Nate’s garden in Portland

Hey all,

Overgrown Yard

The overgrown yard a couple months before we closed on the house...and before the blackberries took over during vacancy.

So, I’m pretty excited to get the invite to the big show here. I’ve had a garden most places I’ve lived for the past 10 or so years, and since my GF Ky and I bought our house here Thanksgiving 2010, that was one thing I’ve been excited to make happen. We dug up a wildly overgrown flower garden planted who knows how long ago to make a strip about 8 x 20 feet in the backyard. Unfortunately, summer never showed up in PDX last year, so we didn’t get much out of it – actually it was so pathetic that I began to doubt my gardening skills.

So this year, I vowed to improve on that showing – as long as the weather cooperates…

But, there is a complicating factor – I gave Ky a dog for X-mas. And not just any old dog,

The "innocent" pup and 1 of 2 garden boxes post-construction. Don't let him fool you...

but Charlie the rambunctious Aussie/mutt that loves to chew anything he can wrap his chompers around. (Don’t ask about the helmet, shoes, door trim, more shoes, etc…) So I thought this was a perfect excuse to put in some boxes in the backyard to get the garden a bit out of reach.

I mean seriously, what’s more manly than a bunch of cedar, a skill saw, and half-dozen Tecates? I think the boxes turned out pretty sweet, and now they are full of dirt and some plants. My neighbor was also tearing up some sod from his yard, so I packed that in around the boxes for a more pleasant barefoot gardening experience. I even put up a little string fence to try to encourage the pup from digging elsewhere. He’ll find a way if he wants to – hopefully the toys elsewhere in the yard are more fun. Now all we need is summer…

Paul mentioned the “June gloom” thing going on in sunny SoCal – well PDX is in the same boat. After 2+ weeks of awesome summer teaser weather in May, we’ve slipped back into mostly cloudy and rainy skies for the last several weeks. The starts (spaghetti squash, cucumber, 6 different peppers, and a cherry tomato) and seeds (cilantro, basil, beans,

A few weeks in - things are coming up. Slowly. If only the sun would shine for more than 15 minutes at a time.

kale, and beets) came up fine in the sun, but aside from the spaghetti squash haven’t done much since. In fact I think one of the peppers has actually shrunk and may not make it another rainy week. I also saved some heirloom tomato seeds and started them late. Hopefully they catch up.

At any rate, I’ll keep you updated on how things go if summer ever shows up. Hope it does, since I wouldn’t mind getting rid of the mildew from under my fingernails…

One thought on “Nate’s garden in Portland

  1. Nice post Nate! Glad to hear and see about your garden. Your boxes look great. I just built some smaller ones with my friend Grant and he should be posting the pictures soon. We have June gloom, but we don’t get the rain that you do. Pictures look good, can’t wait to see an update once the sun is out more.

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