The Organic Oklahoman

January 30, 2008

It’s all in your head

Filed under: Dirt, OO, Work — Josh @ 4:29 am

You know what I mean. That garden…its all in your head right now. Tiller, lasagna layers, or shoveled up deep wide beds (my favorite)–whatever your preferred method. It’s there, its in your head.

You just have to get dirty.

You know what vegetables you eat–figure out how to grow them. Figure out what the vegetables you eat like to eat and FEED them so they can feed you.

It’s not too bad. The first garden I mean. Give it a whirl and you’ll be surprised at how it all comes together. Seeds are made to grow. Give them what they need–good dirt and sunlight–and they’ll grow and make you some food along the way.

OO

July 11, 2007

Must Read

Filed under: OO — Josh @ 1:49 am

Here’s another must read. Horticultural is one of my favorite gardening blogs. Granted part of that is because I still can’t figure out what a currant is. But it’s in the UK so its probably a little different that OK. I’ve linked to her ‘shed of the week’ post because it made me laugh. There are a jillion little rickety sheds in this part of the country so here we’d have the ‘shed of the minute’.

June 15, 2007

OO

Filed under: OO — Josh @ 6:14 pm

I like this piece so I’m going to link the Garden Rant in the sidebar.

There aren’t that many good gardening blogs or sites–probably because everyone who knows anything is in the garden–so give this one a look.

March 7, 2007

OO: search terms

Filed under: Dirt, OO, Rot — Josh @ 10:01 pm

Composting Sweetgum Balls
Believe it or not, I’ve actually tried this. It seems to work best in a really hot batch but not as the primary ingredient. I use them as ‘brown’ material, but not very much. Probably adding some extra green helped out too. I screen all my compost so what happens is that after about the third or fourth time through they simply disappear. If you’re using a three bin system, be sure to mix in a little more green–grass clippings, ect.–each time you turn a batch with gumballs. This seems to help them digest a little.

March 6, 2007

OO…search terms

Filed under: OO — Josh @ 3:53 pm

Every so often I like to check out what search terms brought people to this little gardening blog of mine. Yesterday it was white dwarf clover and blister bugs.

White Dwarf Clover
I use the clover as a cover for my pathways. It wears pretty well and keeps the grass off of the edges of my beds. (I use a raised bed format for the garden–about four feet wide). Aside from its good soil building properties–nitrogen fixing and organic matter–its also very short so even if it does go crazy and get up under the zucchini its not that big of a deal. I would rather have that than sand burrs or grass any day of the week.

Blister Bugs

These are creepy little things. Neem works pretty good in combination with hot pepper wax. Thats all I use as far as chemicals. I also use mixed plantings of garlic, onions, marigolds, and pretty well any other flower I can get to grow that will drive them off. Picking them works well too. I’ve found that if its just too icky to pick with your fingers, take your little gardening snips and snip them in two. That works just as well. And it works really well with things like Horn Worms.

A Word About Green Manure
I finally got my Mammoth clover out into the garden about a week ago. We’ve had some frost this week but I think we’re about at the end of it. I don’t know if that will hurt it or not. I guess I’ll find out pretty soon. Either way I’m going to have to start thinking seriously about planting some lettuce and other early crops because I am so sick of WalMart produce that it nauseates me to think about it. Even the bananas have been bad at times.

February 12, 2007

Stove up

Filed under: Dirt, OO, Work — Josh @ 4:11 pm

So yesterday I got out and busted up some of my beds. I’ve got a little mini-tiller I use probably once or twice a year for cultivation so I started it up and used it to level off some of my raised beds to get them ready for green manure.

I am WAY stove up this morning. That’s Oklahoman for “sore and stiff”. That I am and it’s great. The first trip out into the garden for something other than just staring out the window at it was a good one. I got about two and a half beds leveled off and hope to do some more this week. If it dries out some. As it was I had to break out the muck boots–even with the mulch it was sticky stuff down in the paths.

It was cold enough I had to wear the Carhart jacket. Even so, I love this time of year. Last year I remember hauling a truck load of manure in the beginnings of a dandy ice storm. My wife thought it was nuts but the vegetables were fabulous.

Break out the motrin and sharpen the hoes. It’s gardening season!

February 7, 2007

OO: Catalogs

Filed under: catalogs, OO — Josh @ 8:17 pm

One of the neat things about gardening is the simple fact that you have to have tools to do it. The Lee Valley garden catalog is a great place to get them. They seem to have a lot of imports but lets face it, whats cooler than a stainless steel gardening spade? I don’t actually have one but I bought one of those wide bladed vinyard hoe’s last year and not only is it practically indestructible it has no end of uses. I’ve used it for every thing from redneck-double digging–which I need to write about–to opportunistically killing a mole that happened to stick its head up at the wrong time. Hey! Moles compost too!
If you drop by their site–linked above–plan to surf awhile. These guys have got everything.

Except seeds.

If you want seeds I’ve got some great links in the blogroll. Territorial is probably the best and they have great culture info in the catalogs. They’ve got some great organic stuff too.

I’m planning on posting a list of the catalogs I got this year and what I bought pretty soon. I think it will help in garden planning. (I’m actually way behind in this…)

January 31, 2007

Whats This? Winter?

Filed under: OO — Josh @ 4:57 pm

Wow. We’ve actually had some Winter this year. I’m pretty happy about that because its hard on ticks and chiggers and mosquitoes and other nasty bitey things. I’m not all that fond of Winter because of it’s short days and colder nights. But in Oklahoma you occasionally get some really fine weather this time of year. If it gets above fifty at all I’m breaking out the mini-tiller and turn some of those beds. Seriously, I’ve got to figure out a way to get that Mammoth Clover out.

Looks like its back to the Territorial website.

OO

January 10, 2007

Renewal

Filed under: OO — Josh @ 9:53 pm

I’m starting to think about designing my garden for next year. Last year I had a nifty oval design that I was going to implement but it never came about–I just didn’t have the energy to be that creative. I’ve got some nice beds still set from last year and I hate the thought of moving them but I will probably have to do it. They’re not permanent. I don’t have them built in or anything–it was just such a nice garden last year.

We’ve had a lot more rain this winter than we did last year. In fact I am already bemoaning the fact that I didn’t get my Fall garden planted at all. I’m missing all the greens, December broccoli, and other tasty things from the garden that I had planned on planting. The only really good news is that on the porch I have a pot of Italian Flat Leaf parsley that has somehow survived the many nights we’ve had below freezing. I used some of it in a recipie the other night. I could tell at least that it was there.

One thing I planned for but didn’t get to do last year was a sitting area in the garden. I bought a pump for a pond and planned some trellises for cukes or morning glories but I just ran out of time. I hope I can get some of that done this year. I am actually going to start turning the thing over toward the end of the month–Lord willing and weather permitting. I’ve got some green manure seeds I am going to put out and I’ve got some ground cover for my rows. I hope it comes up this year. That’s part of my weedless plan–that and the remnants of a giant pile of mulch I got from the county last year!

It’s coming along nicely, in my head. I’ll post some more when I get it down on paper.

OO

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