Welcome to the South Waterfront Community Garden Blog

This Blog will be a way to keep in touch with what is happening in the Community Garden. 

Email me at terry.clancy@gmail.com with pictures, comments, ideas and I will post them for all to see.

Gardening tips and tricks, soil amendment recommendations, favorite plants, recipes: all of these are welcome.

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12 Ways to Use Up All That Zucchini & Summer Squash

Do you hear that? Listen closely. You hear it, right? It’s the sound of a million zucchinis and other summer squashes being tucked away into your CSA boxes or stacked neatly at the grocery store. (Maybe even waiting on your front porch, left there at midnight by a desperate neighbor gardener.) The zucchini and squash are waiting for you.

Are you ready for summer’s most prolific producers? We’ve got you covered with recipes that range from summer squash with baked eggs, to green curry with chicken and zucchini, and of course the always popular zucchini bread.

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30 Tips for a Great Vegetable Garden Harvest Plus 6 Garden Recipes


This vegetable gardening post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. July is that time of the year when vegetables are starting to really show up in a garden. How is yours doing?

Do you have a great vegetable harvest, or is yours just so so this year? Follow my 30 tips for a great vegetable garden harvest, and you will be bringing in baskets of fresh vegetables all summer long this year.

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7 Secrets For A High-Yield Vegetable Garden, Even When You're Tight On Space

Imagine harvesting nearly half a ton of tasty, beautiful, organically grown vegetables from a 15-by-20-foot plot, 100 pounds of tomatoes from just 100 square feet (a 4-by-25-foot bed), or 20 pounds of carrots from just 24 square feet. Yields like these are easier to achieve than you may think. The secret to super-productive gardening is taking the time now to plan strategies that will work for your garden.

Here are seven high-yield strategies gleaned from gardeners who have learned to make the most of their garden space.

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Must-have 2017 veggies to grow for Oregon gardens

By Kris Wetherbee


For The Oregonian/OregonLive

Start planning your spring garden by including a few of these amazing 2017 varieties.

As you begin to plan your garden for spring and beyond, you may want to add some of these new varieties to your shopping list. Most are new space-saving varieties that also impress in the kitchen. And all are hybrids, with the exception of basil 'Pesto Party'.

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Grow Your Own Organic Food

A number of interesting videos about gardening in Portland, raised beds featured in a number of them.

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We believe that growing your own food is about more than just food.

It brings nourishment, joy, contemplation, magic, and beauty into our lives.  It connects us to the places we live and the people around us, and it has the power to transform us in the very best ways.

We also know that people face an abundance of challenges and obstacles in growing their own food.  Whether you lack the experience, the confidence, or the time, Portland Edible Gardens is here to help.

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Spring soil preparation


Spring Greens

Spring Greens

Growing Dahlias in Portland

For best results, dahlias should be planted from mid April through May for most areas. Ground temperature approx. 60 degrees.  In general about the same time you would plant your vegetable garden.

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Community Herb Garden

Judy W. and Terry C. are creating a community herb garden: the goal is to have many robust plants so our gardeners can help themselves for their cooking projects.  This way everyone can have access to and be inspired by the variety of herbs, and won't need to dedicate a part of their plot to herbs that everyone uses. We welcome and will be posting recipes as well.

If you have herb plants or planters to donate to the effort, they would be greatly appreciated. Email or talk to Judy or me (terry.clancy@gmail.com) with donations, herb suggestions or ideas.

We are just getting started but there is plenty of room on the broken wall and the periphery for these planters and we hope to have an abundant selection as the season unfolds.

Soil Amendments that work in the South Waterfront

This post will be a list of the soil amendment formulas that our gardeners have had great success with.

Remember, the soil we purchase is pretty basic topsoil and needs compost to break it up, as well as good fertilizer.

Please email me with your formula for great success this season. terry.clancy@gmail.com

Judy W. : I just put in two bags of organic compost and two bags of organic chicken manure, mixing it into my bed.  I also put in a handful of organic vegetable fertilizer into each hole when planting my starts.  Also important to use a small handful of lime when planting any plant with a blossom end, i.e. tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, etc. to prevent blossom end rot.


What to grow - a list of the best heirloom vegetables to grow

Grow some unique heirlooms to make your garden really stand out.

from: Verdura Culinary Gardens, which has been awarded EcoBiz certification for Landscape Services.

Based on years of trial and error and following the good advice of a number of local experts, we have developed a list of real superstars in the vegetable world. While we have grown a wide variety of most vegetables, there is a short list of those that have consistently thrived in the multiple gardens we have managed in our Pacific Northwest climate.

In shopping for seeds and vegetables, we believe it's important to consider these factors:

  • When possible, organic seeds
  • Non-GMO (genetically modified)
  • Proven to do well in a variety of climates
  • When possible, interesting heirloom varieties (non-hybridized) such as Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste plant list
  • Well suited to growing in small raised bed garden spaces or containers
  • Attractive
  • Last but not least, great tasting!

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If you're only growing one type of tomato this year, it should be this

from the Los Angeles Times:

Every spring, home gardeners face the same thorny dilemma: With so many choices and so little space, what tomato should I grow?

We asked three garden experts — Scott Daigre of Tomatomania!, Mark Anderson of Farmer Mark certified organic farmer's markets and Yvonne Savio, retired coordinator of Los Angeles County's Master Gardener program and creator of GardeningInLA — to reveal their tomato faves and tell us where they stand in the ongoing debate over hybrid versus heirloom varieties.

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Cherokee Purple tomatoes (Sam Hamann / Tomatomania)

Cherokee Purple tomatoes (Sam Hamann / Tomatomania)