Wrens gardener shares the secrets behind his green thumb

Friday, June 7, 2019

News 12 This Morning

WRENS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- You may remember the picture of Wayne Davis holding a massive cabbage. He sells fresh produce on Highway 17 in Wrens.

But we just had to know, what's the magic behind his gardening?

When you're in these parts, you're in God's country. Right off Highway 17 in Wrens, you'll find Wayne Davis' personal slice of God's country.

"It's kind of like everybody in the area knows about it," explained Davis.

People around Wrens know a lot about it.

"We grow onions. We grow tomatoes. Squash zucchini, sweet corn, watermelons, sweet potatoes, and cabbage," said Davis.

Rows upon rows, plant after plant, Wayne's garden is flourishing.

"Love it. Love it. I always loved to do the gardening," said Davis.

It was Wayne's uncle who can take credit for his love of gardening.

"He told me you need to grow stuff off the land for the people to eat, and if you're gonna try to grow something, try to grow it good," said Davis.

It didn't take long for Davis & Son's to be born.

"We've got grandchildren out now that's doing some work," said Davis.

Whatever Wayne is doing, he knows how to do it right. In fact, it was a picture of him holding a massive cabbage that got our attention.

"Everybody wants to know, well what'd you do to them?" asked Davis, "I think the variety of cabbages I grow has a whole lot to do with it -- that typically is a good size cabbage."

His secret though is simple.

"It's like these tomatoes, you need to go out and talk to them," described Davis, "People think I'm crazy, but I mean, you go out and talk to them and put your hands on them and tie them up, that's really and truly what makes a lot of stuff grow and flourish."

Wayne's produce is used at Peggy's restaurant and Lil' Jakes in Wrens.