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Garden education opportunities

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!

By | March 8th, 2012|Garden information|1 Comment

Seed-starting schedule

Ever wondered when to sow seeds indoors so that you'll have starts available when it's time to transplant them outdoors? Check out this chart (which we created for 2012, but which is generally fairly accurate year-to-year!). This is designed to give you a timeline to follow, but remember: plants can and will grow outside of

By | February 13th, 2012|Garden information|0 Comments

Where to find local, organic, heirloom seeds

'Tis the season for seed catalogues! We assume that most people who are checking out our website are Pacific Northwesterners. Probably Oregonians. Perhaps Portlanders. So here's a list of local, organic, heirloom edible-focused seed companies that are suitable for gardeners in our area: Adaptive Seed Co. Botanical Interests Ed Hume Seeds (web only) Horizon Herbs

By | December 1st, 2011|Garden information|2 Comments

Are we landscapers?

What’s the simplest way to describe people who design, install, and maintain outdoor environments? Well, they’re “landscapers,” of course! But that one word doesn’t quite fit all. In the general arena of landcare professionals, there are a lot of specific types of work to be done: landscape design, landscape maintenance, backyard farming, edible landscaping, landscape

By | September 27th, 2011|About us|0 Comments

Putting your garden to bed for the winter

Summer gardens tend to be bigger, size-wise, than fall/winter gardens, so it’s normal to be looking at some empty garden space during the off-season. Here are a few basic goals for that space: Protect the soil from compaction, erosion, and nutrient loss due to hard winter rains Suppress weeds, which can still grow through our

By | September 12th, 2011|Garden information|2 Comments

How to sheet mulch

Lasagna gardening (a.k.a. sheet mulching) is a slow composting method that is used to create and maintain planting areas. It is useful during the growing season for controlling weeds and keeping soil healthy, and it is an especially easy way to transition from lawn to garden during the “off-season.” You can lay down raw materials

By | September 11th, 2011|Garden information|0 Comments

I can compost WHAT?

Composting can be complicated. But it doesn't have to be! The first step in setting up a successful compost system (and the only step we'll cover here) is knowing what you can put in your pile. You might be familiar with some of the no-nos: meat, bones, dairy, fat, and garbage. And you might have

By | July 17th, 2011|Garden information|0 Comments

What you need to know about fall gardens

In the Portland metro area, we are lucky. Very lucky, in fact. With the right planning and preparation, we can harvest year-round from our edible gardens. What follow are some of the pieces of information we find most crucial for planning and planting successful fall gardens. First Frost Date The #1 factor in planning your

By | June 28th, 2011|Garden information|0 Comments

Weeds, Part II: Weeds worth watching

It might be worth stating, as a start to this blog entry, that we don't view any plant as inherently BAD. Nope, not even weeds! Weeds are just plants doing the work they were programmed to do, in conditions favorable to their survival that we've either actively encouraged or passively allowed to exist. However, in

By | April 21st, 2011|Garden information|0 Comments

Weeds, Part I: A weed, by any other name

It's spring! Even as the rain keeps coming down between the sunbreaks, we're starting to see flowers bloom...garlic stretch to the sky...pea shoots unfurl...and weeds start to get a foothold in our overwintered gardens. We did the first spring weeding in our garden a few days ago, and sheet mulched a fenceline border

By | April 4th, 2011|Garden information|0 Comments