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Gardening: New year is time for reviewing garden practices

Rodd Moesel advises readers about gardening and horticultural topics.
By Rodd Moesel, For The Oklahoman Published: December 31, 2012

Many others have discovered gardening as a way to get outside to get fresh air, exercise, sunshine and to relate to nature.

Many folks are assessing what is important in life and are deciding to spend more time at home, with family and communing with nature instead of full blast on the treadmill of daily events or inside glued to TV, games or movies.

Gardening and landscaping take some time and effort but are the perfect counter balance to the electronic and gadget lifestyle that can consume us.

Take a look at what you enjoyed doing in your garden this last year and do more of it in 2013.

What crops did good, which did poorly, what could do better if not for the drought of last year?

Are you happy with your landscape?

Do you need to plant more trees, prune and shape the trees you have?

Do you want to add flower beds or start a vegetable garden?

Do you want to add a kitchen herb garden, a butterfly garden, a new patio or gazebo, a fountain, pond or a hobby greenhouse?

Things don't happen unless you make plans and dream a little.

Use this winter time to review seed catalogs, attend an Oklahoma Horticulture Society lecture, read some gardening books, take a soil test to the county extension office or visit with you local nursery or garden center to get new ideas.

We wish you a happy new year and hope 2013 exceeds all your dreams in your garden and in your life.

Rodd Moesel serves on the Oklahoma Horticulture Industrial Council and the Oklahoma State University agriculture dean's advisory committee. He is a former president of the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers. Email garden and landscape questions to


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