Paul has posted a number of YouTube videos on gardening tips for his followers, who he calls the
Green Thumb Gang. Paul says home gardens can improve family nutrition.
Rare Seeds and are organic.”
He often plays music in the garden for the plants. And Paul once made rap videos
with his twin brothers, Myron and Byron, and some friends. Anyone who has
watched his gardening videos will remember his catchy greeting: “Do what you
love and love what you do. It’s Gardening with Goo. If you’re gardening with me,
then I’m gardening with you.”
Paul initially started with a garden in the ground. There was some problem
with shade and it didn’t do as well. Then he built the first raised bed, which is
the subject of one of his videos. In it he walks novices through the steps on how
beds that are chock full of foods he
brings to his table: collard greens, Swiss
chard, kale, lettuce, bell peppers both
red and green, cayenne peppers, lavender,
lemongrass, scallions and chives.
An empty bed was once filled with
okra plants, he says, but the season
ended and he is thinking of what
to plant there now, adding that the
banana trees he rescued from a neighbor’s
trash pile have sprouted up and
are throwing a lot of shade on that section
of the raised garden.
“I am looking for something that
doesn’t need a lot of sun,” he says.
He also grows a multitude of spices,
including rosemary, thyme, and basil,
along with spicy cilantro. He harvests
his lavender, drying the blooms in
“They are great to put in the dresser
drawers,” he says. “They make your
clothes smell nice.”
Paul orders his seeds mostly on line
from rareseeds.com and has a notebook
where he keeps the seed packets in
plastic pocketed pages, much like one
used to display photos.
“Sometimes I will pick up a packet of
seeds when I am at Home Depot,” Paul
says. “But, mostly my seeds come from >>
Paul, a father of seven, built this raised bed setup in the backyard of the downtown Fort Pierce home where he was raised.