No, it’s a good thing! If you came down to help plant spring bulbs this afternoon, you were too late! What I thought would take all day, the planting of 700 spring bulbs and 200 Garlic bulbs, was achieved through teamwork in two short hours. Big squishy day-after-Christmas kisses to the bulb busting team of Jim, Glenna (my awesome in-laws visiting from Bend), John (who always gets genius points), neighbors Jim, Patty, Pat and Daniel. Thanks, also, to Margaret from Woodstock and Glynis from North Portland who were just a few minutes too late but it was still lovely to see them. We also have a confirmed 1200 gallons of water in the cistern! Just imagine those Spring blooms popping up all over the place…followed by Spring, Summer and Fall native bushes and flowers, various perennials and wildflowers. It’s going to be a bug and bird paradise.
February is the time for bed allocation. You know you want one, so stay tuned!
Happy holidays to everyone.
Do you want to give one more present this year, after the festivities are over? A little of your time in the garden would be grand. Please join us at the garden on Friday, yes, Friday the day after Christmas anytime after 9am.
Dennis 7 Dees has donated their end of year bulb stock and it really must be planted asap! How many bulbs are we talking about? 900ish! So we could really use some help. Thanks so much to 7 Dees for all the support
Can’t you just imagine what it will look like in the Spring, though? Bring your visiting relatives down to help and then bring them back by in the summer, wouldn’t that be fun?
Just wanted to share some November Pics:
- winter veg and ground covers planted-check
- a hillside full of native shrubs and perennial flowers-check
- water storage system storing water-check
- two rain gardens ready for overflow-check
- covered deck flooring laid-check
Let the hibernation begin…
Also, I spent a very pleasant morning a few weeks ago meeting with the founder of the Robinwood Community Garden in West Linn (West Linn is my home away from home these days). We exchanged good tips, garden ideas and some of our organizer woes as we strolled through the rich landscape of the garden. Thank you for your time and energy, Lisa. It was an inspiration.
Over the winter months, another neighborhood project is brewing. We hope you will take a moment to give us your input on this art project that aims to beautify underused storefronts on Foster Rd.
We are still looking to involve more building owners if you know one or are one…
If you came out to the Dennis 7 Dees craft bazaar on Saturday, you know there were tons of really cool Oregon businesses selling everything from “shrubs” (delicious flavored sipping vinegars) to alligator jerky and reclaimed glass lawn ornaments (I just love those). You would have seen me stationed at the front of the event, thanking people for coming and supporting 7 Dee’s, which is supporting the FPCG! The table rental fees they collected, $1000, will go completely to a project in the garden. Will it be the other 10 beds or another cistern? You’ll have to stay tuned for Spring plans…
Also, there is a nice new article about the garden’s progress in the current copy of the Sellwood Bee
The Dennis 7 Dees Craft Bazaar is happening tomorrow, Saturday November 1st from 10-3! This is not just neighborhood fun, it’s a fundraiser for the Foster Powell Community Garden! C’mon, shop some Portland crafts right in the hood and help support FPCG. I’ll be there ready to talk community garden with you, come by and say hi!
In the hours leading up to the Fall Fest, we toyed with cancelling the event…
As we put the finishing touches on lighted canopies and decorated tables, the whole thing started going sideways, and I mean that pretty literally.
That’s when neighbors Allyson and Andy stepped in to offer their front porch as an alternative site! Just 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the event, we stripped the canopies and moved everything next door… and a good time was had by all. Our first annual Fall Fest and impromptu House party raised over $200 for garden activities and I’m pretty sure we greeted over 100 neighbors throughout the evening.
Special thanks to Allyson and Andy #1 (for house and cupcakes-we could not have done this without you), Sandy and Donna (my mom and sis who flew in from Virginia to help with the event), Cecilia (who baked 5 exquisite cakes and made countless other goodies), Monica and Jennifer from Midpoint Cafe for scrumptious rice krispy treats, John and Andy #2 (for setting it all up and taking it all down), Andy #3 and Chyna for letting us borrow canopies, SE Uplift for loaning us tables and chairs, Daniel for helping with clean up and a huge thanks to everyone who braved the weather to celebrate the garden with us.
The favorite garden t-shirt slogans are:
- #1-Make peas with your neighbors
- #2 FoPo gardeners do it in raised beds
- #3 No rain, no gain.
“Cisterns are doin’ it for themselves” was a close 4th.
Our raffle winners have been chosen and all will be contacted this week:
- Erica and Adrianna each get a bamboo vase
- Margaret gets a ceramic pumpkin
- and the ceramic platter was gone before I even saw who won it!
Don’t forget you can help support the garden by going to the Dennis 7 Dee’s craft bazaar on Saturday, November 1st from 10-3pm. Proceeds from the event production go to the Foster Powell Community Garden this year!
That’s a wrap, neighbors. Thank you.