I’m Dee Nash, a native Oklahoman, and I’ve gardened here since my teens. I know from personal experience how challenging our prairie climate can be.
But my blog isn’t just for Oklahomans. Gardening can be challenging in other climates too. So, I share how to garden wherever you grow.
Enjoy the garden you’ve always wanted!
The year of the salvia
In my garden, this is the year of…
The Simpson wildfire
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On the lookout for Texas wildflowers
Bill and I went on a little trip…
Container gardening tutorial
This week I’ve had a lot of questions…
Seed Starting Station
Starting Seeds is easy with a seed-starting station. Seed-starting station Bill and I built for an article for Fiskars. I still use it even though I have a greenhouse. First, obtain the following items: A metal closet rack with one-inch adjustable shelves. Mine was five feet tall, but you can definitely go shorter. Four casters for mobility to catch the sunlight anywhere in your house. Four-foot light fixtures and full spectrum LED bulbs. My bulbs aren't LED because my seed-starting station is older, but I may replace them this year. Lighting fixtures should be grounded, attached to the metal frame, and plugged into a grounded fixture in the wall to prevent shock. Water and electricity could shock you senseless. Four heat mats. Again, plug these into a grounded fixture. Recycled seed trays or new ones. You can also use seed starting blockers to eliminate the need for seed trays. Seeds....Read More
New year, new garden plans
It's a new year, which means I'm thinking about new garden plans. I also ordered new flower seeds. I thought sharing my new garden plans, and seed orders might be helpful. It's also a good record for me, which is how this blog started out 16 years ago. Can you believe I've been writing this blog for 16 years? I can't. Not really. A quickly drawn garden plan Cutting garden plan for 2023. I drew up a quick plan for the cut flower gardens because instead of my normal "sow and go" method, I'm starting quite a few seeds indoors this year, including my zinnias. In the last couple of springs, we've had a lot of rain in a very short time, and I live on a hill. I found that my zinnias were washed out of the cut-flower, raised garden beds and ended up drowned at the bottom of...Read More
Seed catalogs arrive daily
Starting in December, seed catalogs begin to arrive. By January, they arrive daily. Even though many companies have gone completely online, others like John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds send paper seed catalogs. I'm so glad they do. Seed catalogs from 2013. Seed catalogs 2014 Seed catalogs are crack for the winter weary gardener. Three views of the Chiltern Seeds catalogs. Unfortunately, I don't think they ship outside of Great Britain anymore. Like additional Christmas presents during the bleakest part of the year, seed catalogs start showing up about a week before the big holiday, and then for weeks afterward. By the end of January, I usually have a large stack of seed catalogs waiting for me beside my favorite chair. Seeds for vegetable gardening and beautiful flowers entice me, but I make myself lay the catalogs aside until I can really look and choose what I want to grow. Tomato...Read More
Leaves, beautiful shredded leaves
I should carry around a sign stating “Will Work for Compost” for I do every autumn. Other than my labor, my compost is free because it's from beautiful shredded leaves. It's time to deal with my leaves that fall like snow twice a year. Fall leaves fall everywhere. Leaves fall like snow in my garden. In fact, they start to fall just about the time we’re ready to plant cabbages, pansies, and bulbs. Various oaks, which make up most of the native, deciduous trees in my central Oklahoma landscape, have the toughest, most fibrous leaves I know of, but if you rake and shred them, they can become a gardener’s best friend. We shred some of our oak leaves when they fall in the spring and autumn and keep them in piles for me to use throughout the year. In my state, Interstate 35 is the demarcation line between the...Read More