Homemade Herbal Salve

We did this with our campers at Buckman awhile back, and it was a lot of fun. You can easily do this at home! Some of the many commonly available plants that are good to use in salve include: Calendula: Calendula Officinalis Lavender: Lavandula Angustifolia Plantain: Plantago Major Self-Heal:

By | August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What do I do with the extra fruits and veggies from my garden?!

There’s nothing better than looking out into the garden and seeing the sheer BOUNTY of the summertime harvest. But there’s a point at which all that fresh organic produce becomes too much: too much for the table, too much for the tummy, too much for the fridge and freezer…just a bit too much. Don’t let

By | August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

By | September 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

By | July 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

By | June 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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...

By | May 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

By | April 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

By | March 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

By | February 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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:

By | January 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments