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Gardening: Halfway through planting season, weather is perfect for spring crops

Rodd Moesel says Mother's Day and flowers are a perfect match.
BY RODD MOESEL Published: May 7, 2012

We have been blessed with a truly special and spectacular spring to date. We have enjoyed some of the lushest spring growth and best spring flowers on just about every early season crop this season.

As we all prepare for Mother's Day weekend this Sunday, we will be about half way through the traditional spring planting season.

There is still plenty of prime planting season to plant and enjoy most everything from summer vegetables to flowering annuals and perennials, to container grown roses, shrubs and trees.

In fact, our night temperatures are just now consistently warm enough to start planting the really hot-blooded crops like periwinkle, sweet potatoes, caladiums and okra. We have been very blessed with nice regular rains this year and nothing makes new plantings “jump” from the ground and grow like refreshing natural rains. Be prepared to water your yard when we do go a while without rain.

Our Oklahoma winds can cause topsoil and container gardens to dry quicker than we realize and getting “too dry” can stress, burn or even kill our plants as we witnessed all too often last scorching summer. New plantings are especially dependent on your supplemental watering until they get well established and reach their roots deeper into the earth.

Mother's Day and flowers have always seemed like a perfect match.

Many of us have special memories of working in the yard or vegetable garden with our mother or grandmother. We often know their favorite flower or plant, remember them growing a special houseplant in their kitchen window, cutting fresh iris or roses to bring in the house or harvesting tomatoes and peppers and turning them into culinary delights.

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