Super Bowl LIV is now history and there is Easter candy on the shelves at the store. This can mean just one thing – it is time for a brand new season of the longest-running gardening show on television.
Oklahoma Gardening will hit the airwaves Feb. 15 and promises to be chocked full of gardening tips, how-tos and sneak peeks into gardens around the great state of Oklahoma, just as it has for the past 46 years.
Casey Hentges, who returns for her fifth season as host, said one of the show’s biggest projects will revolve around bermudagrass eradication research.
“Our research is looking at bermudagrass eradication using chemical, organic and natural grass killers, as well as mechanical management practices such as tillage, solarization and covering with cardboard and mulch,” Hentges said. “We decided to highlight this on the show because of the rising interest in sustainable gardening and the constant battle gardeners face with bermudagrass. This research is directly intended for the homeowner who wants to make a garden bed in a typical, established backyard. Because of the focus of the research, we’re only using products that are readily available to a consumer.”
Hentges said the bermudagrass plots were established at the end of last season and have been treated once in the meantime. The show will focus on 30 different treatments, replicated three times for a total of 90 plots. The plots will be revisited regularly throughout the season and Hentges will further evaluate the different treatments. You can take a look back at the launch of this project at https://youtu.be/ym0WDvUYoto.
In keeping with tradition, Oklahoma Gardening will hit the road and travel to the southwest region of the state. Stay tuned to see what exciting things the crew discovers there.
“I’m really excited about this season and our crew has been working hard to get things ready in the garden. Our goal is to continue offering our viewers diverse information about ornamentals, edibles and integrated pest management, as well as highlighting plants that grow well here in Oklahoma’s challenging climate and landscape,” Hentges said.
Check out the show’s website at www.oklahomagardening.okstate.edu for direct links, as well as video clips of the program, links to gardening resources, a link to recipes featured on the show and much more.
Oklahoma Gardening airs every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. on local OETA channels. There are no worries for those who happen to miss an episode. If viewers are unable to watch on television, they can subscribe to the Oklahoma Gardening YouTube channel and see full shows or search for specific segments at their convenience.
Oklahoma Gardening also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University is the home of the Oklahoma Gardening studio garden and is located west of Stillwater on the north side of Highway 51. The show is produced by OSU Extension, OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Agricultural Communications Services.