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Filberts 101 ~ In The Garden on KEZI

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EUGENE, Ore — Oregon’s state nut is the filbert, but what do you really know about filberts, also known as hazelnuts?

In this week’s ‘In The Garden,’ Caleb Johnson takes us in the classroom for “Filberts 101.”

“It’s a great tree. We have one of the best growing conditions for them. So there is lots of great Oregon farmers out there putting them in and selling them worldwide,” said Caleb Johnson, owner of Johnson Brothers Garden Market.

Johnson says filberts should be treated like a fruit tree.

“You want to prune them back in the fall, after you’ve done your harvest. You want to get your dormant sprays on them to prevent insects and disease. And then you need two filbert trees, unless you happen to live next to an orchard. What I mean is, you need two different varieties. They need to cross pollinate each other to get a decent amount of nuts,” added Johnson.

Johnson says it’s important for anyone growing filberts to make sure to not overfertilize them or add too much compost. Doing so can contribute to big green leaves, but not a lot of hazelnuts.

“When you do get your hazelnut harvest, don’t just crack them and eat them right out of the shell. They need to go through a drying process before you can eat them,” said Johnson.

Come and see our wonderful selection of plants! Johnson Brothers Garden Market is located at 91444 Coburg Road in Eugene.

KEZI In The Garden~ Fall Favorites!

Check out Caleb Johnson’s favorite plants!

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COBURG, Ore. – There are many plants that shine in the fall and they are some of Caleb Johnson’s favorites.

Paniculata Hydrangea, Nandina, Camellias, and Barberries are just a few plants that can be found at Johnson Brother’s Garden Market.

KEZI In The Garden ~ All About Fall!

Fall is here!

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Fall is here, and the gardening season is winding down, but there are things to do now to get ready for next spring.

“It’s a great time to plant trees, shrubs, beautiful annuals like astors, pansies, violas and mums. There’s so much color, and the conditions for planting is one of the best times of the year in the fall,” said Caleb Johnson, owner of Johnson Brothers Garden Market.

In addition to adding color to your yard, it’s still not too late to plant cold season vegetables like kale, lettuce and Brussels sprouts. Fall is also the right time to plant garlic and tulip bulbs that will emerge from the ground next spring.

Johnson also suggests thinning perennials.

“We can dig them up and divide them and give them more space for next year as well — so, a lot of good prep things you can do in the fall,” Johnson said.

Another item on the “to do” list — fertilize the lawn.

“Fertilize. Put some lime down to balance the pH to get rid of the moss — those pesky weeds as well — and get your lawn off to a much better start. Just do a little prep now,” Johnson said.

Come and see our wonderful selection of plants! Johnson Brothers Garden Market is located at 91444 Coburg Road in Eugene.

Gardening on a budget ~ In The Garden on KEZI

Caleb Johnson, owner of Johnson Brothers Garden Market, has insider tips for anyone gardening on a budget.

EUGENE, Ore – Whether you are tackling big or small garden projects this season, you can save money by planning in advance.

Caleb Johnson, owner of Johnson Brothers Garden Market, has insider tips to save cash.

“The number one thing you can do is to make a plan. Figure out what your top priority is– what do you want to get done in your yard? And stay focused when you come into the garden center,” Johnson said.

Another tip to save money is to grow plants from seed.  It takes a little bit longer, but Johnson says it’s a lot more economical. You can also purchase plants in packs including grower packs, jumbo packs, and 6-packs.

Johnson also suggests investing in bulbs that you plant once and enjoy for many seasons.

For anyone interested in trees and shrubs consider buying smaller sizes.

“Not everything is available in smaller sizes, but those that you can find, get them. You have to be a little patient. It’s going to make your dollars go a lot further putting in landscape type items,” added Johnson.

Johnson Brothers Garden Market is located at 91444 Coburg Road in Eugene.

In The Garden: Tips to getting your garden ready!

 

 

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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.