Joel In The Garden

Ice storm damage may still lurk underground

Ice storm damage may still lurk underground »Play Video

Cleanup from this month's ice storm continues around Eugene and Springfield.

But there are other winter damages that may still be undiscovered.

“In about a month, when we start to warm up a little bit, we're definitely going to find a lot of breaks, broken backflows, things of that nature,” said Dean Wahrenbrock, an irrigation tech for Graham Landscape.

If your underground sprinkler system wasn't properly winterized, it may have suffered a break following a few nights of subzero temps.

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Flowers offer an early dose of spring

Flowers offer an early dose of spring »Play Video

Spring flowers are starting to spring up around Oregon.

And this weekend, several gardeners will head to one greenhouse outside Eugene to snatch up an early bloomer that can survive just about anything

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Buy spring chicks now for eggs by July 4

Buy spring chicks now for eggs by July 4 »Play Video
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If you're hoping to raise a few spring chickens, winter is the time to buy them.

You can find a variety of newly hatched chicks that'll soon give you fresh eggs every week.

And if you’re new to poultry, you need not be intimidated by the hobby.

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'The trees are asleep and it's a great time to get them planted'

'The trees are asleep and it's a great time to get them planted' »Play Video
Now is a good time to plant and prune

If you're hoping to grow your own fresh fruit, now is a good time to think about planting.

Advice is easy to find for both planting and trimming fruit trees. Amateur orchard growers have their pick of fresh inventory. New shipments of young bare root trees are in stock at several places in Eugene and Springfield.

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Put your garden skills to work at a park

Put your garden skills to work at a park »Play Video
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

Feed your garden while it slumbers »Play Video
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

From your garden to the Thanksgiving table »Play Video
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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