Joel In The Garden

What to plant now? 'Lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage'

What to plant now? 'Lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage'

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EUGENE, Ore. - A rack of seed packets at Decker Nursery show endless possibilities for spring.

“People have lost so much stuff in their yards that they're so anxious to get started again,” Mary Decker said.

Mary Decker is anxious as well, waiting for more young flowers to arrive, which will add more color and give her something else to look at other than a pile of gnarly asparagus roots.

“They're about the ugliest things you've ever seen, but just spread them out,” Decker said.

A sunny day can be a productive day in the garden. It's still a little to early to think about planting peppers and tomatoes outside, but there are plenty of other seeds that you can put down.

“Lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, that type of thing; your cold crops,” Decker said. 

Decker says now is a perfect time to bury some of those ugly asparagus roots. Just make sure you loosen up the soil first.

“Because if you've got heavy clay soil, you'd better build beds up,” Decker said. “They need the hottest sun they can get.”

You can make an easier transition for your plant starts by composting with things like potting mix or grass clippings. I've also planted a few strawberry and rhubarb starts and am using straw for ground cover to keep out invasive weeds and grass.

Peas and radishes can also be planted now. But beans should be planted after danger of frost.