My interest in gardening began as a kid with my Aunt Earline some 50 or more years ago. The irrigation method Aunt Earline used for her beds was rain water caught in an old barrel when available. Compost is what she used to mulch her beds in the spring and she was forever turning over the soil with that old hoe providing aeration for her plantings. She produced what many considered the town’s prettiest flowers, gracing family and friends homes, local places to eat and the town’s nursing home.
Almost twenty years ago, I began taking organic gardening classes at SMU which were taught by Howard Garrett. Since that time, I have not used any chemicals or commercially produced nitrogen fertilizers. I have never regretted the change in philosophy.
The purpose of the site is to share with you both an organic and chemical perspective in home gardening. The information I will be sharing regarding a number of chemicals, their selection, their use and their safe handling, come from knowledge I gained as a participant in the Master Gardener program offered by Oklahoma State University. Please note however, that writings regarding the use of chemicals should not be taken as an endorsement, as I find them destructive. The hope is that you will find the information and recommendations useful, as you seek to beautify your landscaping in Oklahoma’s red dirt.
The Original RED DIRT GARDENER
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