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It’s a great time to catch up on things at home and enjoy working in our yards. Fresh air, sunshine, and exercise are all free and can do wonders to make us feel better. Luckily, pulling weeds is great therapy. You can take out your frustrations on them all you want and feel rewarded by having a beautiful landscape when you are done.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, & have a great week! Pat
Social distancing is working well for me because I have gotten lots of weeds pulled on the few days it wasn’t raining or storming, at least. The main problem is that everyone is ready to plant, and we can’t spend hours at local nurseries shopping for new plants right now. I actually dug up some Garden Phlox yesterday that needed to be thinned anyway and put them in containers on the patio since I couldn’t shop for annuals. I have seen that some nurseries and garden centers will take your order and deliver to your car. You can also shop for seeds and plants online; although, it is not as much fun as touching and smelling them in person. One thing is for certain, gardeners are creative, and they will find a way to garden no matter what weather or crazy evil viruses come along. Happy Gardening, Stay Safe, and Stay Healthy!!!
Since most of us are staying home and practicing social distancing now, it really is a good time to catch up on garden reading, watching gardening programs, and working in our own yards. The sun is out in southern Oklahoma, and it isn’t raining, finally, so it really is the perfect time to work outside. The fresh air, sun, and exercise really are therapeutic and really do make us feel better, as long as we pace ourselves after being inside all winter.
I am going to leave all the lovely henbit and dandelions in my 2-acre lawn for the pollinators. They are actually quite attractive and will die out when it gets warmer – then I will have lovely summer weeds! I am going to start trying to get rid of most of the weeds in my beds and borders; however, because I don’t want them to go to seed and because they are getting so big they are crowding the Larkspur and Poppies that are coming up now. I think I may have to cut them this year since they are so lush and healthy from all the rain; hopefully, that will also keep more weed seeds from being exposed as they are when weeds are pulled.
This social distancing thing is fine with me since I’m an introvert at heart and am happy working in my yard or reading. Happy Gardening, Stay Home, and Stay Healthy!!! Pat
Now that we can’t go anywhere, it would be the perfect time to work in the yard. There is that little problem of the soil being so wet you can’t even walk outside, and storms are predicted for the rest of the week. I have the biggest, loveliest weeds I have ever had this time of year. The purple Henbit looks great with the yellow Dandelions. At least there is plenty of early nectar for insects and butterflies, and I have seen lots of native bees enjoying them when the rain stops long enough for them to get out. For me, I’m not going anywhere, and the weeds will still be there. I’m just enjoying sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea and catching up on gardening reading and lots of mysteries I haven’t had time to read on my Kindle. Please stay safe and healthy! Pat
If you are in the Southern Oklahoma area or know of anyone who might be interested, Betty Sue Tow and I are teaching Home Gardening & Landscaping at Southern Tech on Mondays from 6-8, March 23rd thru May 11th for the Spring semester which is enrolling now. We try to make our classes fun and informative and will help you learn what, when, where, and how to plant in Southern Oklahoma, and how to work with what you have to make a lovely yard that is beautiful and environmentally friendly. Classes will include Xeriscape Gardening, Native Plants, Vegetable Gardening, Oklahoma Proven Plants, Lasagna Gardening, Crepe Myrtle planting & care, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Pass Along Plants, Cottage Gardening (New American Gardening), Soil Testing & Preparation, Plant Propagation, Landscaping, and lots more. Hope to see you in class and Happy Gardening!
If you are in the Southern Oklahoma area or know of anyone who might be interested, Betty Sue Tow and I are teaching Home Gardening & Landscaping at Southern Tech on Mondays from 6-8, March 23rd thru May 11th for the Spring semester which is enrolling now. Call 580-223-2070 for information or stop by to enroll soon – class size is limited. We try to make our classes fun and informative and will help you learn what, when, where, and how to plant in Southern Oklahoma, and how to work with what you have to make a lovely yard that is beautiful and environmentally friendly. Classes will include Xeriscape Gardening, Native Plants, Vegetable Gardening, Oklahoma Proven Plants, Lasagna Gardening, Crepe Myrtle planting & care, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Pass Along Plants, Cottage Gardening (New American Gardening), Soil Testing & Preparation, Plant Propagation, Landscaping, and lots more. Hope to see you in class and Happy Gardening!
