April’s frequent showers combined with longer days and climbing temperatures help plants around Oklahoma flourish. However, the bugs know this too and it’s their prime time for feeding as well! This sets up battle ground in your garden, and what you do now will affect your harvest in the summer. There are lots of companion plants, tools, and tricks you can use around your garden to help repel pests and attract beneficial critters. Check out
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Sunflowers are a fun addition into your garden and add a lot of color. The kids always love to grow these and are amazed at how tall they can get (especially the mammoth varieties)! They are a great attractor for birds, bees, and butterflies.
Rau Ram (Vietnamese Cilantro): How to Grow and When to Plant this Hot Weather Cilantro Alternative in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!
Cilantro is one of our favorite herbs to use in cooking, but our growing season here in Oklahoma makes it difficult to grow because of how hot it gets. Rau ram (Vietnamese Cilantro/Coriander) is a great alternative to cilantro that flourishes in heat and can handle as much sun as you give it. It has a bit more of a kick than traditional cilantro, but we are usually using it in Mexican dishes so we enjoy this extra kick! It is not recommended to start rau ram by seed, but can usually be planted by cuttings from an existing plant or by transplant.
Tomatillos are also called a husk tomato or green tomato due to their appearance. They have a dry, green cover outside of the fruit. These plants grow very similarly to its relative the tomato. If planting tomatillos, make sure to plant at least 2 plants so they can pollinate each other.
Okra is one of the best plants to grow in the summer. It’s a consistent and reliable producer with few issues. It’s one of the few plants that thrives in the extreme Oklahoma heat!
Eggplant is certainly one of the best looking vegetables we’ve grown. It really likes the heat and doesn’t tolerate cold well, so it’s better to transplant after all threat of frost has passed than starting from seed.
Turmeric is a unique and beautiful addition to your garden! This is a great plant to grow in a container in most areas as you will most likely have to bring it in for the winter if you live in zones 7 or below. You can plant in the ground if you are in zones 8 or above. Turmeric is commonly grown for its amazing health benefits!
Although corn isn’t the most practical thing for us to grow, it’s still one of our favorites because it’s such a fun thing to have in the backyard. Plus you can’t match the taste of freshly grown corn! It is important to have at least a few rows of corn so that they can pollinate each other.
Bell peppers produce a variety of different colors and look beautiful out in your garden! These sweet peppers grow really well in the summer and thrive in our hot conditions. They are relatively pest-free and can actually help keep pests off other plants, making them a valuable companion plant. It’s easy to grow your own bell peppers with our free mobile app! Learn more in the details below.
This video talks about how we’ve adjusted the way we think about broccoli over the years.