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Gardening: Spring's tease is good time for soil analysis

Rodd Moesel advises readers on gardening and horticulture.
BY Rodd Moesel Published: January 28, 2013

The hardy or cool veggie crops that we plant earliest are cabbage, cauliflower, head lettuce and onions. We can also plant onion sets, seeds for root crops like carrots, radish, or turnip and leafy veggies like Swiss chard, mustard, spinach or lettuce. Peas and kohlrabi also grow well from early seed sowings. Irish potatoes are started from 2 or 3 ounce pieces cut from full-size seed potatoes with at least a couple of “eyes” on each piece to produce sprouts. The seed potatoes at garden centers have not been waxed or treated with anti-sprout inhibitors like most of those sold in the produce section of the grocery store so make sure to buy real seed potatoes.

During this early planting season, we can also plant crowns of asparagus which is a perennial crop that will start producing harvestable spears in year two. For rhubarb pie, plant crowns of rhubarb, another perennial that will produce for years into the future. Spring bearing or ever-bearing strawberries are another nutritious and fun crop to add to your personal garden. Take your soil tests, get your planting beds ready and let's get ready to garden!

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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