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Hey Grand Lakers! How about this crazy weather? Who would have thought we would have 78 degree temperatures in February.

Don’t go do anything silly like planting warm weather crops, because it is Oklahoma and we can drop right back down to 18 degrees in a heartbeat.

However, do take advantage of the warm weather to get the gardens cleaned out and ready for planting early spring crops.

I spent Monday cleaning out the leaves, old broccoli plants, and other dead stuff and cut the asparagus fronds back because they will start producing in a few weeks.

After cleaning up and adding some mushroom compost, the onions can go in this week as well.

If you don’t have an asparagus patch and want to get one started, now is the time to do that.

Cool weather veggie plants that can go in the garden now are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, and chard.

These should start becoming available to buy at garden centers now.

Seeds for beets, carrots, peas, spinach and turnips can also be planted. And of course, potatoes.

Don’t forget to water because we are getting no rain to speak of.

If you aren’t quite ready to jump in with vegetables, look for some herbs to buy to get an early start on the herb garden. I bought a good size Rosemary plant at TLC a couple of weeks ago.

I finally planted it in a large pot so I can move it inside if needed. Rosemary can take cold temperatures but I don’t want to chance it with a fairly young plant.

Mint, oregano, chives, cilantro, parsley and sage plants will also be available at the garden centers soon, so start watching for your favorite herbs.

Get outside and soak up the sunshine and don’t forget to come see us at the restaurant…Enjoy the Earth! Diana