Winter Pruning

To be the best gardener you can be, it’s important to know the inner workings of your plants and understand that dormancy is in effect, a rejuvenating process. Dormant-season pruning is the best for several reasons: it encourages flower and fruit, and promotes strong growth and health by getting rid of sickly or diseased plant…

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Dormancy: a ballad of hope

Pulling some favorite poetry books and mystery novels off the shelf, I realized that the seasonal process of drawing inward had already begun without even really noticing. As colder weather approaches, we begin a healing and reinvigorating process that will last through the winter months and that expresses itself

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Stewarding Your First Garden

I love Portland for its bastion of dedicated gardeners, green thumb heretics, and impassioned seed savers. For the pollinator habitats, rain gardens, and sheet mulching hacks happening on every corner. Though, for first-time gardeners,

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Shifting miracles

Perhaps it’s an inevitable cliché —starting your gardening blog by talking about the weather. But, as a season moves in, a season moves out, and with it, we gardeners witness these interrelated, shifting miracles:

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Whiffs of autumn

Dear PDX Urban Farmers, Walking home the other evening, I found myself moving through cool pockets of air, experiencing a certain relief, with another clear sign of fall’s approach. I don’t know about you, but these whiffs of autumn are clear in my garden too–

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