It’s been another typical winter week in Southern Oklahoma – temperatures in the seventies for several days this week after lots of rain and then in the thirties with more rain. We never know what to expect weather wise in Oklahoma, and there is no normal. At least we have gotten plenty of rain this winter, and that will really make sure the plants are ready for spring and summer, no matter what they may bring. The most plants that were lost was several years ago when we had a really long, cold, dry winter. At least we haven’t had a tornado this February like the one not long ago that destroyed so much in Lone Grove and Springier areas near Ardmore. Have a great week, and Happy Gardening!!! Pat
January 23, 2020
JANUARY 17, 2020
It’s great weather to check out the new gardening catalogs that are arriving in the mail. Most seed/plant catalogs are also online. The main thing I would recommend is to look for plants that have been grown in our same zone 7 or hotter – not colder – areas. Plants, especially, grown in northern areas just cannot survive our Oklahoma heat, wind, and constantly changing weather. I have; however, had good luck with plants grown in Florida, Texas, etc. They still need to be recommended for zone 7, and I have quite a few zone 8 plants that do well in southern Oklahoma – unless we have one of those days when it goes from 78 degrees in the morning to 28 with freezing rain and ice that afternoon (that has happened), and they haven’t had a chance to go dormant first. Sometimes it’s worth the risk, though!
Have a great week and Happy Gardening!!! Pat
January 07, 2020
Happy New Year!!! Pat
I have absolutely loved the rains this past week in Southern Oklahoma! It went from 112 degree heat index one day to 79 degrees the next. I’m afraid the only problem is that when the temperatures go back up, probably in only a few days, it will feel even hotter. Oh well, every little bit of rain and cooler temperatures help us and the plants. You gotta love Oklahoma weather!!!
If you are near Ardmore and are interested in taking a Master Gardener class, there will be one beginning September 5th through December 19th on Thursdays from 6-9 at the beautiful OSU-IAB building east of Ardmore. You can call the OSU Extension Office to enroll at 580-223-6570. Have a great week and Happy Gardening! Pat
My excuse for not pulling weeds all summer was that it was just too hot. Now, it is just too cold, rainy, and windy.
The article I attached on CMBS – Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale – is relevant now because I have seen quite a lot of it on Crepe Myrtles this summer and fall. The good news is, it won’t kill your Crepe Myrtles and it doesn’t affect other plants in your landscape. The bad news is, it will look really ugly and get worse and spread to other Crepe Myrtles if not controlled. The tiny little insects that cause CMBS can be easily spread by wind, and we all know we have plenty of that. The best thing to do is catch the next warm, sunny day (for your sake), get a bucket with Dawn added to it and a scrub brush, and remove as much scale and sooty mold as possible. Treat with Dormant Oil Spray at the recommended winter rate as soon as the leaves fall from your Crepe Myrtles. Make sure you get good coverage, and treat every other month until leaves appear next spring.
It seems the rains have finally come to an end, and very hot temperatures are predicted for the coming weeks. It’s time to just leave the hoses out, because they will need to be used often.
I have quite a few flowers blooming right now, and the cooler weather this week is certainly making it easier to do needed maintenance in the garden. The main things that need to be done are weeding (always), deadheading, and watering. The Garden Phlox are starting to have less blooms, so I am cutting them back and they will put out new growth and blooms. This is the first year that I’ve had quite a bit of powdery mildew on the leaves because it has been so wet. It will not harm the plants – just looks a little bad. Keep everything deadheaded if you want annuals and perennials to keep blooming until frost. I see new seedlings of zinnias and cleome coming up to take the place of older plants that can be removed when they look really sad from the long Oklahoma summer. Most plants can just be cut back by about 1/3 and given a good watering and shot of fertilizer in the form of fish emulsion, seed weed extract, or compost tea in order to revive them and keep them blooming until frost. Happy Summer Gardening!!! Pat
Lucky you if you were under the right cloud at the right time and have gotten some showers recently. There was a really nice rain yesterday 4 miles from me; however, I didn’t get any! Guess I’ll be dragging hoses today – that’s my least favorite thing to do in August for sure! Happy Gardening and Stay Cool!!! Pat