Joel In The Garden

Put your garden skills to work at a park

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Volunteers chip in at Mount Pisgah to clear invasive species and improve trails

This time of year, there's not much to be done in the yard or the garden.

But there are places around Eugene that are always looking for help. Volunteers at Mount Pisgah Arboretum pitch in every weekend.

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Gardeners, start your imaginations: 'Think about what you're going to do with your garden'

Gardeners, start your imaginations: 'Think about what you're going to do with your garden' »Play Video
It's time to think about seeds but not quite time to plant them

During our dry, chilly January, frost is still a factor. The majority of garden beds remain covered, which Adam Cole said is a good thing.

“But in general, you want to avoid working the soil when it's wet. You can really compact, do damage to your soil. It's better to stay off it,” Adam Cole said. Cole works at Down to Earth garden store in Eugene.

Cole said if you want to add something, azomite and bone meal can go a long way to boosting your plot before spring. 

“Think about what you're going to do with your garden, map it out. Look at seed catalogues. It's not quite time to put seeds out,” Cole said.

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Feed your garden while it slumbers

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Onions and garlic are some of the first garden plants to emerge in the New Year

Many gardeners are leaving their plots covered until the last threat of frost is over.

But now can be a good time to study up and plan for next season.

And there are places in Eugene where you can take gardening classes and find nutrients for your flower bed.

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Get the jump on spring flowers: 'They don't require much care at all'

Get the jump on spring flowers: 'They don't require much care at all' »Play Video

Most flowerbeds in Oregon won't start blooming for another month or two. But gardeners around Eugene and Springfield are finding ways to stay busy.

Two varieties of flowers are ready to plant and easy to care for.

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From your garden to the Thanksgiving table

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The stuffed squash once it’s done baking in the oven.

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for a successful season in the garden, especially for raspberries. But rather than just let them sit in the freezer all winter, I wanted to get a little bit creative and try a fun recipe with squash on Thanksgiving.

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Last-minute fall garden projects

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From your tools to your garden plot, it's easy to neglect both over the next few months.

As the days turn colder, many gardeners hang up their tools for the winter. For some, it's a bit unintentional. 

“People never use it for the last time,” Marvin Cowley said. “They always think, well, I'll need it one more time. Then the weather turns and they never use it. And one month becomes two months and it never gets done.”

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Leaves, compost, wood chips, manure: Time to amend your soil

Leaves, compost, wood chips, manure: Time to amend your soil »Play Video
Phil Johnson begins unloading a truck load of dairy manure to fertilize his plot.

The official start of winter is still weeks away, but gardening in Eugene doesn't come to screeching halt.

Winter lettuce is thriving, and I'm still finding some pretty good radishes and raspberries. But with their plots cleaned up, many gardeners are using this time to gather as much compost as they can get their hands on.

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Time to plant cover crops and spring bulbs

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The heat of summer is long gone, and most garden plots at Alton Baker park have been tidied up and covered for winter.

But garden supervisors say rotting plants that went unpicked will soon become a problem.


November 15 is the last day to clean up your plot if you don't plant until spring.  

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