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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wildflower seed mix benefits Tulsa projects

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.

Master Gardener: Get expert help growing vegetables from seed

Eating local is a great resolution, and doing so from your own garden can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Master Gardener: Insect borers can cause extensive damage to trees

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.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Barry Fugatt: Gardeners and their plants need to see the light

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.

Master Gardener: Rotate vegetable families to improve your garden's yield

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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Master Gardener: Help birds thrive in winter with feeders, shelter, water

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.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Master Gardener: Abundance of acorns can have adverse effect on lawns

Also, fireplace ash is not recommended as an additive to vegetable garden soil.

Barry Fugatt: Pecan pralines help gardeners beat the winter blues

There's such a thing as growing old gracefully, and people have a solid model — in oak and pecan trees.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Master Gardener: Terrariums make a unique gift with big payoff

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.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Master Gardener: Diagnose, treat plant appearing listless after move indoors

Several problems could cause the deterioration of newly potted plants that are moved indoors when the weather gets cold.

Barry Fugatt: Sixty-nine isn't so old — at least not for an oak tree

There's such a thing as growing old gracefully, and people have a solid model — in oak and pecan trees.

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Master Gardener: How to choose and care for a live Christmas tree

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.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Master Gardener: Prepare your garden for winter with expert tips

Pruning should also be kept to a minimum when you are prepping your landscape for winter.

Barry Fugatt: Plant these trees that look great for Christmas

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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Master Gardener: Urban chicken coops offer several benefits

There are several benefits and approaches to growing your own chickens, but first you must be familiar with city regulations.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Master Gardener: Alternatives to Japanese maple better tolerate Oklahoma weather

Desert willow, fringe tree and service berry are recommended.

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Barry Fugatt: Spiders' value easily forgettable when a big one gets in your pajamas

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.

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Master Gardener: Get help choosing vegetable seed varieties from AAS website

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.

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Barry Fugatt: Autumn foliage gets colorful upgrade with berry-producing plants

Here’s a short list of my favorite fall berry producers.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Master Gardener: Variation in leaf color in fall a product of DNA, weather and other factors

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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Master Gardener: Peonies perform better when planted in fall

Q: I want to incorporate some peonies into my landscape. When is the best time to plant?, Kelly, Tulsa

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Barry Fugatt: Check out four new superstar shrubs

From golden leaves to marching bands and ripe apples, fall is extra special, especially for gardeners.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Master Gardener: Misshapen fruit may be due to inadequate pollination

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.

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Master Gardener: Learn to properly plant tree to ensure its health

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.

Barry Fugatt: Ornamental grasses make great addition to urban landscapes

Ornamental grasses create an elegant, natural look even when surrounded by a sea of concrete and heavy traffic.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Master Gardener: Garlic is among easiest vegetables to grow

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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Master Gardener: Fall wins as best planting time for most plants

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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Barry Fugatt: Aronia a great shrub that produces 'superfood' berries

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.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Master Gardener: Tips help in planning a vegetable garden

Moderate temperatures and drier conditions make late summer and early fall the perfect time to get started on a vegetable garden.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Barry Fugatt: Rose of Sharon gets a mini-makeover with Lil' Kim variety

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.

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Master Gardener: Wild violets among toughest weeds to control even with herbicides

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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Master Gardener: Well-timed herbicides can keep lawns weed-free if used correctly

Whether or not to use a herbicide depends on the quality of lawn you desire and your personal preferences about using herbicides.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Barry Fugatt: Hoping her gardening gene will bloom with the hibiscus

It has some of the biggest flowers in the garden, 8 inches across, and it loves Oklahoma heat.

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Master Gardener: Strawberry patches need post-harvest attention

Q: Now that my strawberry season is over, how can I prepare them for the winter and the next harvest? Kay, Tulsa

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Tulsa Master Gardeners host orientation meeting

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.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Barry Fugatt: Volunteer orientation coming up for Linnaeus Teaching Garden

A 12-week training program will teach volunteers to be a great gardener even if they have no previous experience.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Going on vacation? Prepare your garden first

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.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Master Gardener: Vegetable gardens often improve from summer to fall harvest

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.

Barry Fugatt: New lantana flowers bloom beautifully in hottest weather

Lantanas are my go-to plants when Oklahoma weather really heats up.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Homeowners turn to turf for easy-to-maintain, evergreen lawns

Experts offer some tips for keeping your yard green in the summer, while some just choose to go faux with artificial turf.

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Master Gardener: Create a beautiful window-box container plant

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.

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Barry Fugatt: Horsetail is botanical equivalent of a hairless cat

Its hollow stems have no leaves or flowers, ever. Even so, it offers lots of garden possibilities.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Master Gardener: Tips help distinguish termites from ants, create plan of action

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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Master Gardener: Most garden spiders are harmless, but useful as insect predators

There are many spiders of different sizes and colors in the garden. Almost all are predators of insects and serve a useful role.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Barry Fugatt: Lucky bamboo isn't really bamboo, but it is lucky for gardeners

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.

Master Gardener: Fertilizer methods, timing vary for flowers, vegetables

There are no simple answers for all types of plants, but some guidance can help gardeners from being overwhelmed.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Master Gardener: Get rid of bagworms with timely tips

Treatment must begin soon after the eggs hatch in late spring. That time is now.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Master Gardener: Find the best grass to grow in shaded areas

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

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Master Gardener: Butterflies love colorful flowering plants in a sunny garden

Q: I would like to make my landscape more butterfly friendly; what are some things I can do? — Susan, Tulsa

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Master Gardener: Adjust the fertilizer nutrient percentages for soil

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

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