Only the strong survive

Survivors, the strong ones, the pioneers, the natives . . . am I speaking of people or plants? The same rules apply. You gotta be tough to make it out here. Perhaps, as the song says, “Only the good die young,” but I don’t think so. Instead, Billy Joel...


Pollinating summer squash

All looks well in my vegetable patch doesn’t it? Well, looks can be a bit deceiving. As you may know, I have very few bumblebees this year. All pollinators are down in spite of my efforts to spray nothing harmful and to grow all their favorite foods. Summer squash...


Dear Friends and Gardeners June 14, 2010

Dear Carol, Mary Ann and all of our gardening friends, A huge thunderstorm is roaring through much of Oklahoma this morning, and our weather station shows six inches of rain so far. I have the windows open because at 66F, it is wonderfully cool. As for the veggie garden,...


Dear Friends and Gardeners, June 7, 2010

Dear Carol, Mary Ann, and all of our other friends, Hi everyone! Sorry I was gone so long. I couldn’t tell you where I was because I left the older kids at home alone. I know, can you believe it? Diva is almost eighteen and ASW is fifteen and...

The vegetable patch at the beginning of July, 2012

Best and easiest vegetables to grow in Oklahoma

On my stats page, I’ve noticed I’m getting a lot of searches for which vegetables grow best in Oklahoma.  First let me say, growing anything in Oklahoma is a dare.  You never know if spring will suddenly end, and 108F weather will linger for days; or, whether a hail...


Dear Friends and Gardeners, April 12, 2010

Dear Carol, Mary Ann and all other gardening friends, I hope you had a good weather week. Other than the hail on April 6th, and the one cold, but not freezing night, I think we are “go” for spring. A couple of the tomatoes I planted too early have...