Event updates for our “Party for a Cause”

The party we're hosting is an opportunity to meet like-minded folks and enjoy a beautiful evening at a working farm...AND it's a benefit for the Urban Grange, the new building that will allow Zenger Farm to double its already amazing programming. This relaxing and rewarding evening out features: Food -- tamales, tacos, and make-your-own sandwiches

By | August 19th, 2014|Sustainable business, Upcoming events|0 Comments

2014 Fundraiser for Zenger Farm’s Urban Grange

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 23 from 5-8 pm! Independence Gardens is proud to be sponsoring our second fundraiser for Zenger Farm's new Urban Grange! Why is Independence Gardens sponsoring a fundraiser for this project? First, we believe that it is important for our business to support the non-profit organizations in our community that

By | July 2nd, 2014|Announcements, Upcoming events|0 Comments

Watering wisely

This is the time of year I field the most questions about watering best practices. When should I water? For how long? What equipment works best? Do I always personally have to take care of it, or can I please just automate my system? My answer tends to unfold along the following lines: 1. It depends!! (Sorry -- I know that's an annoying

By | June 2nd, 2014|Garden information|0 Comments

Summer planting in Portlandia

If you're interested in planting "main season" crops this year, here is a chart for you! Lucky. You have SO many options...

By | May 15th, 2014|Garden information|0 Comments

April is the time to clean, organize, and build!

As the rain starts to think about slacking off, it's time to to spend the first few precious sunny days (and evenings) in the garden. Some plants (peas, arugula, lettuces, kale, etc.) are already in the ground, but the majority of summer annuals need warmer weather to get started. This means that April is a

By | April 1st, 2014|Garden information|0 Comments

How to deal with slugs

What's slimy, ravenous, and absolutely thrilled by April showers? Mmm hmm, you got it: slugs. Slugs and their garden mollusk cousins, snails, are Northwest gardeners' constant companions at this time of year. They tend to cause a lot of trouble, and a lot of grief, and our gardening lives wouldn't be the same without 'em! Here

By | March 24th, 2014|Garden information, Recipes|0 Comments

Loving your garden!

Happy V-Day, everyone! While we would highly encourage you to take a nice romantic walk with someone special in your garden (and/or whatever else floats your boat) today, we want to help shift the focus of your loving energies. To that end, here are a few love-themed tips and tricks for displaying your affection for your

By | February 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

MORE places to find good seeds

Well, it's that time again, folks. While the weather outside is wintry, it's time to check out gardeners' eye candy, AKA seed catalogues! We still assume that most people who are checking out our website are Pacific Northwesterners. So here’s a few additions to the existing list of seed companies that are suitable for gardeners in our area:

By | January 25th, 2014|Garden information, Local food|0 Comments

New Year’s resolutions in the garden

We hope that you're enjoying the gradual return of the light as we move through this odd-weather winter and into what promises to be a brilliant new year! During this season, we've resolved to help our clients and community members carry out their new year's resolutions. Here are a few common commitments (from USA.gov), on which a garden can help us

By | January 11th, 2014|Stories|0 Comments

Celebrating World Toilet Day

Today is one of our favorite days of the year! You might think, given our focus on growing (and eating) good food, that this exciting day is Thanksgiving. But no, that's not it. The day I am talking about is World Toilet Day.As edible gardeners, especially in the slow season, we get a chance to think

By | November 19th, 2013|Sustainable business, Upcoming events|0 Comments