Rodd Moesel: With warmer weather, it's time to 'plant away'

The sooner you plant your annual flowers and vegetables the longer you can enjoy them and the greater your harvest will be of flowers, food and aesthetic beauty before the November freeze ends another growing season.
By Rodd Moesel Published: April 26, 2014
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It looks like Oklahoma gardeners can now safely “plant away” on virtually all warm season plant material. Our night temperatures seem to be staying at 50 degrees or above, the days are now much longer and the sun intensity is getting brighter by the day.

We are now in the season where the sooner you plant your annual flowers and vegetables the longer you can enjoy them and the greater your harvest will be of flowers, food and aesthetic beauty before the November freeze ends another growing season.

It is now warm enough to plant most all kinds of container-grown annuals and perennials in your ground beds, raised beds, in planter boxes, decorative containers and hanging baskets or most any gardening nook or space. Even the really warm-blooded crops like sweet potatoes, periwinkle, copper plants and caladiums can now be planted with a high rate of success.

You can select and plant hundreds of plant species, including the ever popular begonias, geraniums, impatiens, petunias, penta, marigold and zinnias for color. It is always fun to explore and try some of the lesser known annuals along with the tried and true plants you have planted and enjoyed in the past.

You can plant large blocks of the same plant for mass impact, rows of different plants to create steps or waves of color and texture or you can plant a mixed garden of many types of plants depending on your taste and artistic style. Gardening is a chance to be an artist with living paints and to work with nature to produce a living and evolving masterpiece. Gardening gives us the chance to watch miracles happen daily as seeds, bulbs or small transplants grow from a small collection of cells into impressive large plants complete with flowers or fruit.

Vegetable and herb gardening has surged in popularity in recent years and we can now “plant away” on our tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, all kinds of herbs and even the most heat loving vegetables like okra. The sooner you can get your tomatoes and peppers planted, the more you can harvest before flower set and yields slow down in the intensive heat of July and August.