04 September 2013

Organic Gardening made easier -Grogg's Green Barn -

Grogg’s Green Barn in Tulsa is a one-of-a-kind store for northeast OK gardeners who want to grow native plants, use non-GMO seeds, treat plant diseases and insect problems organically and prefer to purchase vegetable plant starts that are grown using those methods.

Kelly and Carla Grogg encourage gardeners to use native plants because they are insect, disease and drought resistant, requiring less intervention to keep them healthy. The perennial native plants that they sell are grown in biodegradable coir pots from locally collected seeds.

Open since 2011, Grogg’s Green Barn is located in an eco-inspired building. Rain water is collected in a 4,000 gallon cistern to use in the fountain as well as to irrigate plants. There is a 3-minute -OETA interview with the Groggs at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9a_Bq4JS5o.

Shopping at Grogg’s is a unique experience. There are plenty of knowledgeable staff people around to answer questions and give guidance. The store is bright, open, and does not smell like chemicals.

They sell both traditional glazed containers and hard-to-find Wally wooly pocket planters (www.woollypocket.com) in 3 sizes. Their wall of tools is loaded with bamboo-handled shovels, rakes, etc. that are functional and lightweight.

If you are ready to get your compost going, they have a how-to class on Sept 7, sell compost starter, compost worms and compost sifters. In addition to compost worms ($16), Grogg’s sells lady beetles, lacewings, beneficial nematodes, etc.

To help encourage the next generation of gardeners, Grogg’s has a section of the store dedicated to tools and educational nature toys just their size.

You will not be able to buy flats of common plants such as petunias but you will find a wide variety of plants few other stores carry such as Autumn Black Magic Chokecherry shrubs, Indian Arrow Wood Wahoo, Prairie Cord Grass, Silphium Sunflower and many other native selections.

Right now the greenhouse area at the side of the store is loaded with organically grown plant starts for our fall gardens. The selections include: heirloom tomatoes, chard, collards, kohlrabi, arugula, fennel, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cilantro, stevia, sorrel, etc.

To improve the quality of your garden soil, Grogg’s stocks dozens of organic amendments, soil, mulch, etc. Look for dried molasses, worm castings, diatomaceous earth, orange oil, Neptune’s Harvest fish and seaweed products, cottonseed, etc. They also have vermiculite and perlite for starting seeds and cuttings at home plus sticky traps to catch those pesky gnats.

Other organic pest control methods available at Groggs: Thuricide, Sluggo (1% iron phosphate), Nolo Bait (Nosema locustae), Neem oil, Deer Scream, and a shelf full of other options.

Back by the glazed pots you’ll find bird houses, decorative glass chips, tree gators, and decorative plant markers. They carry seeds from Johnny’s Select Seeds and Botanical Interests. This week there was a bin of 2013 seeds for $1.00 a pack. Pop them in the freezer when you bring them home and they will be good to plant indoors this winter or outside next spring.

If you have been curious about having backyard chickens, their October 19 class, “Backyard Chickens: Fun to have and beneficial” will provide the basics. Grogg’s sells a chicken starter kit as well as chicken food.

Also in October, garden-guru Alan Storjohann will be hosting his radio program live from Grogg’s during their Oct 12 Fall Festival that runs from 9 to noon. Last year’s festival included yoga classes, Master Gardeners’ on-site demonstrations, plus cooking, canning and preserving classes.

Experienced and new gardeners find that Grogg’s makes it easier to be green.
Grogg’s Green Barn, 10105 East 61 ST, Tulsa
Open Mon – Sat 9 to 6 and Sun 12 to 6
September classes
Sept 7 at 10:30 “Backyard compost how and why - Let’s talk worms, science and ingredients you need to be successful.”

Sept 14 at 3 pm
“Children’s event: Scavenger Hunt in the Garden”

Sept 21 at 10:30 “Propagation and Dividing Skills”



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