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OKC Beautiful: It's still early, but some seeds can be planted now

Carla Sharpe shares some of her cousin, Loretta Aaron's tips for starting seeds early.
By Carla Sharpe, For The Oklahoman Published: February 4, 2013
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Other annual flower seeds that will benefit from sowing now include portulaca (rose moss), alyssum and verbena. You will get much better germination if the seed is exposed to several nights of sub-freezing temperatures. Also, the month of February through around March 20 is the preferred time to set strawberry plants in Oklahoma.

For 21 years, Loretta Aaron, an Oklahoma City gardening expert, was a beloved and well-known gardening columnist for The Oklahoman. Loretta died in 2009. With the permission of Loretta's family, we will reprint some of Loretta's words of gardening wisdom.

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