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Oklahoma Horticultural Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. Brian Pirtle will present “Be in Style With Your Spring-Summer Garden.”
Apogon Iris Garden Club, noon Wednesday, 12621 Cobblestone Parkway. Program is “Walk in My Spring Garden” by Master Gardener Cheryl McIntosh. Call 773-4445.
Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oklahoma County Extension Office, 930 N Portland. Visitors are welcome. Visit www.okbeekeeper.blogspot.com for information.
Oklahoma Hosta Society, 7 p.m. Thursday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Program is on “Virgins, Sports and Reverts: No it Isn't a Romance Novel.” Public is welcome.
Roses for Dummies, 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 1, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Learn how to select roses for low maintenance and specific roles in the landscape. Materials will cover everything from miniature roses to climbers. Class will visit the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden to observe roses firsthand.
Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society (Daylily) Show and Sale, 1 to 4 p.m. June 9, Will Rogers Garden Center, 3400 NW 36. Call 550-7632.
The Central Oklahoma Cactus and Succulent Society's Annual Show and Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17. Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36.
Study analyzes numbers of gardening homeowners
As spring continues to blossom, a new study from local market consumer research firm Scarborough reveals that of the nearly 164 million homeowners in the United States, nearly half — 49 percent — gardened in the past 12 months, according to a news release from the firm.
Gardening homeowners are 10 percent more likely than all homeowners to be baby boomers and 33 percent have at least a college degree, Scarborough found. Forty-seven percent of gardening homeowners hold full-time employment and 26 percent have an annual household income of $100,000 or more. Twenty-two percent of gardening homeowners are retired.
Where do these gardening homeowners live? The top local markets for adult homeowners who have gardened in the past 12 months are Seattle, — 63 percent are homeowners who have gardened; Portland, Ore. — 63 percent; Salt Lake City — 62 percent; Milwaukee, Wis. — 58 percent; and Columbus, Ohio — 58 percent. Oklahoma City reported 50 percent of homeowners keep gardens.
Take back your backyard from insects
Don't let bugs keep you from relaxing outdoors. Use these tips to take back your yard from annoying pests.
Eat more garlic. Garlic is heralded for its ability to ward off bloodsucking vampires; but did you know eating garlic can repel bloodsucking insects as well? Garlic is excreted through the pores and acts as a natural barrier to flying insects that don't like the smell.
Eliminate dangerous flying insects. The key to insect control is early detection and elimination. Consider using traps to eliminate bothersome bugs. Not all traps are eyesores. For example, the Black Flag Flying Insect Trap and Lure attracts, traps, and kills wasps, yellow jackets and flies, and can be hung in a tree or staked in the ground; discreetly blending into any outdoor setting. It's also safe for your family and pets. More information is available at www.blackflag.com.
Grow plants and herbs. Certain plants and herbs, such as rosemary, basil and thyme, emit odors that ward off insects. Not only will these plants help deter unwanted pests; you'll also have some fresh herbs ready for cooking right in your backyard.
Outdoor cooking more popular than indoor cooking
At-home chefs say they prefer grilling their meals outdoors over using indoor kitchens by a 3-to-1 margin, according to information released by The Home Depot. The No. 1 one reason is the flavor of the food (54 percent) followed by the convenience factor, since there are no pots and pans to clean (10 percent). Other factors included “being outdoors,” “it keeps the house cool,” and “it's a healthy way to cook.”
The Home Depot recommends asking yourself the following questions to select the grill that's right for you.
How often will I use it? Someone who plans to grill on the patio several times a week needs a different unit than someone who will occasionally barbecue at the beach or the park.
Who will I be grilling for? Determining how many people you will need to cook for can help you decide the size of the grill you will need.
Where am I going to store it? Will you simply cover it when not in use, or do you want a unit that can be rolled away into the garage or a shed?
Should I get charcoal, gas or electric? Charcoal grills are portable, making them easy to transport for camping trips and other outings. Propane or natural gas models are easy to start and operate, and provide better temperature control. Electric grills are an excellent choice for people who live in condos or apartments, or for people who are uncomfortable with gas or charcoal.