Having the right tools for any job is essential. A carpenter won’t get far without a tape measure or hammer. A mechanic is always in need of a wrench and a plumber requires a supply of PVC pipe.
There’s nothing better in the summer and fall than to walk out to your garden and harvest some ripe vegetables. But before that happens, gardeners must know healthy soil is important for a productive garden.
Oklahoma gardeners who are looking for a great shade-loving addition to their garden should look no further. One of the most popular shade perennials is the hosta. With new varieties being introduced every year, you can easily become addicted to this easy to grow foliage plant.
There are a number of questions in life answered with a simple yes or no. However, gardeners have learned some aspects of gardening are not that easy. As the plants in our gardens begin to die back in the fall, we are left with the question of whether or not we should cut back the foliage. Fortunately, there really is no wrong answer because there are good reasons to leave the foliage in place, as well as good reasons to cut it back.
Brisk. I suppose that is one way to describe Oklahoma’s weather of late. Most of you have probably pulled out the winter coat and may even be throwing a couple of extra logs on the fire. So while you’re doing things to keep yourself warm, remember to protect your shallow-rooted plants as well.
Every autumn we are blessed with a wonderful free resource for our gardens. The leaves falling on our lawns are often looked upon as a problem, but they are really quite valuable in terms of the nutrients they store within their tissues. You wouldn’t throw a full bottle of fertilizer in the garbage can, so why send your leaves off to the landfill?
If you have no space outdoors for a garden, don’t despair because you can still grow something consumable. Bean sprouts are the easiest and fastest crop to grow. As an added bonus, they can be grown right in your kitchen with very little space – all you need room for is a jar. Because they’re so easy to grow, it’s a great project in which to involve children in the household.
Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean learning has to take a vacation. Take advantage of this time to help your children develop new skills in the garden.
The first garden I ever planted was a cactus garden. It lived in a shallow, stoneware container I purchased during our family vacation to New Mexico. I wanted to recreate the landscape that so captured my imagination – the fiery colors and bold forms. Little did I know this venture into miniature gardening was something of a career calling.
The dog days of summer are setting in parts of Oklahoma are seeing triple digits. We’ve had fairly mild temperatures up to this point in the summer, and hopefully you’ve been reaping the benefits of the garden you planted in the spring. As this part of the growing season begins to wind down and you’ve harvested the bulk of those spring vegetables, many gardeners are finding a little bit of empty space in the garden - space that is perfect for establishing fall vegetables.
There are a variety of reasons gardeners apply mulch. One of the main reasons is aesthetics – a mulched garden looks tidier and more attractive.
Now that Oklahoma is experiencing winter weather, gardening activities have been slowing down just a bit. It’s a great time to take care of tools and equipment so everything is ready for use next growing season. As with any job, having your garden tools in good working order makes the job much easier.