Not surprisingly, we field a wide variety of garden-related questions on a regular basis -- everything from "what IS this plant?!" to "what should I do NOW with my garden space?" Some questions are easy to answer, and others are tricky (to say the least). And in far too many cases, the best answer is
Independence Gardens is proud to be sponsoring a fundraiser for Zenger Farm's new Urban Grange! *Tickets are available via EventBrite, and if you can't make the event but still want to contribute to the cause, you can do so on EventBrite till Sunday, August 18. Of course, we hope to see you there, but encourage
In early spring, there are four basic options for planting your edible garden: Seed indoors: Plant your seeds in a seed-starting setup indoors; your goal is to give them a head-start so that when the conditions are right and you transplant them outdoors, they will be able to grow to maturity much more quickly than
Starting seeds is one great way to take the first steps into spring, and we wanted to offer some inspiration along those lines: But in case you're ogling this picture, thinking that this is exactly what you want your seed-starting setup to look like...please make sure you think that thought all the way through. This example
Mother Earth can generally plan her own business pretty well, and it’s a good thing, too: fundamentally, the success of our gardens hinges on the stability of those natural cycles and predictability of larger patterns. Planning your garden effectively involves being aware of the constraints and opportunities created by constantly changing external circumstances, and doing
I was alerted recently to the fact that I tend to use that phrase a little bit too often. Well...here's my excuse: 'tis always the season for something in the garden! On this, the first day of November, we're still in the midst of fall garden cleanup and winterizing. Yes⎯this means that if you haven’t
20 x 20 community garden plot - before cleanup Just wanted to share a few good pictures of recent garden cleanups. 'Tis the season; good luck with yours, and let us know if you need a hand!!
'Tis the time of year for work parties: a chance to harness people-power to make a really big difference, really fast, in your garden space. But sometimes the garden doesn't get ready right on schedule for your big day. So, how to best prepare to leverage all that potential energy into rapid change? The most
Mulch--that is, material (usually organic) laid on the soil surface--is a tremendous ally in the garden. It helps protect plants during the growing season and soil in the off-season and adds organic matter, over time increasing soil microbial activity and improving soil health. Sheet mulching in particular is a very effective way to keep weeds
When you’re venturing out into the garden and you want to learn more, we would certainly love to help you. Although we're not teaching a lot of classes right now, you can find many of our slideshows and handouts at SlideShare.net/IndependenceGardensPDX. And in the meantime, lucky for you, we're not the only game in town!