Good Gardening

Good Gardening: Onions

Apr 2, 2018
John Fischer

Onions are a prime ingredient in so many recipes.   There are three ways to grow onions- seeds, starts, and sets.  Two won't surprise you, but one involves suspended animation.

Good Gardening: Plants Know Best

Mar 5, 2018
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I have a mental calendar of when plants should bloom, and I should put seeds in the ground for my vegetable garden. I rarely follow the schedule, and the plants never do.

Good Gardening: Hops

Feb 4, 2018

Hops: A plant that produces no seeds and flavors beer. Just in time for the KLCC Brewfest February 9th and 10th at the Lane Events Center in Eugene, KLCC’s John Fisher takes a close look at hops in this month’s Good Gardening.

Good Gardening: Fresh Pears In Winter

Dec 4, 2017
John Fischer

I love fresh home grown fruit. Especially fruit that lasts into the winter. We all know that apples store well, but most people are not as familiar with the winter storage pears. They grow well in Oregon, and if the only pear you have is a Bartlett, you need to expand your orchard.

Good Gardening: Fall Garden Clean-up

Nov 6, 2017
John Fischer

The fall garden clean-up is a tradition that has been hurting birds and other wildlife for decades.  Our desire to have a clean landscape after harvest season often means removing plant material that would decompose naturally over the cold months, and provide food for overwintering birds-- and there are a lot of them.

Good Gardening: End Of The Season

Oct 3, 2017
John Fischer

I spent some time on a recent sunny afternoon, looking back on a long and fruitful life wondering what I would change if I could do it all over again.

Good Gardening: Saving Your Seeds

Sep 11, 2017
John Fischer

September is the time of year your plants are doing double duty-- producing a crop, and trying to set seed.

Roasting Garden Veggies Brings Out The Flavor

Aug 8, 2017
John Fischer

We put a lot of work into our gardens so we can eat- fresh delicious vegetables.

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We all know that stealing is wrong.  But there is an exception-stealing from your own garden.

Good Gardening: Freezer Jam

Jun 5, 2017
John Fischer

The first sweet juicy morsels of Oregon's legendary berry crop are starting to show up in area gardens, and local farmers markets.  

John Fischer

After a long- longest if you count rainy days- winter, we, and our plants are itching to get outside, and soak up some sun.

Good Gardening: Tulips And Daffodils

Apr 5, 2017
John Fischer

This is a terrible time to plant tulips or daffodils.  But it is the perfect time to get inspired by a colorful spring spectacle that has it's roots in a fall planting ritual.

Good Gardening: Plant Sharing

Mar 8, 2017
John Fischer

40 plus years ago, while living in Northern California, I brought raspberry plants to my parents in Salem.  Years later, I brought offspring of those plants to my garden in Eugene. 

Good Gardening: A Primer On Bare Root Planting

Feb 6, 2017
John Fischer

Bare root tree and shrub planting time is almost here.  Bare root plants are packed in wet sawdust or shavings, You can get them pre-packaged, but I like going through the bins at local nurseries. You'll see the roots before you buy the tree.

Good Gardening: Gifts For The Gardener

Dec 5, 2016
John Fischer

 If you are looking for a gift for the gardener in your life, I have a few ideas that will make the garden more productive, the gardener more comfortable, and the house quieter.

John Fischer

When you plant a dozen tulip bulbs in Wisconsin, you get 12 blooms the first spring, 8 the next, and one or two by the third year. The cold climate is tough on the showiest flowers of spring.

In Oregon, Vine-Ripened Tomatoes Not Always Best

Sep 12, 2016
John Fischer

Good Gardening's John Fischer says because Oregon's summer nights are cool, it's better to ripen garden tomatoes indoors to get the best flavor.

Good Gardening: Picking Pears

Aug 1, 2016
John Fischer


If you like fresh fruit, the phrase tree ripened makes you drool.  But there are important exceptions to the rule.  You need to pick your Bartlett pears while they are firm, green, and mature, so they can ripen into the soft, yellow, juicy fruit you love.

Good Gardening: Cats In The Garden

Jun 7, 2016
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  I like cats- sometimes.  Burl Ives likes cats.  (Music from "Here Kitty").  But when I'm sifting my fingers through the soft spring soil preparing to put seeds in the ground, and I find the surprises the cats have left for me, I don't like them- at all.

Good Gardening: Plant And Eat Leeks In April

Apr 4, 2016
John Fischer

  Everybody has a favorite vegetable. I have a favorite for each month- well two- a favorite to plant, and a favorite to eat. For April they are both leeks. We are finishing off the last few of the wonderful midwinter harvest planted last April, and it is time to put in a new crop for next year.

Good Gardening: No Rototiller

Mar 7, 2016
John Fischer

The weather has warmed, the soil is dry (er), and  the spring planting season has begun- Gentlemen, don't start your engines.

Good Gardening: Growing Kiwi Fruit

Jan 6, 2016
John Fischer

At this point in the winter, fresh fruit may seem like a long forgotten dream.  The frozen blue berries, and dried pears do a valiant job of substituting,  But if you want juicy moist fruit on your cereal, or in your lunch box you might think it has to spend time on a boat first, and come from the southern hemisphere.

Good Gardening - Cold Benefits

Dec 7, 2015
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You might think the recent cold weather over Thanksgiving was bad for your garden. John Fischer tells us the opposite is true.

Good Gardening: Trench Composting

Oct 5, 2015
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Good Gardening: Fall Fruit Selection

Sep 15, 2015
John Fischer

If you are planning to plant a fruit tree in the future there are a few things you should do right now.
  (Crunch Crunch)
Firsht, shelect the ploper barity - ok, first finish that bite of apple.

John Fischer

Ah the sounds of summer sprinklers  For many people, keeping the grass green is a  long standing tradition.  That tradition was brought from areas that have wet summers, and naturally green grass in July.

Good Gardening: Spraying Pests

Jun 1, 2015
John Fischer

Spring started early this year. That's been good for your salad bowl, and tomato prospects, but there is a downside to early onset warm weather syndrome.

Good Gardening: Replanting

May 4, 2015
John Fischer

  A lot of you have already put in your vegetable gardens.  A few sunny warm days often causes an outbreak of planting fever.  But for some crops it's still to early to plant, and for others you'll need to replant several times during the season to keep a good harvest coming.
  Melons, cucumbers, basil, and most squash need warm soil to live long and prosper.  Put them in too early- either as starts or seeds, and the plants will struggle all season.  Wait until late May, and you basil will be knee high by the 4th of July.

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As spring rears its lovely head, you may find some of your holdover plants doing the same thing.  Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Kale and other cruciferous vegetables are producing seed heads right now.
  Broccoli,  Cauliflower, and Romanesco, are bred to produce a huge flower bud- that you eat.  But the flower buds on collard greens, cabbage, bok choy, Arugula,  and the like are nutritious, tasty, and available.

Good Gardening: Colorful Stems

Feb 2, 2015
John Fischer

Winter in Oregon is gray, wet, grey, cloudy, and often gray.  While the evergreens that symbolize the state provide some dark color to the landscape, a few plants seem to defy the "I'll just blend in here if you don't mind" look.
  Colorful stemmed dogwoods and willows almost glow in shades of yellow, orange, red, and purple from the day the leaves fall off in fall until they are muted again by leaves in the spring.