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Portland Fruit Tree Project

Since I am gardenless this season after our recent move, I am completely dependent on local farms and generous friends to help fill our harvest basket. I was delighted to discover a local non-profit called the Portland Fruit Tree Project just as harvest season began to roll in, which has kept us up to our… Read more »

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Let’s Hang Out This Saturday

Planting season is upon us! There are baby chicks to pick up! Your garden soil needs fresh compost! And I want to meet you! These are all excellent reasons for you to stop by and say hello to me while I hang out at Wilco’s garden store in Cornelius┬áthis Saturday, March 15th. I’ll be there… Read more »

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Edible Hedge of Artichokes

Artichokes are hard-working, versatile additions to any edible landscape. They are perennial plants, which means they will come back year after year. One of my favorite vegetables, we eagerly harvest their unopened flower heads from spring through the fall. Artichokes also make an excellent edible hedge. I planted a row of them from 4″ pots… Read more »

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Homesteader Reunion Weekend

Suitcases are being packed for Labor Day weekend – a sign that summer is coming to a close and fall is knocking on our door. I am being whisked away to the Homestead National Monument of America in the gorgeous state of Nebraska for the Homesteader Reunion Weekend that takes place over the holiday weekend…. Read more »

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Fo-Po Garden Tour

This past weekend I had the pleasure of touring several gardens during the annual Foster-Powell Garden Tour. It was a relaxing way to spend a sunny Saturday and find some garden inspiration. Here is a sampling of the gems I observed. There were surprises up in the trees in many gardens. These lanterns would make… Read more »

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Upcoming Event: Eugene Home & Garden Show

This Sunday at 1pm I will be speaking and signing copies of my book, Modern Homestead, at the Eugene Home & Garden Show. I have always wanted to attend the show because I know lots of my favorite local nurseries are there talking about edible landscaping. It will be a treat to share some ideas… Read more »

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Portland Book Event This Saturday

In Other Words is a great shop in Portland specializing in feminist literature and I am proud to have an event there this weekend! They are the feminist bookstore featured in Portlandia, which is a hilarious show in case you haven’t seen it yet. I will be there at 4:00pm this Saturday July 30th. I… Read more »

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Changing Weekend Plans

I have a book signing tomorrow (Saturday) in Portland at the St. Johns Bookstore at 10:30am that I have been looking forward to for weeks. It’s a cute little independently owned shop and the farmer’s market will be going on just a block away. Our original plan was to stay up for a long weekend… Read more »

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Charming Seattle

I am smitten with Seattle after my fun, albeit short, weekend up north. All of these years I have known there is something cool going on up in Seattle, but my trips up there have missed it. Maybe I was in the wrong area or with people who also didn’t really know the city. But… Read more »