Garden School: Herbal Balms

October 10
Note: this is a 2-hour class, fee is $15
10 am to noon
1016 NW 32nd St.

Yatar combines herbs from his garden, beeswax from his hives, olive oil and essential oils to formulate balms with specific beneficial qualities. Yatar will demonstrate how he makes his herbal beeswax healing balms, as well as the bamboo containers that he creates to hold his balms. With Yatar’s guidance, each participant will make their own bamboo container, and a customized herbal balm to fill it.

Instructor: Yatar Layah, gardener and founder of It’s the Balm.


Covid-19 Consideration
: in order to maintain a high level of safety, please be prepared to wear a mask and keep a 6-foot distance from others. We ask that you forego attendance if you are feeling sick or have a raised temperature.

See the full list of classes at the education tab on our website (subject to change.)

Cover Crop Seed Sale

Cover Crop Seed Available Now! 
Early October is the perfect time to plant cover crops to improve the health of your soil. Choose a small packet for $2 (covers 100 sq. ft.) or large for $5 (covers 500 sq. ft.)
Our mixes include winter rye, Austrian winter peas, and crimson clover, as well as daikon radish & mustard (opt.)
Cover crops are a simple, inexpensive and highly effective way to improve the quality of your soil.

Available for purchase during our seedling sale on Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm, or Thursdays 4-6 pm.

Our neighborhood farmer’s market, The Paseo Farmers Market, (where our partner-farmers make their food and plants available) has moved its operation into a permanent location and extended its hours! Just across the street from this summer’s pickup spot, the new location is at 3020 N. Walker (just south, next door, to The Mayan.) Ordering is online and pickup is Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. AND, plans are in the works to open an in-person retail store, Paseo Food Cooperative.
It’s very exciting to have this great outlet and resource in our community, for growers and eaters alike! Check out all the possibilities at

Look at the Food Forest!

My, how it grows……and feeds many! Catch a glimpse of the hummingbird video (below.)


Hummingbird feasts in the food forest.

Bio Swale/Pollinator/Rain Garden

We can imagine a time when a block of Oklahoma City residents come together and create rain gardens in the strip between the curb on the sidewalk in front of every house on their street. They wouldn’t have to be as elaborate as the one we made at CommonWealth, but they would slow the water rushing down the street during a rain enough for some of it to sink into the ground and be filtered more than it is now when it reaches the city’s water treatment plant. The shallow gardens would be filled with pollinator plants to help filter the water and feed bees and butterflies.

We’ve learned a lot in the process of creating the rain and pollinator garden at CommonWealth. It’s a beauty and it’s doing its job well. We were fortunate to get funding for the project from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Oklahoma County Conservation District. Many thanks to Jenna Moore for grant assistance, Kevin Mink of the OCCD for extensive help with design and implementation, intern Andrew Johnson, all the volunteers, including Ryan Smith, and many thanks to Lia, for directing the project.

Come check it out!