Joel In The Garden

'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'

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EUGENE, Ore. - As a warm June comes to an end, many gardeners are planning for fall a bit early.

“Things that wouldn't typically bloom until July are now on their way out. So that's why it's good to add a little spark of color and prepare for what's happening next,” Cheri McNabb said.

Now can be a good time to plant any more colorful annuals or even some vibrant perennials.

“The main thing with dahlias, you have to deal with the bugs. They love them,” Mary Decker said.

Decker Nursery in Alvadore is currently offering a number of colorful dahlias.

In the vegetable garden, the warm June has been a great month in terms of growth for both tomatoes and cucumbers, but it's been downright lethal for growing things from seed, specifically, carrots.

“They're little, tiny roots and little, tiny seeds. They usually come up really thick,” Decker said.

But as fast as those tender veggies pop up, they can die just as quickly.

“If they don't get watered every day, they can dry out really fast and once they've dried out, they're gone,” Decker said.

Decker recommends keeping any young tender veggies shaded and watered until they're established. But she says it's not too late to plant a few more vine plants.

“You can even put seeds in the ground right now for cucumbers, watermelon, that kind of stuff and it'll come up really fast,” Decker said.

Right now, several tomato plants are starting to bear early fruit and pea plants are producing which will be quickly followed by fast climbing pole beans.

Carrots prefer loose, sandy soil. You can try scattering your seeds on top of the soil and covering them with vermiculite. Then, you can cover them with burlap to hold in moisture and water them twice a day until you start to see seedlings emerge.