Retirees learn techniques for container gardening Feb. 18 at Stillwater Public Library

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Feb. 13, 2015) –– On Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m., Randy Freeland and Laura Payne will present a program on helping retirees turn their brown thumbs green in “Container Gardening.” The class is part of the OSU Emeriti Association’s monthly retirement series, “Making the Most of Retirement,” which meets each month at Stillwater Public Library

According to Payne, a Master Gardener, container gardening is the perfect solution for retirees who enjoy growing their own flowers and vegetables.

“When doing this type of gardening, you can use raised beds and set containers on ledges and other raised areas,” said Payne. “This takes out some of the stooping or bending you typically have to do to access a garden.  In addition, containers can easily be moved out of the sun on very hot days, so that you can more comfortably plant, deadhead and prune.”

Container gardening does have its own challenges though.

“You really have to keep a good balance on watering,” said Payne. “You must keep the containers hydrated, while be careful not to over-water.

“Pretty much anything, like vegetables, flowers, herbs, can be grown in a container depending on their size, location and water supply. However, there are also certain types of plants that do better in containers than others. Small pots need fairly drought resistant plants, unless you want to water daily during the hot summer.”

Payne is a Master Gardener and the volunteer coordinator at the OSU Botanical Gardens. She will be assisting Freeland with the presentation. Freeland is retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is also a Master Gardener.

“Making the Most of Retirement” is free and open to all retirees.  It meets the third Wednesday of each month.  On March 18, Louise Schroeder will present “What to Consider When Selecting Where to Live,” and on April 15, Faye Ann and Glade Presnal will discuss “Planning the Perfect Cruise.”

For more information, visit or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at