24 February 2017

Events for Gardeners

Here are a few reasons to mark your calendar, fellow gardeners, garden trekkers, bird lovers.

Sat March 4 at 2:00
Monarchs and Pollinators: The Need for Habitat Restoration
Chip Taylor, speaker, is founder and director of Monarch Watch
FREE and open to the public
Broken Arrow High School Media Center
1901 East Albany St. Broken Arrow

April 15
Jenks Herb and Plant Festival/Sale
Downtown Main Street
918.299.2311 and 918.446.2488

April 22 from 9-4
Sand Springs Herbal Affair
100 vendors

Sat. & Sun. May 20-21
Wildlife Habitat Tour
Audubon At Home: Gardening for Wildlife
Tour home gardens and shop native plant vendors at each home
johnkennington@gmail.com and 918.809.6325

Sat, June 10
Muskogee Garden Club Garden Tour
Cheryl Thygesen sthygesen1@att.net

18 February 2017

Landscaping with Stones, Gravel, Pavers

In our area, stones are a natural part of the landscape. In fact, it's impossible to plant anything here without removing rocks and stones of various shapes and sizes.

On our slice of property in NE Oklahoma, we have made stacked walls, walkways and flower bed borders with the natural rocks we have unearthed and moved.

There is a new, extremely worthwhile little book out called "The Spirit of Stone: 101 Practical and Creative Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden" by Jan Johnsen.

It's loaded with beautiful photographs will inspire your creative process. There are simple project designs that home owners can accomplish on their own or with friends and family pitching in

In addition, Johnsen has plenty of more complex projects that you may want to hire a professional to do for your landscape.

The photos include ideas you may want to use for a rock garden, steps, viewing spots, dry stream bed, walk, foundation, stacked rock art, edging, or art.

There are charts of types of stone, rock garden plants (Johnsen is on the east coast of the US), mortar colors, etc. There are easily understood drawings of construction methods/plans for the ambitious.

On the other hand, if you are in the mood to admire rather than construct, there is also a list of public gardens around the US where you can see beautiful rock installations. 

Jan Johnsen is an award-winning instructor at the NY Botanical Garden, author of Heaven is a Garden (St. Lynn's Press, 2014) and a celebrated landscape designer. Her  design/build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools, was awarded a 2014 Merit Award by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). 

Johnsen was adjunct professor at Columbia University and has worked in Japan, East Africa, Hawaii, Vermont, New Orleans and New York. 

Her other books include: Heaven is a Garden,  Ortho's All About Trees and Gardening without Soil. She blogs at Serenity in the Garden. 

For inspiration, meditation on natural materials and an interesting read, pick up the book. It's The Spirit of Stone, hard cover, 8 by 7 inches, 192-pages, published by St. Lynn's Press, $22 list price, $17 at online vendors.

12 February 2017

Seed Swap Feb 25 Tulsa

Seedy Saturday Seed Swap   Saturday February 25, 2017

 Oklahoma Sustainable Gardening and Butterfly & Pollinator Conservation Association
Saturday February 25, 2017
Tulsa OSU Extension office, 4116 E 15th St
10am till noon (or later).. 

Some FAQ I get are:

1.       (Q)  How do I bring seeds to seed swap:  (A) you can package in small envelopes or zip lock bags and write the name of the plant on the outside.  If you don’t have envelopes, not to worry.  I will bring a whole box of coin envelopes that you can use.  You can just bring your extra seed in bulk and put a pinch in an envelope and write the name on the outside.

2.       (Q) How do I trade or pass them out? (A) We will have tables set up and you can put them out for people to see and barter.

3.        (Q) I don’t have any seeds to swap, but can I still come? (A)  Absolutely.  There are plenty of seeds to share that won’t need a swap.  Everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great time.

4.       (Q) What kinds of seeds can I bring?  (A) If a plant makes a seed and you have some and it’s legal to grow, you can bring them. Just use your good judgment. Our groups’ mission is to focus on butterfly and pollinator plants, but we also conserve heirloom plants and vegetables.  Diversity is more interesting.  AND you can bring plants and cuttings to trade or share as well.  We have had everything from Winter Hardy Palm Tree seeds to winter Onion offsets and all kinds of heirloom tomato seeds, herbs and flowers.

Last year we had a large group and I expect even more this year.  Hopefully the weather will be nice, and right now it looks to be fabulous. One year we even had a snow, but people still showed up. 

Seed Saving Network Green Country,
Gary Schaum

09 February 2017

Order Seeds and Plants

It's time to buy seeds for your 2017 garden. Here's a list of companies with their phone numbers and websites for your ordering pleasure. If your favorite is not listed, please share it in the comments.

Whatever you imagine, online stores and mail order catalogs can help you plan and put it all together.

Seeds of many native plants, perennials, wildflowers, herbs and cold weather vegetables can be started any time through February and be ready to plant out in the garden after the last freeze.

When you know what will be on your list, check out a few vendors, their prices and shipping costs. Many offer free shipping for large orders.

If you are avoiding GMOs, order open pollinated and heirloom varieties. Vegetables in particular, can be easier to grow if you choose the disease resistant varieties.

Almost all the online and catalog stores have monthly email newsletters where they offer growing tips, sales and other useful information.  I set up a separate email address to keep them separate.

Many seed and plant suppliers are online only; companies that offer free print catalogs are marked with an asterisk.

