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Grogg’s Green Barn Will Offer Organic Options

By KELSY LORIN TAYLOR
Web Editor and Feature Writer

GARDENING ADVICE: Kelly and Carla Grogg pause outside of their new business, Grogg’s Green Barn.



Beginning March 4, Grogg’s Green Barn will provide an organic gardening resource for individuals throughout the area. The business has been a dream of Kelly and Carla Grogg and they are excited to open its doors.

A unique shop will be the center of the grounds, which will offer an endless supply of everything needed for organic gardening. Durable goods will be displayed including old-fashioned reel mowers, rain barrels and ergonomic gardening tools. Organic herbicides and pesticides will also be available.

Outdoors, a large section of native plants will surround the shop. “All of the native plants are grown from seeds found throughout the area. They are hand gathered in fields and woods to ensure that the plants are truly native to the state,” explains Kelly. Traditional plants will also be available at Grogg’s Green Barn.

The business has already reached out to the community in a number of ways. Recently, they began a partnership with Global Gardening and have had the opportunity to work with area students. There are two sites in the area for this including Eugene Elementary of Tulsa Public Schools and Rosa Parks Elementary of Union Public Schools. Each participating student is provided with a plot of land that may be utilized in any way that they choose.

Many of the kids decide to grow fruits and vegetables, which they take home to their families. Kelly notes that, “It’s really rewarding to listen to their ideas and help create their gardens. In the end, every student learns about the organic means of gardening and why they are important. It is hoped that families of the students will be inspired to begin their own gardens at home.”

There are many ways to ensure a successful garden that the entire family will enjoy throughout the season. One tip is to add a layer of compost to the garden before planting. It is then suggested to have the soil tested to determine if there is a good balance of nutrients.

The best time to begin these gardens is toward the end of February explains Kelly. “Cold season crops may be planted while others should wait until the last freeze of the year. A good rule of thumb is that the weather is normally ideal for planting following April 15.

An important goal of Grogg’s Green Barn is to support as many businesses throughout the community as possible. Through this, plants and products will be brought in from the area. “In addition, the construction of the shop and preparation of the grounds were completed by architects and contractors based in Tulsa,” Kelly adds.

Grogg’s Green Barn is located at 10105 East 61st Street in Tulsa. For additional information, call 918-994-4222 or visit www.groggsgreenbarn.com.

Updated 03-18-2011

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