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Meet your gardening coach, Dee Nash!

Meet your gardening coach, Dee Nash!

Photo courtesy of Dee Nash

Friends and fans often tell Oklahoma gardening expert Dee Nash they have “brown thumbs.” Dee doesn’t buy it — she believes everyone can garden and has the tips to help make your green dreams come true!   

At OKL, we have the great opportunity to work with Dee, and on this First Day of Spring, we’re inviting you to pop over to her garden and get to know her too.

When did you fall in love with gardening? 

I started with houseplants when I was 13. I spent a lot of time making macramé in those days with my mom, and I grew a ton of houseplants in a sunny east window. It’s neat to see macramé coming back — It brings back a lot of great memories for me! 

In college, I like to say I studied journalism with an emphasis in botany. I was fortunate as a journalism student I could take science electives. I fell in love with botany and took every class I could. 

Photo courtesy of Dee Nash

Your book, “The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff” has been met with rave reviews. Where did that inspiration come from?

My children and their friends were the first ones to be raised in families who worked outside the home. On our property, we had chickens and acreage for gardening. When my kids’ friends would come over, it was so fun to see them learn in action because they often didn't know where a tomato came from, or that chickens were the ones that laid the eggs. 

It then hit me no one was really speaking to millennials about gardening. My goal is to leave a legacy of teaching the next generation about gardening. Just like homemaking and fixing engines in cars, gardening is a life skill. I love to serve as a coach and encourage young people to give gardening a shot.

What will you be doing on the first day of spring?

You will be able to find me outside for sure. I plan to plant pansies this year and I’m looking forward to getting potatoes in the ground as well. A good rule of thumb I have is to plant them around St. Patrick’s Day every year. 

For those without a lot of space, you can easily plant potatoes in pots as well. You will be amazed at how incredible they taste! 

How can OKL readers get more tips from you?

I have a new garden podcast, “The Gardenangelists,” that spreads the “good news” about gardening. One of my closest friends is doing it with me and we are having so much fun. 

I enjoy hearing from OKL readers with comments and questions. You can find me on my podcast, blog or social media any time! OKL Article End

Want to learn more? Head over to our Oklahoma Outside page to get inspired for your spring and summer gardening! 

Listen in and "live the garden life" each week with Carol Michel and Dee Nash, both passionate gardeners, authors, and long-time bloggers, as they chat over the garden fence about "flowers, veggies, and all the best dirt." Click here to check it out!