Saturday, July 5, 2008

Knee-high by the 4th of July

Since my last post about the heat... we went through that bit of weather known as "Juneuary". But! temperatures have straightened up and seem to be steady and making every one's crops and gardens a lot happier.

It was so welcome to see our first sunflower open a couple of weeks ago on the solstice weekend. Strong and happy in the little strip between sidewalk and road. Signaling summer. And the popcorn patch is indeed knee-high. Woo hoo !

Vern Nelson wrote a really cool column on sunflowers on the same day. His latest one on strawberries is good, too.

EVENTS coming up!

Metro's Garden of Natural Delights 10am to 4pm Sunday, July 13th - free !

Oregon Lavender Festival July 12 - 13th

Urban Chicken-keeping Workshop at Growing Gardens; a more advanced workshop for current owners this Saturday, July 12th from 2-4pm

Organic Farming & Gardening courses at Zenger Farm on 11741 SE Foster Rd on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm

Pistils Nursery
has a lot of great workshops coming up including: water gardens, chickens, year-round gardening, mushrooms, herbal tea gardens!

TOUR DE COOP ! - The 5th Annual Portland Tour de Coops including over 20 coops, a bicycle tour and a raffle - is Saturday, July 26th from 11am-3pm

Tour Booklet pre-sales will start at People's Coop and Garden Fever! on July 18th. Day-of Tour Booklets will also be sold on July 26th from 10:30am-1pm at both locations. The tour booklets are $5/person or $3/biker and contain all information necessary for taking the tour.

I think our ladies are going to be in the tour, so you may meet them soon...



PRODUCT NOTES:


* Sluggo is back in stock

* Teufel Compost is still out until mid to late August. In the meantime, we've got a great 3cf Black Gold Soil Conditioner & Compost, with peat moss and a lot of organic amendments: bat guano, kelp, feather meal and more.


LINKS:
Red Pig Tools

These tools look and I have heard are amazing. Made locally by Bob & Rita Denman in Boring, OR. The website is very charming, too : )


My Pet Chicken

A great place to still order chicks from or to plan for next spring. You can buy a minimum of 3 and pay a bit extra for females = no more rooster heartache! Yay!!


WRITING

I love this poem by Baron Wormser, A Quiet Life. It begins:
What a person desires in life is a properly boiled egg...

A farmer recently recommended the book - The Worst Hard Times, by Timothy Egan. About the change in farming that led to the Dust Bowl storms of the 1930's.

Also, we still have copies of Edible Portland, which features an article on author M.F.K. Fisher and In Good Tilth, with an article on what seeds to start this summer for your fall and winter garden! here for free in the shop.

As the summer weeds become a bit unruly, I close with the tag line for one of Red Pig Tools' "Weed Yank: Jerk out those little jerks"

Happy farming and gardening!

Naomi