GARDENING

Fall Vegetable Gardening

Gardening isn’t just for the spring and summer months.

With the right preparation, you can have a flourishing garden in the fall as well.

Warm sunny days, followed by cool, humid nights provide conditions to produce high quality vegetables such as, potatoes, onions, garlic, salad greens, and more.

The first thing to know about fall gardening is you can’t wait until it’s already fall to start. In the steamy throws of mid-summer, there is plenty to be done to prepare your garden and plants for a successful fall harvest.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Best-suited plants for the fall growing season
  • Selection of the right plants for your lifestyle
  • Deciphering your soil’s condition
  • When and how to fertilize
  • Water requirements and irrigation method recommendations
  • Mulching recommendations and incorporation
  • Which seeds to start indoors and transplant later
  • Which seeds to directly sow into the soil
  • Planting techniques for indoor or in-ground planting
  • Insect, disease, and fungus control

You’ll also have the opportunity to start some seeds and take them home with you to jump-start your fall garden experience.

We are located in Zone 7a, which gives us proven recommendations for planting times. In Oklahoma the typical first frost occurs in late October, just around Halloween.

For an anticipated October 30th frost, fall planting dates start around July 15th for tomatoes, winter squash, and pumpkins. They extend to as late as September 30th for radishes.

Whether you are a seasoned gardener, or just getting started, you’re sure to learn something new during this workshop.

The instructor for this class is Olivia Toothman, Creek County Extension Educator.

Campus Dates Hours Days Times Tuition
Campus: Drumright Campus Dates: 7/15/21 Hours: 2 Days: Th Times: 6:30p-8:30p Tuition: $20

Composting

Leaves. Grass clippings. Vegetable scraps. Fruit scraps. Coffee grounds. Shredded paper.

Do you find yourself tossing any of the above items into the trash?

Did you know they can be used to make compost?

Compost is a natural dark brown humus-rich material from the decomposition or breakdown of organic materials like the items above Composting is the aerobic decomposition of organic materials, by microorganisms. It transforms raw materials – such as leaves, grass clippings, garden trimmings, food scraps, animal manure, and agricultural residues – into compost, a valuable earthy-smelling soil conditioner, teeming with life.

By incorporating composting into your household routine, you could reduce the amount of trash you put out at the curb by 50 percent.

In addition to household and yard scraps, livestock manure, sawdust, straw and weeds can also be added to compost. Compost piles can reach an internal temperature as high as 160 degrees, killing most weeds and plant diseases.

Given proper conditions, compost should be ready for use within four to six months. If you’d like to learn more about composting and how to start composting at home, then this workshop is right for you!

Getting started:

  • How intensely do you want to compost?
  • Are you going to compost household scraps, yard scraps, livestock scraps, or some combination?
  • How many bins will you need?

Select your site:

  • Make sure it is conveniently located so you can tend to it easily.
  • Position near your garden for easy transport and incorporation.

Choose your method:

  • Concrete blocks
  • Wood with wire sides
  • All wood
  • Wood Pallets
  • Posts and snow fence
  • Garbage can or barrel
  • Commercial

Once you have your system set up, begin layering your waste, alternating green (wet) materials and brown (dry) materials, in a 1:3 ratio. Be sure to wet the pile, and turn at least weekly.

For a more in-depth explanation of composting and to have your questions answered, be sure to attend this workshop!

Campus Dates Hours Days Times Tuition
Campus: Drumright Campus Dates: 11/18/21 Hours: 2 Days: Th Times: 6:30p-8:30p Tuition: $20

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