Carter County Master Gardeners moderated a question-and-answer panel at the recent Pansy Garden Club meeting.

Carter County Master Gardeners moderated a question-and-answer panel at the recent Pansy Garden Club meeting. Master Gardener Pat Neasbitt reminded everyone that horticultural questions don’t have one specific answer and many have several different ways of handling certain problems. After discussing many of the questions, a handout was provided with all of the questions asked by the members and the answers to each included. The panel consisted of Carter County Master Gardeners President Betty Sue Tow, Mark Davis, Wayne Spivey and Neasbitt as the moderator.

Spivey explained the “Okie Dirt” available from the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Operation Pride. He stated that “Okie Dirt” is basically the end product of treated sludge mixed with ground-up trees and shrub clippings. This makes a compost that can be used like any compost or as a mulch. It can be mixed with soil or used alone to plant directly into.

As mulch, it keeps down weeds, keeps the soil temperature cooler, and improves the soil as earthworms mix it with garden soil. It is best to call (580) 220-2811 on Thursday afternoons to check to see if it will be available the next day. It is on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Wastewater Treatment Plant, it will loaded on a trailer for the person and it must be covered with a tarp. At Operation Pride, individuals may pick it up any day but must show their water bill and load it themselves.

“Okie Dirt” is safe enough to put on yards, flower beds and vegetable gardens. The treated sludge meets all federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

Tow brought sun coleus, citronella plants and sedum and gave a demonstration of how to successfully root plants. Each member then did a cutting and planted their choice to take home.

Pansy Garden Club President Sandy Alexander, also a Master Gardener, thanked the CCMG for answering all of our questions and for the demonstration. She welcomed members and guest. Carolyn Graysneck led the blessing, and Pat Neasbitt led the Conservation Pledge and Flag Salutes. Jovita Black, Christmas Food Festival chairman, handed out tickets for the member to sell for the annual luncheon held the first Friday in December. Tickets are $5. The menu this year will be Indian Tacos and homemade cobbler. Serving time at the Ardmore Garden Center on December 4th will be from 11-2 which will include a bake sale. Delivery is available for 10 or more orders. Contact any garden club member for tickets or call Alexander at (580)657-4435 for more information.