Vegetable Garden Work Begins

We had beautiful spring weather this weekend, so I began breaking ground in the vegetable garden beds. I worked composted manure into the spaces where I will be planting ornamental corn and okra later this month.

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I also transplanted a volunteer tomato into the space I have allocated for that vegetable this year. It was growing in a spot where I had planted an Amish Paste tomato last year, so I assume that’s what this new plant is.

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Springtime Weather in Oklahoma

I believe one of the biggest problems I face as an Oklahoma gardener is when to actually start my vegetable garden. Spring weather here can be very violent, and just yesterday we got hail and a near miss from a tornado. Fortunately, the hail we got here was not that large but only a few miles away the hailstones were the size of baseballs. It’s not difficult to imagine what hail of that size could do to young plants.

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You really cannot expect the spring storm season to end until June, but of course by then you’re already a month or more behind in your gardening. So it really is a gamble every year, trying to get the garden in while hoping the weather won’t make all your efforts wasted.

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More Flowers Planted

I got up early this morning and put in some more flower starts, this time along the edging of my vegetable garden beds. I will plant some ornamental corn in this space, once the weather and soil warms up a little more.

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More Flower Plantings

Purchased some more flower starts and got them planted in the front yard flower beds. Barring some disaster like a late freeze or June bug infestation, that should take care of all my flower bed plantings. It looks skimpy now, but by mid-summer everything will fill out nicely. And by autumn, it should be a riot of overgrown plants and blooms.

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Guess Where

Here’s a photo of a red maple tree I planted in the front yard about 5 years ago. Can you guess where I hammered tree fertilizer stakes into the ground last autumn?

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More Early Spring Blooms!

Every fall and winter I keep potted pansies and violas in the front flower beds, and this spring I have a couple of voluntary plants blooming. I will work around them as I put in my marigolds and zinnias.

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Supposedly, I am too far north for daisies to be a perennial but it seems that my front flower bed is a sort of micro-climate which allows some of them to survive the winter. And it’s been such a mild, warm spring that I already have a bloom.

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And finally, I also have my first rose bloom, with several more buds forming.

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The Spring Planting Has Begun

I’ve planted my moonflower and morning glory starts. The moonflowers seem to be doing alright, but the shock of going outdoors seems to have been a bit too harsh for the morning glories. Not sure if they’re going to survive the transition. If I have to, I will sow more morning glories directly outdoors.

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I also went to my favorite local plant nursery, to get more flowers for the spring planting. They don’t have zinnias in yet, so I will have to go back in a few days.

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Meanwhile, the Dianthus flowers I planted in 2014 are blooming like crazy.

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Transplanting Seedlings

Today I transplanted my seedlings to larger peat pots. I am growing the following plants:

  • 2x Bullnose Sweet Pepper
  • 2x Craig’s Grande Jalapeno
  • 6x Dar Cucumber
  • 4x National Pickling Cucumber
  • 3x Heavenly Blue Morning Glory
  • 3x Giant White Moonflower

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Starting Seedlings

Finally time to start some seedlings for this year’s garden. I am starting the following: Bullnose Pepper, Craig’s Grande Jalapeno, DAR Cucumber, National Pickling Cucumber, Heavenly Blue Morning Glories and Moonflowers.

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