"Ask Bea and Friends"

Bea and her friends have worked in public gardens for more than 40 years including the Oklahoma City Zoological Park, the Myriad Gardens and Will Rogers Park. Whenever they get together their favorite topic is gardening in Oklahoma. They’ve volunteered to answer your questions about your yard and garden. "Ask Bea and Friends" posts answers to questions they receive each week.

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Questions and Answers
A drooping plant indicates the plant is either getting too much water or not enough water.
Tour your neighborhood and see what's thriving. As you drive around town notice plants used at commercial buildings. Commercial buildings tend to use plants that thrive in our climate.
Vinca minor does very well in central Oklahoma. Many people will use Lariabe (aka monkey grass) as a plant that does a good job filling in areas other plants will not grow.
No. Over time the soil beneath the weed cloth gets in very poor condition and the weeds come through. Once you have to take it out with plants growing with it, it is very difficult. We much prefer using mulch, which is good for your soil.
Trees, shrubs and plants with red leaves should be planted in sun to maintain their color.
Radishes, lettuce, mint are all fast growing plants that kids can eat. Kids love to eat what they grow.
(May 28) No. The favorite plants for late planting are tomatoes, peppers and squash because they love heat.
The only one that we know of that has had any success (limited) is burying moth balls.
No. The sunlight at your window is too strong. Indirect is partial sunlight even if your plant sits behind shear window coverings it would still be too light. Try a north facing window that does not get direct light, which is too intense for the plant described. If you don't have a north facing wiindow, find a window partially blocked by trees or shrubs.
There are two or three plants that all local butterflies love: lantana, all of the milkweed family (asclepias) and any bright colored flower. In addition to these, different varieties of butterflies are attracted to different flowering plants, shrubs and trees. More flowers = more butterflies.