July Garden News: Hooray for rain!

A big thanks to the garden volunteers this past weekend: Adrianna, Toby and Roux, Patty, Nick, Richie, Steve, Violet and Matt. Hope I didn’t forget anyone… It always amazes me when work that has needed doing for months is suddenly done in hours! Not only did we clear excess material from the lot, we started constructing a greenhouse/ish thing and a kids area. We did knock off early to enjoy the rain on Saturday and the garden is looking stronger and greener for it. One other thing we did-the community produce stand has been placed at the corner of Powell and 62nd. I placed the first zucchini and a pint of Sungold tomatoes from our community plot in it on Sunday and returned today to find a pepper! The system works! This is a place for extra fruit and vegetables to be placed by not only the community garden participants, but area neighbors as well and taken by anyone who will eat it. Give, take. Enjoy.


Next work parties are BIG! Please come and help if you have any availability 10-2 on these days: Friday, August 28th, Saturday August 29th, and probably a while on Sunday August 30th if needed. We will have our second cistern to place, beds to construct and fill with dirt, lots of dry plants to trim. We can work on the greenhouse thing and the kid’s area (there will be painting opportunities).

Looking forward to seeing the garden finished, soon! The beds we are building in August will be available in February, once we’ve got water to support them. Get on the wait list now if you’d like a plot in this extraordinary community garden! (email 62ndgarden@gmail.com)

Also, only 2 days left to vote for the second Foster Window Project! Vote here!  230 people have already voted and we are still neck and neck!

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July and August Work parties: We need your help!

IMG_20150620_101734_027[1]IMG_20150620_114257_393[1]IMG_20150620_113358_081[1] IMG_20150620_113858_320[1]It’s time to finish building the garden and we need all of our neighbors to pitch in. We have 4 work parties scheduled now through the end of August.

This coming Friday and Saturday (July 24th and 25th) from 10-2: These work parties are going to be about clearing space. We are expecting our second cistern to arrive in mid August so we won’t be finishing the beds until that monster has been placed. We need to get ready for the cistern and beds by moving wood piles, chip and dirt piles, finish the ramp for the meeting area, weed and cut down dry debris from the planting areas. Also, it’s about time we gave the natives on the hillside a drink if we want to see them next year!

August 28th and 29th (also Friday and Saturday from 10-2): These work parties are going to be the most fun. We’ll be placing the final 10 beds, filling them with dirt (using a DINGO) and hooking up our second cistern. These beds will be available for rental in February 2016 (once the cistern has had a good long drink) making the garden plan completely functional.

There are a few other projects on back burners and we’ll take all the help we can get to see these things come to life:

  • The free produce stand is ready, it just needs to be placed, locked to the outside of the gate and filled with fruit and veg.
  • A corn-hole game that we can bring out for garden events. I’m willing to make bean bags and provide some wood if anyone wants to make the box.
  • A ramp in front of the shed.
  • A greenhouse-probably not much of a budget to complete it and space permitting, whatever is left (of space and budget) once the beds and cistern are installed.
  • Potting bench (we have palette wood for this project).
  • Kids play area- we have log seats, paint and a kids kitchen.
  • A wooden picnic table (anybody got one to donate or want to build one for us?)

Also, don’t forget to participate in the Foster Window Project voting which is going on now through July 31st. Vote for your favorite story and help turn it into a 3-D window display on Foster Rd. in August!

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Sunshine, Water and Love

We’re off to a great start. The plots are growing vegetables, plot holders and volunteers are looking after the place and getting to know each other, and we are poised to finish construction in the coming months. I even here we have a Frankenstein tomato/potato graft growing here! That’s some amazing stuff and I can’t wait to see how it goes! We are, of course watching our water closely in this first year of veggie production, the natives and flowers are doing fine on their own. I found a great resource with some water saving tips. I’ve shared them and this great website with our gardeners, here they are for you, as well:

WATERING TIPS FROM A PRO (printable PDF): info consolidated from www.rodsgarden.50megs.com/waterwise.htm

We are thinking, also, of how to use the garden to strengthen the community. We are working on refurbishing a little produce stand and have reserved one bed to be grown for community food donations (where we donate it will depend on how big the harvest is). You will see the cart and community bed come together as the summer comes on. It occurs to me that our little cart may be just the start. I think it would be amazing if there was a free produce stand on every block, where neighbors could share their extras. I’ve whipped up this little sign with some clip art (and translations we had done professionally). Here it is, printable, in case anyone else wants to make a free produce stand for their block.

