Howard Garrett

Dirt Doctor

Texas Organic Research Center


Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by This Speaker: The Organic Manual

Howard will be speaking at the Kansas, Texas, Maryland Fairs


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Tree Planting, Natural Organic Tree Management, and Fabulous Trees of the World

Howard Garrett reviews tree selection considerations, including natives vs. imported, single vs. multitrunked, and also container trees vs. ball and burlapped and barerooted trees. Garrett also discusses natural-organic planting techniques in detail and why they work better, why dramatically exposed root flares are important, and how to expose them properly so trees can resist insect pests and diseases. Garrett reviews pest control techniques. The pruning information he provides covers the proper techniques and why lifting, gutting, and flush cutting should be avoided. Garrett also looks at some of the most incredible trees in the world.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage
Texas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage
Maryland, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage

Natural Organic Pest Control

The most effective pest control just happens to be organic. Howard Garrett discusses how to protect and work with beneficial insects, as well as what natural, organic pest control products to use in certain situations.
Organic Gardening Keynote

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Texas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Maryland, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage