In The Garden: Tips to get your garden ready

In the Garden returns for a new season. Watch KEZI 9 News on Thursdays for gardening tips from Caleb Johnson from Johnson Brothers Garden Market.

Posted: Apr. 6, 2018 1:11 PM
Updated: Apr. 6, 2018 1:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- Rain may be in the forecast, but it's spring and it's time for planting.

Caleb Johnson, owner of Johnson Brothers Garden Market, kicks off a new season of "In The Garden" with tips to get your garden ready.

"The first thing is get rid of the weeds.  They are coming up. So spray them, pull them, put a pre-emergent down -- something to get them under control before you plant all your new plants," Johnson said.

It's still early in the season, but gardeners can plant cool season vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, and carrots. It's also a good time to plant cold season annuals.

"We got ranunculus, alyssum, lobelia, the list goes on. Plus, all of your perennials, and other trees and shrubs are good to go outside now."
 
For anyone feeling a little adventurous Johnson says consider planting seeds.

"Seeds would be great to get started now because the last frost is the beginning of May. So, if you plant now you'll have some starts ready to go when spring really kicks off in May."

Last but not least, prepare your soil by adding new soil and lime, and work it into the soil before you add plants.

"And then, get rid of the slugs. Because you know when you put in those new plants they are going to come for them. So put your slug bait down before you plant. If you prep before you plant, you are going to save yourself some work a little bit later," added Johnson.
 
Johnson Brothers Garden Market is located at 91444 Coburg Road in Eugene.

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