Free produce (Printable PDF)

Free produce

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The garden tour is just around the corner (June 20th) and the weeds are starting to win again in the community garden! If you can spare some time this weekend, we need you! Please bring gloves and tools as we are always short! We’ll be in the garden today, Friday and tomorrow, Saturday from 10-2 (or longer). The front walk needs weeding badly and is accessible at any time. We also have building projects to work on. Hope to see you soon!

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May flowers

As we go into this lovely first May weekend, I bet most of us have green on the brain. Here are a few of the lovely scenes in the Foster Powell Community Garden right now. These images come courtesy of a great work party that happened last Saturday. Thanks to all of our volunteers that day, we got so much done. I’ve lost my list of volunteers but I remember about 8 people. I’ll revise this post if I find their names. The next work parties will be at the end of May. We’ll be preparing for the neighborhood garden tour which happens on June 20th this year so we’ll be finishing off some building projects as well as the usual weeding. Join us for some volunteer garden work and good-neighborly fun on Friday, May 29th and/or Saturday May 30th from 10-2pm.


a blurry shot of our first apple


community donation plot

a plot for growing food donations, thanks to neighbors Matt, Vicki, 7-Dees for the contents



look who’s home in the mason bee house! Thanks Jessica, for the bees and the knowledge!

may_flowers mayflowers2 pinwheel

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Plant Sale and Fundraiser: that’s a wrap, now back to work!

The plant sale fundraiser and raffle was a success! We raised $361 for garden projects! It was a beautiful day and lots of neighbors strolled through, picked out plants, and sipped coffee donated by the Spritely Bean. At the end of the day, young neighbor, Adrianna reached into the raffle box and pulled out the winners: Neighbor Sarah was on hand to receive the ceramic platter. Congratulations to Sarah, and to Erica who won the Lucky Larder class gift certificate, to Katy who won $20 in gift certificates at the Spritely Bean, to Emily who won the Meadowlark Medicinals gift basket and, finally, to Shannon who won the use of garden bed #1 in the community garden for a year! Welcome Shannon!

It’s already the last weekend of the month so we will be working in the garden from 10-2 this Friday (today) and Saturday, please volunteer some of your time to weed, plant, help build and more.

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The annual Foster Powell Community Garden raffle and plant sale fundraiser is this Sunday, April 19th from 9-3.

We will have some excellent raffle prizes (tickets are $1 each):

  • One years use of Bed #1 in the community garden
  • A ceramic platter made so locally you can see the artist’s reflection over your shoulder as you look at it!
  • Gift certificates for our newest coffee shop, the Spritely Bean (also providing donated coffee refreshment at the sale because they are just that nice)
  • A gift certificate from The Lucky Larder at the Portland Mercado (good for admission to an introductory canning or fermentation class). You can check out The Lucky Larder FB page or website, luckylarder.com.

And don’t forget the PLANTS! It’s like a plant yard sale. Many neighbors have contributes starts, bulbs, trees and bushes. I understand some of our plants even came from Hillsboro (thanks for the love, Hillperson Carol!) If you’re in the mood to support your community garden, we are in the mood to make a deal and send you home with the plant of your dreams!

Got something to donate but didn’t make it in to the drop off? Aw, ok. Just bring it tomorrow, we don’t mind. Thrifty shoppers might consider an early and a late day trip to see what has shown up later…

I won’t really know until tomorrow but I expect there could be some baked goods and trinkets for sale, there will be neighborhood info available, sidewalk chalk for drawing on the cistern and who know what else…

Come! Walk around and look at the garden, hang out and chat with neighbors, admire the community meeting area, head home with good stuff!

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