Thursday, February 11, 2010

Planning for This Year's Edible Garden

Fresh off a minor success from last year's front yard garden at my little urban dwelling, I'm thinking about this next growing season and which sorts of crops to grow... I saved seeds from a few of last year's heirloom peas, and I'm anxious to see how they do this time around!

My friend is hosting a seed starting party in a few weeks, and we're all divvying up the supplies. One brings soil, a few bring seeds, some others bring planting containers. A nice way to spread the cost, spread the knowledge, and share encouragement.

Front Yard Garden ~ Spring 2009

If you're near Portland and looking for inspiration this year, take a peek at the schedule of free seminars being offered at this weekend's Yard, Garden & Patio Show. Tickets to get into the show and display gardens cost $7-11 depending on coupons (see their website for details), but the opportunity to sit and learn from guest speakers is entirely free of charge.

A few of note:
Friday, February 12
DIY Seed Starting Station (11am-noon)
How to Grow Heirloom Vegetables: Techniques for Growing Heirloom Vegetables Year-Round Friday (3-4pm)

Saturday, February 13
Growing Food in Containers (11am-noon)

Sunday, February 14
What's New in the Vegetable Garden (10:30-11:30am)
Pruning Grapes, Blueberries, and Fruit Trees (11am-noon)
Edible Gardening 101: How to Grow a Great Garden (2pm-3pm)
Grow Your Own Delicious Fruit (3pm-4pm)

You can walk in off the street, grab a handout, listen and learn, and walk away inspired and empowered. And if the sights and sounds from inside the show are too much of a temptation to resist...come in and find me. I'll be wandering the aisles.


My beautiful open pollinated radish...
Territorial Seeds

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