This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for a successful season in the garden, especially for raspberries. But rather than just let them sit in the freezer all winter, I wanted to get a little bit creative and try a fun recipe with squash on Thanksgiving.
From your tools to your garden plot, it's easy to neglect both over the next few months.
As the days turn colder, many gardeners hang up their tools for the winter. For some, it's a bit unintentional.
“People never use it for the last time,” Marvin Cowley said. “They always think, well, I'll need it one more time. Then the weather turns and they never use it. And one month becomes two months and it never gets done.”
The official start of winter is still weeks away, but gardening in Eugene doesn't come to screeching halt.
Winter lettuce is thriving, and I'm still finding some pretty good radishes and raspberries. But with their plots cleaned up, many gardeners are using this time to gather as much compost as they can get their hands on.
The heat of summer is long gone, and most garden plots at Alton Baker park have been tidied up and covered for winter.
But garden supervisors say rotting plants that went unpicked will soon become a problem.
November 15 is the last day to clean up your plot if you don't plant until spring.
Fall leaves are always pretty until they're blanketing your backyard.
But rather than blowing them away or tossing them into bags, you could be using them to boost your garden.
October is an ideal month for foragers in Oregon.
Many of them enjoy venturing out of town to find a variety of wild, edible mushrooms.
And while a rainy September was good news for edible mushroom foragers, Eugene homeowners are now finding more non-edible mushrooms popping up in their yards.
“Five years ago, 10 years ago, hardly any of this was around. And all of a sudden in the last five or 10 years, it's just exploded,” Bruce Newhouse said.
Not all garden veggies need heat and sun to grow.
Fall is an ideal time to plant both onions and garlic.
At the end of the season, I've got my garden plot mostly cleaned out.
Plastic forks in her flower bed keep the cats away.
But so far, Letha Jaennette has no fix for nagging grass in her flower bed.
With the rain and shorter days, things slow down in the garden in the fall. But fall is a good time to clean up any used-up vegetable plants and weeds and crab grass because it keeps the snails and slugs under control.
As you bring in the harvest, you can extend your garden vegetables into the fall and winter by canning salsa.