Basics

Freezes happen

Freezes happen in spring so be prepared. You may remember I cautioned against getting too excited over spring's warm temperatures and gentle breezes. It's only March. We still have a month before Oklahoma's last average freeze date of April 20, and freezes happen.

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Ten tips to start gardening

It’s January. Time for the annual seed catalog roundup, but I don’t want to do one, so I’m not going to. I’m working on several new speaking engagements for spring and summer, and my head is full of other information. I’ve done seed catalogs before. From those posts, you can...

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Goodbye 2015, but before you go….

Two thousand fifteen, you were an exceptional year, and a lot happened around the Red Dirt ranch. It’s nearly time to move on to the babe of 2016, but first, let’s reflect over our journey together before you go. After the holidays, January felt like the cold, dark days of winter....

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Gardens take planning

The United States went off daylight saving time and back to standard time last weekend. That means the dark closes in more quickly in the evenings, and if you live in Oklahoma, you often wake up in darkness too. Not the best time for gardeners who crave the sun...

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An October state of mind

As I step outside my back door just after dawn, my Nikon hangs over my shoulder and across my hip. I balance a cup in my right hand and take a sip of PG Tips. It’s cool enough this morning for hot tea, but I can’t linger. The fountain on the back deck...

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Sow a cutting garden

I used to read about cutting gardens in magazines, and while I was attracted to the idea, I felt overwhelmed at implementing it. Creating a cutting garden seemed difficult and out of reach. Maybe I had too many responsibilities like college, marriage and raising children. I could only manage a small...

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Pollinator Buffet

When you plan your garden in early February, what do you consider most important? Do you want fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, or a mix of each? Do you think only of what you want, or do you also consider the pollinators that will, or won’t be stopping at your...

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