Joel In The Garden

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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Grass always greener? Lawn care tips

Grass always greener? Lawn care tips »Play Video
Leland Halberg

May is a good month to give your lawn a boost.

And if the grass is always greener in your neighbor's yard, there are things you can do to improve your grass.

Jerry’s Home Improvement offers a new seed variety made special for the Willamette Valley.

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Spring cleaning: 'It's just that season for getting everything tidied up'

Spring cleaning: 'It's just that season for getting everything tidied up' »Play Video
The Spring Clean Up runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 1600 South B Street in Springfield. Baker says for anyone with plans to do any scavenging out of those big blue containers - that won't be allowed.

It's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work tidying up your yard.

People in Springfield get a one-day pass to throw out any clutter and the city will take it off their hands.

Plenty of yards around Springfield are in need of some TLC.

And this weekend, a line will be forming off A-street for the big spring clean-up.

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Time to plant tomatoes and cucumbers

Time to plant tomatoes and cucumbers »Play Video

This week Joel talks tomatoes, soil temps and meets the hosts of a Mother's Day plant sale in Walterville.


Many families will head to the greenhouse on Mother's Day weekend to find some color and some veggies for mom's backyard. Walterville's Late Bloomers Garden Club is hoping to raise some big money while helping people with their last-minute Mother's Day gifts.


“My dad used to tell me, don't put tomatoes in the ground before Memorial Day,” said Late Bloomers member Kay Kleven, “But when the sun comes out, we get anxious.”


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Garden pests: Control what's bugging you

Garden pests: Control what's bugging you »Play Video

Just as you're looking forward to some fresh fruit and veggies from the garden, others will want to take a bite out of it too.

Bugs and other pests like to help themselves to your plants, and if you're not careful, it can be a costly problem.

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Getting big results from a small garden space

Getting big results from a small garden space »Play Video

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.

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