big impact on gardeners across the South. The castings improve both the soil and the plant's ability to use the nutrients in it. They offer a dry product and a liquid tea made from all natural ingredients and have applied for OMRI certification. The products are available in some garden centers and online at their website,

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