Joel In The Garden

Getting big results from a small garden space

Getting big results from a small garden space

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CORVALLIS, Ore.— Gardens in the Willamette Valley are getting a good drink of water this week.

But once the rain stops, more people will begin planting everything from flowerpots to green beans.

And you don’t need a big backyard to have your own green space.

A group of Corvallis kindergarteners is getting a green thumb lesson.

“And then you put a lot of layers of dirt on there. Then, you plant it and then you wait. And that's it,” Franklin School kindergartener Katrina said.

The class at Franklin school is planting acorns, which are a big hit with squirrels. With luck, they'll one day grow into large oak trees. 

“You have to take it out (of the bucket) when it sprouts, or else it might get too big,” Katrina said.

“And now my backyard is bigger. But I have a little dark spot that my dad left me, so I may be able to plant it there,” Kindergartener Jonah said.

Even if you don't have space for something as large as an oak tree, there are plenty of varieties you can plant on your patio. Greenhouses are now carrying several smaller species of fruit trees and bushes like raspberries.
“It's a dwarf, thornless raspberry, which is just perfect for containers,” Stuart Leaton with Gray’s Garden Center said.

Gray's Garden Center carries a number of container shrubs, which Leaton says are growing in popularity. Now that Easter is over, he expects hanging baskets and annuals will become even more sought after.

“We're just now past the frost free date, which we use of April 15th, so you're going to see a lot of color, which means a lot of annuals on the market right now,” Leaton said.

Warmer temps mean you can also plant a few more veggies in the garden, including green beans. Before you plant, you should check if it's a bush or a pole variety, the seed packet will tell you. Bush beans take up more space, but pole beans need something to climb. One other difference between pole and bush beans; pole beans keep producing as you pick them, while bush beans typically produce most of their beans in one harvest.