Oregano blog post

How to Grow Oregano!

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Oregano is a very popular herb, often added to Italian dishes. Not only will this herb add an ornamental touch to your garden, it will also be easy to use in the kitchen once it’s been harvested. Oregano is also known as one of the best companion plants for the garden, with it’s strong scent helping to keep pests away from other plants.   How to Grow: Oregano is a perennial herb. It can be […]

Leaf Miners blog post

How to: Manage Leaf Miners in Your Garden

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Leaf miners that affect vegetables refers to a small gray-yellow fly. These flies lay tiny white eggs that turn into green maggots. These maggots can destroy the leaves of the plants in your garden.   Treatment Options: As always, prevention is key, which includes placing an insect netting (floating row cover) over your plants.   Yellow sticky traps have been shown to be effective at catching these pests.   Beneficial insects, such as green lacewings, […]

Rabbits blog post

How to: Manage Rabbits in Your Garden

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While we love having our pet rabbit to help with making free fertilizer, wild rabbits can be quite troublesome for your garden. These small mammals like to eat a lot of your greens and can be tricky to manage once they know where the food is. It is important to keep them out of your garden to protect your food!   Treatment Options: Placing an automated sprinkler to scare the rabbit away is helpful.   […]

Spider Mites blog post

How to: Manage Spider Mites in Your Garden

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These mites are extremely small relatives of spiders. They are typically found on the undersides of leaves. An easy way to check for them is to place a sheet of white paper underneath the leaves and gently tap. If you see moving specks on the paper then you have a problem.   Treatment Options: Putting your beneficial insects to work is one of the best ways to help with spider mites! Releasing or attracting green […]

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How We Use Our Compost Tumbler to Make Potting Soil Mix!

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These compost tumblers haven’t been very useful for making compost, but they’re great for making soil mix! Watch this short video to learn how we made your own potting mix for our oregano plant!

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How to Grow & Cook w/10 Different Herbs! (w/Lori Coats of My Raggedy Herbs) (recorded class)

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This video is a recording of a workshop we taught at the 2018 OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show with Lori Coats of My Raggedy Herbs about how you can grow and cook with your own herbs. Lori is an expert at knowing how to use culinary herbs to make things taste great and I’m excited to share her knowledge with you all!

We cover the following 10 herbs in detail: basil, chives, cilantro, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

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Exploring Mediterranean Herbs & Native Oklahoma Perennials at Prairie Wind Nursery

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I had a great opportunity to spend some time with Bill Farris at Prairie Wind Nursery in Norman, Oklahoma recently. I learned a lot about cooking herbs and native Oklahoma plants that do well in our extreme conditions and am excited to share what we learned! Bill has been specializing in Mediterranean herbs and native perennials for nearly 30 years and is full of great information. 

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FAQ – “I want to start growing food but I don’t know what to try first”

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One of the most common questions I receive is “What should I grow first?”. Here’s what I tell people our strategy was in response: Start with something you like and buy a lot of – We started with kale, spinach, lettuce. These items cost us $10 a week at the grocery store whenever we tried to eat healthy and I loved the idea of having unlimited salad greens in my backyard. I had a feeling it […]