Articles in Print

I am so grateful to be a writer. Below are some of my articles and covers published in regional and national magazines.

Some people think Birds and Blooms only uses readers for content. It’s not true. They do pay writers too.

I loved writing this regional report for Fine Gardening, and if they ever asked me again, I’d jump at the chance.

I’m a frequent contributor to Oklahoma Gardener, and this magazine reflects my interest in helping Oklahomans garden in this most difficult of climates. I with it had been around when I first started gardening. It would have helped.

I write for them in nearly every issue, and I appreciate how they let me explore new topics and ideas. The latest article was on Texture and Color in the Shade Garden.

They trust me enough to allow me to write everything from garden and plant profiles to main state features and nine state features. I enjoy writing for them.

These are just some of the articles. I’ve also been published in flower magazine and Organic Gardening. I’ll add more as I go along. Thanks for looking.





8 comments on “Articles in Print

  1. Brenda Jackson

    I recently purchased a cabin in southeast OK. I am having a tough time getting anything to grow well. So far Lantana has worked the best. We have watered enough, but things just seem to flounder. They stay alive, but they do not flourish. I want to turn my yard into a beautiful woodland garden. It is mostly shade. I am in the Ouachita National Forest. Do you have any suggestions for plants that will grow well? The soil is so rocky it is very difficult to work.

    1. Dee Nash

      Brenda, this question is worthy of an entire post. I know what the climate and soil is like where you live, and bless your heart, you don’t really have soil. That crushed granite rock is great for drainage, but it contains no organic matter. Bill built a road through the Ouachita Mountains, and the government wanted grass on either side. Without hauling in a ton of topsoil, that would never happen. He worked hard to convince them of this.

      So, first, I’m sorry it’s been so hard to grow things in your beautiful forest. My suggestion is to build raised beds by hauling in a good quality gardening soil that has both topsoil and organic matter in it along with some manure. Mound it up on your crushed rock, and you should be able to garden. Plants must have nutrients to survive, and rock is sorely lacking in these. Hope I helped. Good luck!

  2. Mary J. Reneau

    I’ve lived/gardened in Oklahoma for 25 years, and at 70, guess I haven’t learned much. Your gardens are beautiful and I’m wondering how the plants are making it through this horrible drought/heat. You must have a lovely watering system, which I can’t afford. I do water, but with an acre of things, it’s an ongoing ordeal of dragging those heavy hoses from place to place. Everything in our yard looks terrible, despite my best efforts. I’ve water/ mulched/done rain dances ….. all to no avail, and frankly, am very discouraged. I absolutely LOVE being outdoors and “piddling” in the yard, but for all the time I spend out there, our yard SHOULD look like a Botanical Garden, however, it looks anything but. How do you keep your plants looking so good in July/August heat and drought??? If there’s a secret, I’m either too s-l-o-w to pick it up or just plain stupid. HELP!

    1. Dee Nash

      Oh Mary, I hear the desperation in your voice, and my heart goes out to you. I’m starting to have some real damage in the garden in spite of my watering system. Before I installed a drip irrigation system a few years ago, I used soaker hoses, y-connectors and timers all over the yard. It worked pretty well, and I did that for about 20 years or so. Then, for my birthday one year, Bill helped me install our watering system.

      I now have two gardens still on soaker hoses because we added them later. We also extended the watering system ourselves this spring.

      Even with the system though, things are starting to get crunchy. I’m afraid the drought has again spread to Oklahoma. I’m so sorry. If I were you, I would place drip hoses where I wanted to save the most important plants. Let some plants go, and concentrate on those you most desperately want to save. I’m so sorry.

  3. Strapper

    Dee, stumbled upon your website today by chance on a google search of “log cabin gardens”. Spent several minutes perusing
    your blog – at the risk of getting fired at work. But when it comes to gardening I’ll stop at nothing.

    1. Dee Nash

      Thanks Strapper. I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog. Don’t get fired though. ;)

  4. Jeannie

    I’m really tickled to have stumbled across your blog this morning. I’ve recently settled in central Oklahoma and after planting my first dismal vegetable garden I’ve been doing extensive research on gardening here. You’ve provided a great amount of helpful information in your blog. I’ll be putting much of it to good use. Thanks!

    1. Dee Nash

      Jeannie, thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad I could help. Please keep me apprised on your garden efforts. It’s not easy growing things here.

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