Oklahoma’s Veggie Gardeners Prepare for Spring

Jan 10, 2022, 23:13 PM

HGTV Star Darren Keefe demonstrates building raised beds

The OKC Home + Garden Show, January 21-23, is the premier garden event of the year with hundreds of vendors, including horticulture experts! From the most skilled and ambitious backyard farmers to the novice planters among us, this show offers resources, advice and supplies for anyone seeking to grow their own produce this spring.  

Boasting live demonstrations for DIYers, Darren Keefe of HGTV’s Extreme Makeover will present tips and tricks to help visitors tackle easy crafting and renovation projects. Keefe will be at the show Friday and Saturday at the Urban Farming Feature to demonstrate how to build raised garden beds that meet the needs of your space and growing goals. Keefe’s demonstration will help attendees explore the many ways to adapt a garden to fit their space, from homeowners with lots of room to grow to renters looking for a temporary option. 

The Urban Farming Feature guides visitors through backyard fruit and vegetable gardening basics. Lessons like Keefe’s raised beds take a little extra effort before planting but the payoff is big! A raised bed has several benefits. They look nice, they make planting easier on your back, and most importantly they help grow healthier veggies. Weed and pest prevention is easier with a raised bed, plus the improved drainage lets plants thrive. Thanks to warmer temperatures in a raised bed, as opposed to planting right in the ground, gardeners may choose to start working toward the spring harvest several weeks in advance.

After creating the perfect space for a veggie garden, visit vendors like Conscious Community Co-op to plan what you should grow. Learn which plants will yield the most food for your family and what will work best in Oklahoma’s unique climate.

The show takes place at the Bennett Event Center at the OKC Fairgrounds. Enjoy features like the Urban Farming Feature, Landscapers Lane, GROWE Flower Truck, the Pet Plaza, and the Homegrown Marketplace for products made right here in Oklahoma, all open Friday, 12 to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit oklahomacityhomeshow.com for more information and discounted advance tickets.