Alpine Seeds, www.alpine-seeds.com (rock gardens)
Amishland Heirloom Seeds, www.amishlandseeds.com 
Annie’s Heirloom Seeds, www.anniesheirloomseeds.com, 800-313-9140 *
Artistic Gardens & Le Jardin du Gourmet, www.artisticgardens.com, 802-748-1446 (40c packs)
Baker Creek, http://rareseeds.com, 417-924-8917 *
Bluestone Perennials, www.bluestoneperennials.com  (plants) *
Botanical Interest, www.botanicalinterests.com877-821-4340 *
Bountiful Gardens, www.bountifulgardens.org, 707-459-6410 (grains, etc.) *
Chiltern Seeds, www.chilternseeds.co.uk (unique British selections)
Diane’s Flower Seeds, www.dianeseeds.com
Dixondale Farms, www.dixondalefarms.com (Onions, shallots, etc.) *
Easywildflowers, www.easywildflowers.com417-469-2611 (MO)
Eden Brothers, www.edenbrothers.com828- 633 - 6338
Evergreen Seeds, www.evergreenseeds.com (Asian vegetables) 
Ethnobotanical Catalog of Seeds, www.jlhudsonseeds.net (Seedbank of specialty seeds) *
Fedco Coop seeds and Moose Tubers, www.fedcoseeds.com, 207-873-7333 *
Garden Medicinals and Culinaries, www.gardenmedicinals.com, 540-872-8351 (herbs)
Gourmet Seed International, Italian Cook’s, Italian Seed, www.gourmetseed.com, 575-398-6111
High Mowing organic seeds, www.highmowingseeds.com, 888-735-4454 *
Hometown Seeds, http://hometownseeds.com, 888-433-3106 (wildflowers)
Jelitto Perennials, http://jelitto.com (German perennials)Johnny’s Selected Seeds, www.johnnyseeds.com, 877-564-6697 *
Kitazawa Seed, www.kitazawaseed.com, 510-595-1188 (Asian vegetables) *
Missouri Wildflowers, http://mowildflowers.net, 573-496-3492 * (MO)
Native Seeds, http://www.nativeseeds.org520-622-5561
NE Seed, www.neseed.com, 800-825-5477 *
Nichols Garden Nursery, www.nicholsgardennursery.com, 800-422-3985
Onalee Seeds, www.onalee.com (free shipping) 
Park Seeds, Jackson & Perkins & Wayside Gardenswww.parkseed.com, 800-845-3369
Peaceful Valley, www.groworganic.com888-784-1722*
Pine Ridge Gardens, www.pineridgegardens.com, 479-293-4359 (native plants) *
Pinetree Garden Seeds, www.superseeds.com, 207-926-3400 (herbs & supplies) *
Plant Delights, http://www.plantdelights.com, 919-772-4794 *
Prairie Nursery, www.prairienursery.com800-476-9453*
Renee’s Garden Seeds, http://reneesgarden.com  & Cornucopia Garden Seeds www.cornucopiaseeds.com (value-priced Renee’s seeds)
Richter’s Herbs Canada, www.richters.com, 800-668-4372 (Wholesale for Everyone) *
Sample Seed Shop. http://sampleseeds.com, 716-871-1137 (budget pricing)
Sand Hill Preservation Center, www.sandhillpreservation.com, 563- 246-2299 (heirloom chickens & seedbank)
SandMountain Herbs, www.sandmountainherbs.com (herbs, medicinals) owns www.herb-roots.com (plant roots)
Seed Savers Exchange, www.Seedsavers.org, 563-382-5990 (Seedbank)
Seeds from Italy, www.growitalian.com, 785-748-0959 (generous seed packs) *
Seeds of Change, www.seedsofchange.com, 888-762-7333 *
Select Seeds, www.selectseeds.com, 800-684-0395 *
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, www.southernexposure.com, 540-894-9480 (heat tolerant varieties) *
Territorial Seed, www.territorialseed.com, 800-626-0866 *
Thompson & Morgan, www.tmseeds.com, 800-274-7333 (British varieties)
Thyme Garden Herb Co., www.thymegarden.com, 541-487-8671 (organic herbs, flowers)
Tomato Bob Heirloom Tomatoes, www.tomatobob.com  & www.heirloomtomatoes.com.
Vermont Bean Seed Co, www.vermontbean.com, 800-349-1071 *
Whatcom Seed Co, www.seedrack.com, (palms, bonsai, cycads)
West Coast Seeds, www.westcoastseeds.com888-804-8820 *
Wild Things Nursery, www.wildthingsnursery.com  (OK native plants)
White Harvest Seed, www.whiteharvestseed.com, 866-424-3185 (heirlooms)

There are dozens more companies than I can be list here. Identify what you are looking for, search for it and find new providers. The more you order from a single source, the more you save in shipping.

02 February 2017

Event for Gardeners - Tulsa Daylily Society

The Tulsa Area Daylily Society 
Bob Scott owner of Bob Scott Nursery in Yukon, OK 
March 2nd at Tulsa Garden Center
2435 South Peoria AV
Snacks at 6:30; Meeting at 7.

Mr Scott's nursery offers a great selection of speciality plants; hostas, helleborus, heucheras, ferns & peonies. He is well known in the daylily industry for his gorgeous daylilys. This is a rare opportunity to hear Mr Scott speak.

Click over to http://www.bobscottnursery.com to see what Scott has to offer.

Should be a good talk!