Joel In The Garden

'Why is my plant not performing as I want it to?'

'Why is my plant not performing as I want it to?'
Pete Peterson

In the dog days of summer, it's easy to sit back and wait for your plants to produce.
 
But this time of year, many of those plants need to be looked after, including regular watering.

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Summer! Time to plan for fall in the garden

Summer! Time to plan for fall in the garden »Play Video

Fall seems like a long way off in the midst of our July heat.

But garden experts say right now is prime time to figure out what you want to harvest come October.

This week in the garden, we'll tell you why now is a such a good time to start planning for fall.

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'You can see we're going to get a bumper crop'

'You can see we're going to get a bumper crop'

Several days in the 90s may have you feeling Arizona this week.

But that doesn't mean your garden patch is going to burn up.

This week in the garden, we'll tell you what some gardeners are doing to stay cool as a cucumber.

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Fourth of July and the garden: 'Knock on wood'

Fourth of July and the garden: 'Knock on wood'
Tomatoes by July 4? Wishful thinking.

Gardeners are already enjoying some of their produce in time for their Fourth of July picnics.

But the sweet corn and tomatoes will have to wait.

This week in the garden, we'll tell you why if you're a little late to the party, you can still try for a fall crop.

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'Things that wouldn't typically bloom until July are now on their way out'

'Things that wouldn't typically bloom until July are now on their way out' »Play Video

We finally saw some rain in the Willamette Valley this week, which is good news for thirsty plants.

Some veggies are loving the heat, while others can die after just one dry day.

And if you’re struggling to grow carrots, you’re not alone.

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Build a tomato trellis: 'Help support the plant'

Build a tomato trellis: 'Help support the plant' »Play Video
The whole purpose of a trellis is to help support the plant for sun exposure and make sure there's adequate air between the branches so you're not encouraging fungal disease.

Now is an ideal time to be planting the rest of your starts in the garden.

And many tomato plants are already taking root in Eugene and Springfield.

This week in the garden, we'll look at some ways to build your own tomato trellis.

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Warm and dry June leads gardeners to water early

Warm and dry June leads gardeners to water early »Play Video
Plants are thirsty this year

June in Oregon normally starts off cool and wet.

But so far, we've already seen 80s and sun.

This week in the garden, we'll talk about some ways to keep your young plants healthy.

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A vine time was had by all: 'They just grow and grow'

A vine time was had by all: 'They just grow and grow' »Play Video
PVC trellis ala Joel

If your yard or garden is looking a bit bare, some vines will quickly add some color.

But if you're not careful, they can quickly run wild.

That’s why building your own trellis can keep your plants under control.

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War on weeds: 'If you break off that root, then you just get regrowth'

War on weeds: 'If you break off that root, then you just get regrowth' »Play Video
Randy Rogers says Kevlar garden gloves resist both thorns and sharp tools.

Flowers and vegetables are fast growing at this time of year - and so are the weeds.

Targeting weeds becomes a bigger job during warmer months.

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