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February 8, 2014

Grow 02-09-14

Oklahoma Gardening starts season Feb. 15

Oklahoma gardeners who are ready to get back in the gardening groove can get started soon as new episodes of OETA’s popular television program Oklahoma Gardening resume airing.

The crew has been hard at work getting the studio ready for our 41st season and has a lot of exciting and educational topics in store for viewers. We always strive to make the show appealing to both novice gardeners and seasoned growers. Viewers who may be new to gardening will find our segments on building a garden from the ground up very informative, while we continue to provide research-based information for those who already have a little dirt under their fingernails.

I have piles of seed packets waiting to be sown into the vegetable garden where I will continue to demonstrate sustainable gardening techniques. Plantings will include many unique crops such as Belgian endive and Romanesco. We will kick off the growing season with a series of segments focusing on growing vegetables under low tunnels. This method of gardening will help extend the growing season for a variety of vegetables. Other unconventional growing systems will include production of microgreens, sprouts and hydroponics.  

Last season we started a new monthly segment called Turf Talk. It was so well received by viewers we are going to continue with it this season. These special segments will again feature members of Oklahoma State University’s turf team who will highlight a wide variety of turf-related topics.

Other show topics will include attracting and protecting native pollinators, water garden renovation and backyard foraging. We also will welcome specialists from across the university in our pecan series.

Our Oklahoma Gardening crew will continue the tradition of traveling within the state. Our travels this year will take us to south central Oklahoma where we will visit home gardens, feature unique horticultural businesses and highlight native plant material.

With the beautiful weather last season coupled with more rain than we’d seen in a couple of years, the Oklahoma Gardening studio garden, as well as The Botanic Garden at OSU, looked fabulous. We’re looking forward to another great season with our dedicated viewers.

Be sure to join us every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday on your local OETA channel. We also offer clips of the program, a link to gardening resources, a link to recipes featured on the show and much more on our Oklahoma Gardening website at www.oklahomagardening.okstate.edu.

Oklahoma Gardening will air new episodes Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 22-23 before going on hiatus for OETA’s fundraising festival. Oklahoma Gardening will return March 22.

Oklahoma Gardening is produced by OSU Cooperative Extension through the department of horticulture and landscape architecture, Agricultural Communications Services and OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Kimberly Toscano is assistant extension specialist and host of the OETA television program Oklahoma Gardening, which airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays, and assistant director of The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University.

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