Garden How-To :: Episode 13: The Wonder of Watermelons

In this episode, Kathy Cropp talks with Don Dobbs, who has been the general manager of Willhite Seed for 50 years. Don shares new developments in seed varieties—especially in watermelons, which have long been a Willhite specialty—and he offers advice on growing watermelons at home.


Willhite Seed, Inc. is a mail-order seed company based in Texas, with a 93-year history of producing and providing quality seeds. They offer a wide range of open-pollinated and hybrid vegetable, flower and herb seeds, and they’ve posted plenty of information on their website to help home gardeners. Visit Willhite Seed at


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About Kathy Ballard Cropp

Kathy is a gardener of two generations: her grandfather-who gardened out of necessity and her father, who gardened purely from the love of it. She started out with indoor plants when they lived in Chicago and Atlanta, she and her father then begin teaching her children about growing vegetables, roses and anything else green since they moved to Virginia in 1987. She took the Master Gardener training class in September 2006, is a member of the Danville Master Gardener Association and in 2010 achieved her 1,000 hour award. She is also a member of the Garden Writers Association, Virginia Master Gardener Association and the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens. She has been the executive producer and co-host of a local master gardener radio show called "Here’s the Dirt" that was on WBTM AM in Danville, VA for almost four years. Kathy has spoken locally, state-wide and nationally, through her local cooperative extension, the VA Master Gardener College, and the Garden Writers Symposium in Dallas, Texas. She will be a presenter at the International Master Gardener College which is being held in Charleston, WVA in October, 2011. She has been asked by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company to be part of a national group of garden radio hosts who are spending time working with the company on a national education outreach program through radio. This year she and her 3 adult children have started a company called Gardeners Four Generations and will be producing podcasts for Horticulture magazine’s, Horticulture Radio. They will also be using other forms of social media to draw other gardeners for more research-based gardening information.

2 thoughts on “Garden How-To :: Episode 13: The Wonder of Watermelons

  1. Jenny you are right when you say that Don is a man to learn from. You could probably spend hours or days talking gardening and just scratch the surface. I am glad to hear that you gained something from Don and I’s time together.

  2. Listening to someone like Don with Willhite Seed who is so passionate and knowledgeable about gardening is always enjoyable. I get to learn so much and I am inspired and motivated to be a better gardener.. and may need more land!

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