Category Archives: Plant of the Day

Go oaks!

My last few weeks have been focused on Oregon white oak, Quercus garryana. Did you know that much of the Willamette Valley, including Portland, and the Columbia River Gorge were once home to oak savannah and oak woodland? These incredibly … Continue reading

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Farming with Friends

A couple years ago I helped my friends Kjell and Kim get started gardening in their back yard in Northeast Portland. They were enthusiastic and had a great first year, but life intervened the next season and it got away … Continue reading

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Pickled Beets

  It’s time to harvest beets and make sweet beet pickles! They are a pretty addition to an appetizer tray, are great in salads with blue cheese and walnuts or just for snacking. I use the 1967 Ball Blue Book … Continue reading

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Lentils

One of my gardening goals has been to provide more of our own protein and iron, so this year I tried growing lentils. I haven’t heard of anyone in Portland growing them but they like cool, wet weather so I … Continue reading

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Winter dreams

When the new year arrives I usually meet it with lists, plans, strategies, maps and a clear vision for the months ahead. This year is.. quieter. Ideas are precipitating in a more organic fashion. Meanwhile, a little garden journaling: The … Continue reading

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Blue Elderberry

Blue Elderberry. Continue reading

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Evergreen huckleberry

Evergreen huckleberry. Continue reading

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