Why we signed the Oregon Business Climate Declaration

We joined other Oregon businesses in signing the Oregon Business Climate Declaration in order to inspire the public, policymakers, and other business leaders to seize the social and economic opportunities presented by tackling climate change. Businesses like ours are supporting households, organizations, and political entities at all levels to take action on climate change; we believe that by doing so, we are contributing to an … Read More

2014 Fundraiser for Zenger Farm’s Urban Grange

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 23 from 5-8 pm! Independence Gardens is proud to be sponsoring our second fundraiser for Zenger Farm’s new Urban Grange! Why is Independence Gardens sponsoring a fundraiser for this project? First, we believe that it is important for our business to support the non-profit organizations in our community that are helping people enjoy the … Read More

Watering wisely

This is the time of year I field the most questions about watering best practices. When should I water? For how long? What equipment works best? Do I always personally have to take care of it, or can I please just automate my system? My answer tends to unfold along the following lines: 1. It depends!! (Sorry — I know that’s an annoying answer. But it really does!)2. … Read More

Summer planting in Portlandia

If you’re interested in planting “main season” crops this year, here is a chart for you! Lucky. You have SO many options…

April is the time to clean, organize, and build!

As the rain starts to think about slacking off, it’s time to to spend the first few precious sunny days (and evenings) in the garden. Some plants (peas, arugula, lettuces, kale, etc.) are already in the ground, but the majority of summer annuals need warmer weather to get started. This means that April is a great time to get the … Read More

How to deal with slugs

What’s slimy, ravenous, and absolutely thrilled by April showers? Mmm hmm, you got it: slugs. Slugs and their garden mollusk cousins, snails, are Northwest gardeners’ constant companions at this time of year. They tend to cause a lot of trouble, and a lot of grief, and our gardening lives wouldn’t be the same without ’em! Here are our favorite methods of dealing … Read More

Loving your garden!

Happy V-Day, everyone! While we would highly encourage you to take a nice romantic walk with someone special in your garden (and/or whatever else floats your boat) today, we want to help shift the focus of your loving energies. To that end, here are a few love-themed tips and tricks for displaying your affection for your special garden spaces.Cover UP!Think Victorian … Read More

MORE places to find good seeds

Well, it’s that time again, folks. While the weather outside is wintry, it’s time to check out gardeners’ eye candy, AKA seed catalogues! We still assume that most people who are checking out our website are Pacific Northwesterners. So here’s a few additions to the existing list of seed companies that are suitable for gardeners in our area: Baker Creek [no offense to the … Read More

New Year’s resolutions in the garden

We hope that you’re enjoying the gradual return of the light as we move through this odd-weather winter and into what promises to be a brilliant new year! During this season, we’ve resolved to help our clients and community members carry out their new year’s resolutions. Here are a few common commitments (from USA.gov), on which a garden can help us all follow through: Get Fit / Lose Weight / Manage … Read More

Celebrating World Toilet Day

Today is one of our favorite days of the year! You might think, given our focus on growing (and eating) good food, that this exciting day is Thanksgiving. But no, that’s not it. The day I am talking about is World Toilet Day.As edible gardeners, especially in the slow season, we get a chance to think beyond the immediate benefits of … Read More