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
Some of you may not know that my…
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…
Beans and greens
While I'm out planting the bulbs this Sunday afternoon, I'll also be thinking about beans and greens and whether I want to start any beans on top of the stove or in the crockpot. I'm trying to insert more beans and greens into my diet, and it's becoming fairly easy. This is to help reduce my cholesterol and lose some weight. Greens in the coldframe from 2015. I don't grow that many greens anymore because I get so many in my CSA. CSA bags almost always have greens in winter. Because I belong to a CSA--Community Supported Agriculture--I get a lot of greens in my weekly bag. Although I like greens, they aren't my favorite thing to eat. Pizza is actually my favorite thing ever, but my 60-year-old body needs fewer carbs. If you're trying to eat fewer carbs or less meat, beans and greens are the way to go....Read More
Planting the bulbs
This week I'm planting the bulbs in two garden spots. In keeping with ten ways to enjoy your garden more, I'm planting the bulbs where I can see them from the front door and in the garden border outside the kitchen where I write and record the Gardenangelists podcast with Carol Michel. I did an Instagram video about the one spot today explaining how I plant. I have so many bulbs to plant. In fact, I found two more boxes in my garage. Too many bulbs as usual. I have boxes and boxes of bulbs to plant. To make it easier, I'll use a l ong bulb auger for my 20v DeWalt cordless drill for planting among the trees where I've never planted before. That's where I'm placing some of the new daffodils. In November, the kitchen border is full of spent perennials. I'll need to cut some of these...Read More
It’s time to plan for next year’s garden
Yes, I know we're all exhausted from the summer from hell in Oklahoma and Texas--or is that just me? But it's time to start planning for next year's dream garden. Trust me, it's time, and who knows? Maybe next summer will be more seasonal. It was the summer before. Look how green my grass was in July 2021 when we had our open garden. Little Cedar Garden in July 2021. It's time to plant fall bulbs or order them if you haven't already. My fall bulbs are always part of planning for next year's garden, and are now arriving daily. Why, oh why, did I order so many, and why did I think I could grow camassias? I don't live in the Pacific Northwest. How I planted the bulbs in the sidewalk border last fall. I'll probably do the same this year with any tulips I get. Around Thanksgiving, I'll...Read More
Fall vibes is a hashtag used all over the internet. Cozy vibes is its pumpkin-scented counterpart. I don't know why, but both of them make me laugh. Consider this my fall vibes garden edition, kinda like the various editions of Monopoly, my favorite being the discontinued garden one. This photo makes me laugh too, because I had those lavenders trimmed to the same height. One grew a lot bigger than the other. I have no idea why. They are the same variety, 'Phenomenal.' Tired after a long, hot summer? Me too. Last week, I gave a talk to the Logan County Master Gardeners, and while we set up the projector, I asked them how their summer gardens went. After a pause, we all just laughed. Summer was pretty brutal this year. We're all so sick of it that even when temperatures rose to 85° in central Oklahoma this week after...Read More