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Looking into a green garden with Ciscoe Morris
Ciscoes been gardening since age 10.
I dont know how old he is now because he doesnt have a page on Wikipedia and sometimes its rude to ask that question but Im sure hes gathered quite a breadth of knowledge from then to now.
Talking to him, it seems hes learned from some of the best and gardened with the best. And he even noted some of the best gardeners in the world are living in Kitsap.
Hes full of things that people dont know.
Another thing that people dont know is that North America and South America and a few different islands are the only places that hummingbirds exist, he said, suddenly straying from talking about the different kind of plants that attract the birds. People dont realize that lavender attracts them like crazy.
He said hes got hummingbirds in his garden all year long. To keep them coming in the winter, youve got to put out plants that they like in the winter, he said.
Gardening is a very simple, cause and effect, trial and error process to hear him describe it.
And through decades of experience, including having a hand in running one of the worlds most prestigious gardens without poisons at Seattle University, Morris has picked up more than a few tricks on environmentally sensitive gardening.
Things like using a bit of vinegar to kill dandelions, a strong spray bottle of water to take care of some minor pest problems, and his favorite pest control technique El Kabotski.
You take the insect between your thumb and fore finger and you yell El Kabotski! as you squash it, he explained. Its very important that you yell El Kabotski! or you wont get the same effect.
What does it mean? He made it up.
Thats Gardening with Ciscoe for you. But for every zinger like that Morris has troves of knowledge.
Hes speaking at 3 p.m. at the 2008 Home and Garden Show at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road on Bainbridge.