28 November 2016

Garden To Do List

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We are having some relatively balmy weather today for late November.

There are plenty of reasons to get outside in the garden!

- Make compost to improve next year's soil. Pile up faded plants, raked leaves, coffee grounds, etc. and let the rain (and snow) break it down into nutrient rich topsoil for next spring.

- Dump out flower pots that held annuals. In the photo you'll see that we pour ours directly onto the vegetable bed where they can compost in place.

- Prune any diseased or damaged branches, limbs and twigs. Diseased plant parts should be put in the trash. The rest can be composted.

- Pull out weeds that have grown among your perennials, fruit, and ornamental trees.

- Deeply water newly planted trees. Do not fertilize.

- Remove any remaining seed heads of plants you want to re-plant next spring. Zinnias in particular still have viable seeds.

- There is still time to plant garlic, daffodils, tulips and other bulbs that need months of chill.

- Protect young roses by piling 6 inches of soil around the crown. Add mulch late-Jan after we have had a hard freeze.

- If you know where you want to add a vegetable or flower bed next spring, put several layers of newspaper on it and anchor the newspaper with pots or rocks. By spring the weeds will be weak and the earthworms will have tilled the soil for you.

Enjoy being out in this almost-warm weather while it lasts!

20 November 2016

Carols & Crumpets Dec 3 from 8 to 3 pm

Hand made items are raffled
Members of the Tulsa Herb Society spend a full year making flavored vinegars, chutneys, jams, jellies, holiday decorations and more holiday goodies so we can enjoy shopping.

Carols and Crumpets 2017 Dec 3 from 8 am to 3 pm

Tulsa Garden Center  2435 S Peoria AV Tulsa

In addition to holiday goodies, the Herbies offer lunch at their Snowflake Cafe and evergreens to decorate your home at the other end of the Garden Center.

Tulsa Herb Society's hand made gift items
Dozens of vendors join the event to make it one of the most eclectic holiday shopping experiences in the area.

Not to be missed. (Hint - Arrive early - great prices so lots of items sell out early)

14 November 2016

Horticulture Industries Show 2017

Mark you calendars for the Jan 13 & 14 Horticulture Industries Show in Fayetteville Arkansas. There are always dozens of speakers with dozens of presentation topics.  This year's topic is "Local Foods, Farms, Gardens and Success"

The public is welcome!

Keep an eye on the website http://www.hortindustriesshow.org/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HorticultureIndustriesShow/
OSU website http://www.hortla.okstate.edu/research-and-outreach/programs/HIS
for more information.

Register at this link https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/70588/chk/be60/

The keynote speaker will be Anthony Flaccavento, SCALE, Inc.
Flaccavento has 25 years of hands-on experience in sustainable community development, along with a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development.

08 November 2016

Emerald Ash Borers found in Oklahoma

Emerald Ash Borer - NH Bugs
The Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, reported that the Emerald Ash Borers have been found here. 

Eric Rebek, Extension Entomologist, reports. "Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, an invasive wood-boring beetle that has killed hundreds of millions of North American ash trees in the United States and Canada, has been recovered from a monitoring trap in Delaware County. This catch represents the first official record of this devastating insect in Oklahoma. 

Life Cycle
 The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) notified me of the find on October 13, and the identity of the specimen was subsequently verified as EAB. Information for sharing with the general public was made available by ODAFF and can be found at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/eab. Emerald ash borer belongs to a group of woodborers known as flatheaded borers. The adult beetles are often shiny and brilliantly colored, and thus are called metallic wood-boring beetles. 

Emerald ash borer was initially discovered infesting ash trees near Detroit, Michigan in 2002, but it was accidentally introduced from its native Asia in solid wood packing material sometime during the 1990’s. This exotic, invasive insect has been spreading throughout North America ever since and is now found in 29 states including Oklahoma and Ontario, Canada."

This link will take you to the entire entomology report.

Past issues of the Entomology Report can be found at this link.

03 November 2016

Bird Watching Talk - Springdale Arkansas Nov 19

The November 19 meeting of Flower, Garden and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas will feature Amy Tucker speaking about "Bringing People & Nature Together."  

During Amy's 30-year career in health care administration, she noticed the positive impact of bird watching for her patients. 

This experience influenced her to be directly involved in the bird-watching business, so she and her husband, Don, now own two Wild Birds Unlimited stores. They offer products to ensure healthy birds.  

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Center of Northwest Technical Institute at 709 S. Old Missouri Road in Springdale, AR.  It is free and open to the public.  for more Info - call 479/521-7654.