Friday, April 29, 2011


Blueberries - near full bloom.
Apples - early varieties near full bloom.
Pears and cherries - near the end of bloom.
Work hard this weekend.
Webworms out in big numbers. See webbing in trees.
Slug and snails - lots

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Peaches, plums, cherries and Asian pears are pretty much done pollinating.
Late pears, apples, blueberries, and strawberries are starting to show bloom.
Crops will look good, many some reduction in yield. Time always tells. With most tree fruits we only need 20% of the bloom for a good crop.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

This too shall pass

Another two partial rainy, cold days.
Eventually this bad weather will pass and we will be able to grow the tons of vegetables and fruit that we NEED to grow this year.
Blueberries blooming.
You can check the ovary of the fruit bloom with a razor blade to see if it has been frozen or NOT.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Saturday - huge plant sale

Lane County Master Gardener plant sale, EWEB in Eugene, under the bridge, 11am. Get there early. Thousands of great plants. Great prices, instant satisfaction and instant garden.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Two days left

Till, plant, transplant, protect.
Cover with Remay, put out milk bottles with water.
Put transplants out side a few hours each day to get them ready to move outside without burning.
Bittercress is starting to act like a good cover crop.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


While walking in a field, I noticed that there were a lot of dandelion plants. At close observation, the 12 spot cucumber beetles were all over the dandelion bloom.
So,in June, when the 12 spot beetles starts to move into the garden, have a row of blooming dandelion or zucchini and this should help keep the beetle off of the other garden plants!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Plant away!!!

Quickly get the plants in ASAP. However, the evening temps are low so cover the new plants with Remay cover, can be found in the garden stores.
Watch In The Garden each Tuesday and Thursday at 5:20pm., KEZI for new gardening hints.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another good day

Another day that we are closer to growing plants.
Good pollination.
Soil getting drier.
I got a sun burn two days ago!!!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just a few more days

Just a few more days and the soil will be ready.
Honeyberries are in full bloom.
Bees were out but will chilly.
\Found out that the 12 spot cucumber beetle s/like dandelions, the dandelions have a lot of 12 spot on them - a new trap crop!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Time to plant

OK,time to plant. Enough of the rain. (Looks good for Monday.
If you have raised beds, the good soil will allow you to plant. Plant any cole crops.
If you have wet, clay soil, cover with plastic or put up small greenhouses using BiMArt plastic rolls, rebar and flexible white plastic pipe.

Or plant into black plastic which will keep the soil and the black plastic will heat the soil.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


The cool season herbs can be planted, ie - thyme, rosemary, mint, valerian.

If soil is well drained, continue plating the cole crops.
Hold off in applying mulch as it will keep the soil wet and cold. Mulch around tree fruits or berries will slow the bloom development a little bit.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weather guess

Friday April 8 Many ask if this eternal winter will ever end.
Breezy rain will yield to showers and some breaks late Monday through Wednesday.
An unseasonably COLD upper level trough will dig into the Gulf of Alaska by mid-week, setting up atmospherics that will generate a rather intense April storm for the PNW by Thursday. The cold, WET system will pass Friday, with clearing, cool conditions next Saturday. Frost possible, if sky clears, esp east side; a mirror of this weekend, actually. Another shot of rain is possible late Sunday, Apr 17. However, model runs hint that a ridge of high pressure may, just may, build in to hold moisture west and north of the coast. THAT would yield a mild, dry couple of days starting next Sunday. We'll see.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Great day

No rain.
Mow grass, mulch yard.
Soil still wet, prep rototiller.
Peas and transplants ready to go into the garden.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hot, cold, snow, sleet, etc.

Talk about weird weather. I was in K Falls and while I was doing pruning, it became a white out. I checked Highway 97 - chains; Highway 58 - chains; so headed back to Eugene heading to Medford. All the way, rain, sleet, hail, rain.
One more good day. Take care of lawns, mulch flower areas; finish pruning; buy seeds and get ready to seed if the soil is tillable.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

No rain

Now you see why I don't predict the weather, just pass along what is reported.
Recommendation: Look out the window :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Rain :(

Hopefully you were able to get some planting done today, I did.
Three more days of rain.
Light the fire, get a good book, relax.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Four days of Spring

Very nice beginning of spring.
The next three days ARE said to be WET.
Hopefully everyone got the lawn mowed and some minor tilling done....soil is still very wet.
Get the peas in ASAP.
Weeds are rampant, mow, till, cut, mulch, kill.