Mid/late spring/April – more wet and cold

The second part of April has been equally rewarding. After so many months of nada, it’s been so wonderful to see all of my things growing and thriving. I hope they are getting strong while we have the rain, so that this summer, when things dry up, they have a good start to staying healthy….

Early spring/April – wet and cool

April has been mostly wet and chilly, with some days of sun. But everything perennial that I planted last year is coming up and looking okay! Ive started planting some things directly in the ground, since as of April 24th we are past the frost date. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in my garden….

OSU Master Gardener program – Lesson 7 (Container Gardening)

I’m now in week 7 of the Oregon State University Master Gardening program, online. We’ve gone through Basic Botany, Soils and Compost, Vegetable Gardening, Entomology, Sustainable Landscaping, and Container Gardening (this week). I have another two months to go, or so, and I have to say, I am savoring each and every week. This is…

New natives from EMSWCD – why natives are great for the garden!

Last weekend I planted my second “round” of natives purchased through discount programs the city and Audubon Society offer (separate programs). Fall and spring are the best times to plant natives, since there will be sufficient water from the rain to keep them irrigated and develop their root system before the long dry summer. The…

Update on the chickens!

The three chicks, Blondie, Blackie, and Baldie, are now about 10 weeks old. I’ve switched their feed to the next level, as directed by the feed shop, and Eric and I are in the last stages of planning the coop and house. We’ve sited it near the compost pile so I can easily deal with…

Early Buds – February 2014 Garden

We’ve had a combination of mild temperatures and longer days, with snow and damp cold. This winter weather isn’t stopping the buds from growing or new things to come out of the ground! The images below start with a comparison of one day snow, one day no snow. Here’s what’s happening around the garden. Also,…

Change of Pace: Barefoot Training 101 for Over-Pronators

This blog started as a means to track my experience training for the NYC Marathon back in 2004. Over the years it’s evolved based on my flights of fancy and changing interests (lately, gardening). Today I revert back to my fitness focus for the pleasure of sharing what my group fitness program is offering. Last…

Winter garden – January 2014

We experienced a major cold snap last year, which most of my plants have now recovered from. Buds are setting on everything from the blue elderberry that was much hindered, I think, from its original placement on the parking strip (since moved to the yard), to the new persimmon tree, aronia, western crabapple, and red…

Goals 2014

HEALTH: Last year I started 2013 following Andrew Weill’s 8 Weeks to Optimum Health. This year I’d plan to reinvigorate my approach to nutrition by following the principals of my NYC nutritionist, Lauren Slayton, in her newly released Little Book of Thin. A taste of my favorite of her 10 steps to svelte: Get 180…

Winter Garden post apocalyptic freeze

My garden didn’t suffer many casualties after the abnormal freeze we had about a week ago. This morning I went out to check it out since it’s pretty warm out. First thing I noticed in the front garden area was the stench of rotten eggs. Sewer problem, I worried? Nope – try rotting brassicas. I…

Happy Native Plant Day!

As part of the Portland Audubon Society’s backyard habitat program, participants are offered an amazing deal on the purchase of native plants, which went down this weekend! I spent the last few weeks preparing my site plan and digging up an old gnarly mystery shrub to make room. With warmish,dry weather in my favor, here…