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Happy Memorial Day Grand Lakers! Spring is moving out and summer is on the way! And what a prosperous spring it has been.

Right now the gardens, lawns and fields are lush and green with the warm sunny days and plenty of rain we have been getting.

The plants are soaking it all up, which enables them to do the necessary biological functions to exist.

Nature will continue to provide all these things, except the rain will begin to wane at some point and we have to jump in and water.

So where does that water go when we pour it into the pot?

Boat Garden Grand Lake OK

Well, the plant turns water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugars by a process known as photosynthesis.

The water starts a slow upward trek inside the stems to the leaves and then evaporates through tiny pores in the leaves (this is called transpiration), allowing the carbon dioxide into the plant, and photosynthesis to occur.

This process of transpiration also helps keep the plant cool, kind of like when we perspire.

Of course a good amount of the water is used to keep the stems filled and rigid to hold the weight of leaves, flowers and fruit.

So if you don’t have your veggies planted yet, according to the Oklahoma Gardener magazine, you can still plant the following vegetables in May: beans (bush, Lima, pole), cucumber, eggplant, cantaloupe, okra, pepper, pumpkin, summer and winter squash, sweet potato, tomato and watermelon.

WOW, that is a lot of options there.

Once planted, mulch to cool the soil, hold in moisture and keep the weeds down. Make sure the mulch is not touching the stems, keep it about an inch out.

The Saturday Morning Market is going full speed ahead.

We have a beautiful array of vegetables, tamales, free-range chicken eggs and grass fed beef.

Come and see us from 9:00-1:00 Saturday Morning! Enjoy the Earth! Diana (Oh, and that picture…it’s the Boat Garden on May 23rd – WOW!)