Joel In The Garden

After record-wet September, mushrooms invade lawns

After record-wet September, mushrooms invade lawns »Play Video
“I don't think anybody's going to get poisoned by eating them raw because they taste bad anyway," Bruce Newhouse said. "And when you cook them, they smell terrible, even worse!”

October is an ideal month for foragers in Oregon.

Many of them enjoy venturing out of town to find a variety of wild, edible mushrooms.

And while a rainy September was good news for edible mushroom foragers, Eugene homeowners are now finding more non-edible mushrooms popping up in their yards.

“Five years ago, 10 years ago, hardly any of this was around. And all of a sudden in the last five or 10 years, it's just exploded,” Bruce Newhouse said.

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Time to plant garlic

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“Onions generally don't have to be in the ground as long,” Adam Cole said. Cole is a purchaser at Down to Earth in Eugene. “You can plant onions now for late spring harvest or you could plant onions in the spring for a mid-summer harvest.”

Not all garden veggies need heat and sun to grow.

Fall is an ideal time to plant both onions and garlic.

At the end of the season, I've got my garden plot mostly cleaned out.

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Fall in the garden: Cool weather crops and anti-snail measures

Fall in the garden: Cool weather crops and anti-snail measures
Remove spent plants and crab grass to cut down on snail habitat this fall.

With the rain and shorter days, things slow down in the garden in the fall. But fall is a good time to clean up any used-up vegetable plants and weeds and crab grass because it keeps the snails and slugs under control.

Turn your garden bounty into salsa

Turn your garden bounty into salsa
JP's homemade salsa mix

As you bring in the harvest, you can extend your garden vegetables into the fall and winter by canning salsa.

Gad-zukes! Pick ripe zucchini - before it's too late

Gad-zukes! Pick ripe zucchini - before it's too late
Duck, duck, zuke!

he late summer harvest is on, and while gardeners wait for their tomatoes to turn red before they pick them off the vine, other veggies are better picked while they're young.

Got tomatoes? Sun-dry recipe

Got tomatoes? Sun-dry recipe
Meanwhile, a few tomatoes are turning red and peppers are ready to pick, which means gardeners are another week closer to making salsa.

Excess cherry tomatoes from the garden? Make sun-dried tomatoes.

Cucumber conundrum? Make quick work of cukes

Cucumber conundrum? Make quick work of cukes

Gardeners are picking plenty of cucumbers off the vines. But those green veggies don’t stay fresh for very long. That means gardeners have to work fast in order to make pickles.