Wild About Tulsa is selling its Golden Driller wildflower seed mix for Valentine’s Day. This is a limited-edition seed mix custom made for Tulsa, and all of the proceeds go toward beautifying Tulsa.
Eating local is a great resolution, and doing so from your own garden can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Once borers are in a tree, nothing can be done to get rid of them, so the most one can do is work to prevent new infestations.
Plants are hyper-sensitive to their surroundings, specifically with regard to four environmental factors that affect their growth and performance: light, temperature, water and nutrients. Memorize them — tattoo them on your hand if need be. But carefully consider each factor when planting a garden.
Rotation of commercial crops by farmers has been shown to strikingly increase yield. Potatoes, for example, will produce 50 percent more crops with yearly rotation. This also applies especially to beans and tomatoes, as well as other crops.
Due to temperature extremes, the scarcity of most insects and the loss of leaves that provide cover and shelter, it falls to the kindness of human strangers to make surviving the winter a little easier.
Also, fireplace ash is not recommended as an additive to vegetable garden soil.
There's such a thing as growing old gracefully, and people have a solid model — in oak and pecan trees.2 Comments
Terrariums are relatively easy to make, and they are a perfect distraction this time of year for frustrated gardeners. All you need is the right container, the proper potting medium, plants, water and a sunny window.
Several problems could cause the deterioration of newly potted plants that are moved indoors when the weather gets cold.
There's such a thing as growing old gracefully, and people have a solid model — in oak and pecan trees.1 Comments
To help people pick out a fresh and good quality tree, OSU has recently published a list of recommendations to consider in the selection process.
Pruning should also be kept to a minimum when you are prepping your landscape for winter.
Selecting the family Christmas tree is a fun tradition. And the best of that tradition, it seems to me, is to select a living tree, one with roots still attached and plantable in the garden after the holidays.
There are several benefits and approaches to growing your own chickens, but first you must be familiar with city regulations.
Desert willow, fringe tree and service berry are recommended.1 Comments
Spiders are a great friend to gardeners, but it's hard to remember that when you plant your face in a huge arachnid's web.3 Comments
If your garden focus is veggies, an amazing source of information is the All-America Selections website. Started in 1932, AAS has been evaluating new varieties of vegetable and flower seeds for the home gardener.1 Comments
Here’s a short list of my favorite fall berry producers.1 Comments
If you want a tree with exceptional color, go to the nurseries in the fall after the leaves have turned and select one with the best color.
Q: I want to incorporate some peonies into my landscape. When is the best time to plant?, Kelly, Tulsa1 Comments
From golden leaves to marching bands and ripe apples, fall is extra special, especially for gardeners.
Cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, pumpkins and melons) may cross pollinate within the species but do not cross over to other species. One variety of squash may cross with another variety of squash, but not with cucumbers.1 Comments
Of all the newly planted trees that die in the first few years, the problem is almost always due to faulty planting technique and inadequate aftercare.
Ornamental grasses create an elegant, natural look even when surrounded by a sea of concrete and heavy traffic.
Choose big, firm cloves to plant in the fall. And it’s not a requirement that you have a veggie patch; garlic can be right at home in the flower garden.
Theoretically one can plant at any time, but fall and spring are the best choices. Of these two times, fall wins the “best planting time” award for most plants, hands down.
Health experts and economists can debate aronia’s superfood status and its economic value as a farm crop. But of this I’m absolutely certain: Aronia is a fabulous berry-producing shrub for Tulsa-area gardens.1 Comments
Moderate temperatures and drier conditions make late summer and early fall the perfect time to get started on a vegetable garden.1 Comments
Plant breeders just released a new dwarf rose of Sharon, the first true dwarf ever. It’s called Lil’ Kim, a unique little deciduous bloomer sporting loads of dainty white flowers punctuated with a showy red eye.1 Comments
Wild violets may have two types of flowers, the showy ones typical of violets and another type that may be hidden by leaves and be inconspicuous. It is the latter flowers that produce seeds and allow the plants to spread widely.
Whether or not to use a herbicide depends on the quality of lawn you desire and your personal preferences about using herbicides.
It has some of the biggest flowers in the garden, 8 inches across, and it loves Oklahoma heat.1 Comments
Q: Now that my strawberry season is over, how can I prepare them for the winter and the next harvest? Kay, Tulsa
If you have an interest in learning more about gardening activities and sharing that information with others, the Master Gardener program may be for you. The group’s yearly recruitment efforts start next week.
A 12-week training program will teach volunteers to be a great gardener even if they have no previous experience.
Ideally, a neighbor or fellow gardener could handle watering and other tasks while you're away. But if that's not possible, here are some easy ways to keep your plants and flowers alive while you sip Mai Tais on the beach.
Many grow a spring-to-summer veggie garden and ignore the benefits of a second planting for fall vegetables. Those grown in the fall rival or exceed the quality of vegetables grown in summer.
Lantanas are my go-to plants when Oklahoma weather really heats up.3 Comments
Experts offer some tips for keeping your yard green in the summer, while some just choose to go faux with artificial turf.2 Comments
Window boxes allow for increased control of your garden environment, provide easier access for those with physical limitations and are a great decorative option for your home.1 Comments
Its hollow stems have no leaves or flowers, ever. Even so, it offers lots of garden possibilities.
Q: I have found some flying insects in my yard close to the house. They look like ants but may be termites. How can I tell which and what should I do? Melisa, Tulsa
There are many spiders of different sizes and colors in the garden. Almost all are predators of insects and serve a useful role.1 Comments
A fan calls it the quintessential feng shui plant. It can literally survive indefinitely in a simple vase filled with pebbles (for support) and at least an inch of water.
There are no simple answers for all types of plants, but some guidance can help gardeners from being overwhelmed.
Treatment must begin soon after the eggs hatch in late spring. That time is now.
Q: I am having trouble growing grass under my large oak tree. Which is the best shade grass to use in this area? Will, Tulsa
Q: I would like to make my landscape more butterfly friendly; what are some things I can do? — Susan, Tulsa1 Comments
Q: I have a soil test result from my lawn that shows a low nitrogen level, but the phosphorus and potassium levels are very high. What causes this? — M.M., Jenks