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The weather has been relatively warm and sunny lately, so I decided Earth Day would be a good time to start spring planting, somewhat earlier than usual.

Harper supervises planting in the early-season bed on Earth Day.

Harper supervises planting in the early-season bed on Earth Day.

I also wanted to introduce my new garden helper, Harper. She is a 3-year-old yellow lab I adopted on March 31 from BrightSide Animal Center, where I serve on the board of directors.
She’s a good dog, but I have to watch her in the vegetable garden. She likes to eat the asparagus as soon as it comes up!

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Renee Shepherd is the owner of Renee's Garden.

Renee Shepherd is the owner of Renee’s Garden.

As I prepare to order seeds for the 2015 season, I wanted to pass along a tip. If you are perusing garden catalogues deciding what to order, please consider Renee’s Garden. Why? Renee Shepherd has been committed to organic gardening for more than 25 years. She selects seeds that germinate reliably and varieties that are easy to grow. And, she will donate 25% of your purchase price to the Central Oregon Master Gardeners Association — which provides free, research-based garden information in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties in Oregon — if you enter FR663A in the coupon code box at checkout. Thank you, Renee!

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Eating locally

"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"There are many books I’ve loved, but Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” is one that actually changed my life. After reading Kingsolver’s saga of living a rigorously local diet, I realized that with my vegetable garden and the farms and ranches nearby, I could eat almost entirely locally without too much effort. I’m not doctrinaire about it — I still want coffee, bananas, lemons — but I have been making a conscious effort to choose what is grown or raised locally. Much of it I grow myself.
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Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Company. Photo credit: Mike Siegel / Seattle Times

Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Company. Photo credit: Mike Siegel / Seattle Times

I was glad to read in the Seattle Times about the Seattle Urban Farm Company that is bringing vegetable gardening, berry bushes and dwarf fruit trees to rooftops and backyards in the city. They’ve also created a farm in the suburbs where they do contract growing for restaurants, and have a forthcoming book on how to make vegetable gardens more productive.

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Yet another truckload of weeds ready to go to recycling center.

Yet another truckload of weeds ready to go to recycling center.

For the past two weeks I’ve spent at least two hours a day weeding. I’ve filled seven pick-up truckloads that I’ve hauled to the recycling center and there’s easily that amount still left to pull in the coming two weeks. For me that’s the worst aspect of organic gardening. I use mulch, I use weed-barrier cloth, I plant densely to try to crowd out weeds (but not so densely as to compromise air circulation), I use drip irrigation rather than overhead watering, I use organic pre-emergent granules. I’m sure those techniques help, and the problem would be worse if I didn’t do those things, BUT … it’s a never-ending battle.

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Benji Nagel and Carys Wilkins, both 25, started Mahonia Gardens in Sisters, OR.

Benji Nagel and Carys Wilkins, both 25, started Mahonia Gardens in Sisters, OR.

One of the great things about the online world is the way its technology can bring together like-minded people who otherwise never would meet. New technologies like Kickstarter bring together would-be angel investors who lack the resources to be those angels in the usual financial sense, but enough of them can come together online to help small businesses get started — including low-tech businesses like small family farms in Central Oregon like Mahonia Gardens. Should Smith Rock Farm go this route? Would you be a supporter?

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This season I was one of more than 100 local producers selling farm products through Central Oregon Locavore (http://centraloregonlocavore.com/), where customers order online, producers log in to find their orders, and fulfillment is every other Thursday. Now the organization has taken the next step and will open a retail store late this month.

 

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