Joel In The Garden

'There are another at least half dozen that look like they're ready'

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EUGENE, Ore. - Gardeners at Alton Baker Park are finding a mixed bag in the summer of 2014.

Deb Moulton is trying to figure out exactly why her peppers never took off.

“We started the seedlings in April and they haven't done much this year,” Moulton said.

While things are a bit sparse for Moulton, Lee Weichselbaum is watching a vicious land battle. His tomatoes and cucumbers have each launched an offensive to take over his growing space.

“Competition. They're competing for the sun,” Weichselbaum said.

Not to be outdone, his acorn squash is producing in record fashion.

“I've already harvested four of them. There are another at least half dozen that look like they're ready,” Weichselbaum said.

The picking and the watering gets to be an almost every day job around this time of year. And for your cucumbers, it's tough to tell just where the plant begins and where it ends. So here's something you can try if you don't have a drip system or soaker hose installed. Tie a colorful piece of string or twine to the base of the plant. That way, it's easy to spot when you water so you can find it and water right to the root.

“August, September, October and they'll bloom in May. And now's the time to start planting bulbs,” gardener Ed Teague said.

Ed Teague credits a cold winter for his flowers doing well. A little too well in some cases.

“It's hard to walk through here even. They shouldn't be this crowded,” Teague said.

That's why Teague is digging up and splitting off many of his iris bulbs, while planting a few new varieties. Meanwhile, Moulton has her eye on fall while planting a few more pumpkins.

“They were starts I started at the greenhouse at home and so we'll just put it into the ground and see what happens,” Moulton said.

With over a month of warm growing days left, sweet corn is beginning to tassel but the majority of tomatoes have yet to change color. If your seeds didn't grow successfully, that can be caused by a number of things, including planting too deeply, planting in cold soil, watering too much or too little and pests.