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Pruning Japanese Maples

When can you prune Japanese maples? Is there a difference between pruning weeping maples and upright maples? How much can you safely prune without damaging the form and health of the tree?

Join Lou while he goes over these questions and more. He will demonstrate the pruning of a Japanese maple while giving tips and tricks to shaping the tree for years of beauty. So much better than trying to follow a diagram!

Tour our display garden to admire mature Japanese maples and all they have to offer.

This is a popular class and quickly fills up. Sign up early!

 What: Pruning Japanese Maples

 When: October 29th, 2016  @  10 AM
             October 30th, 2016  @    1 PM
             October 31rst, 2016 @ 10 AM

 Where: Farmington Gardens
              21815 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:     FREE but please register
 Phone:  503.649.4568


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Garden Buddies: Fall Rains and the Water Cycle

Let's learn all about water, the water cycle and some tips for conserving water in our gardens and daily lives.
Then we will work on the scientific method for keeping track of how much rain falls.
We'll make rain gauges out of real test tubes! Take home a notebook for collecting rain data though the winter.

 What:   Fall Rains and the Water Cycle
 When:   October 22nd, 2016 @ 10AM
 Where:  Farmington Gardens
               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:     Free but Registration is Required
 Phone:  503.649.4568
Lessons are geared toward children aged 5-10 but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage our Garden Buddies to dress appropriately for hands-on activities.

Garden to Table: Fall Soups


 What:   Fall Soups

 When:  Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 10:30AM -11:30AM

 Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

 Cost:     Free but please REGISTER

 Phone:  503.649.4568





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Organic Composting

Compost is the key element to creating healthy soil in organic gardening.

Join Malibu Compost's founder for this fun and informative class focusing on types of compost, composting methods, uses of compost - including compost teas, enhancing compost with dry amendments and how much or how little compost is needed to create beautiful and healthy organic soil in your garden.

What:   Organic Gardening
When:  Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 @ 1PM                                                       
Where: Farmington Gardens                                                                                               6735 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR
Cost:    Free but please call or email to register
Phone:  503.649.4568

Fall Gardening Tips from Jenny

When your sunflowers are in full bloom,
it’s time to plant your fall garden!

The mild Pacific Northwest fall and winter make it possible to grow and harvest fresh vegetables long into the holiday season. Cool weather gardening is different from warm weather growing, as plants tend to grow slower and extra effort is needed to protect plants from any harsh weather.

There are some great benefits to fall gardening!

  •     Insects are fewer. Less spraying and bug picking.
  •     Rainfall is more abundant. Less watering.
  •     Weeds aren’t as much of a problem. Fewer backaches!

When you walk into your backyard to gather ingredients for a dinner salad in the middle of November and December, you’ll know it was worth the extra effort.

How do we “Achieve Autumn Abundance”?

  •     Choose the location.

A southern facing side of your house, shed or barn is a good location for maximum sun exposure and protection from northerly winds. A south facing slope is good as well.

A wall or windbreak can add 10-15 degrees to your fall/winter garden.

  •     Prepare the soil.

Mix in large amounts of compost to make it rich, loose, light. Good soil preparation results in healthier plants. The roots can penetrate down and have access to more nutrients.

It’s very important for our soil to drain well, especially here in the Pacific Northwest where we have clay soil and usually heavy rains in fall and winter.

  •     Raised beds are another way to achieve good draining soil.

Raised beds should be 9-12 inches deep and filled with rich compost. They can raise the soil temperature from 8-12 degrees, enabling us to grow our veggies even longer into the winter.

Now, what do we plant?

Most of our cool weather veggies come from the brassica family of plants, which is wonderful because these plants develop deeper, richer flavors once the weather cools down. Kale in particular is even more delicious after the first frost. The cold weather helps to convert some of the starches in these plants to sugars, making them extra tasty.

Here’s a rundown of cool weather loving plants.

*Arugula * Beets * Broccoli * Brussel Sprouts * Cabbage * Carrots
* Cauliflower * Collards * Endive * Kale * Kohlrabi * Garlic * Leeks * Lettuce * Mustard *Onions * Parsnip * Peas * Radish * Rutabaga
* Spinach * Swiss Chard * Turnips

When do we plant?

The best way to figure out when to plant is to look at the plant tag or seed package to find the “days to maturity” Then we count backwards from our first frost date, which is Oct 15-30. And try to plant before that.

For instance, it takes spinach 40 days, from seed to mature plant.  So, I count 40 days backwards from October 30 and know I want to have the last of my seeds planted by about September 20.

Now, that doesn’t mean you have to wait for September 20. You can start planting before and keep planting every two weeks until then to have a longer and bigger crop.

This is called succession planting which can be a real life saver for gardeners. It makes sure that we have plants at all stages of maturity to ensure against losses due to unseasonable heat or early frost.

Other plants to consider adding to your fall vegetable garden.

  •     Hardy Herbs

Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, marjoram, tarragon and chives are all perennials, meaning they’ll come back year after year. And a few short lived herbs really prefer cooler weather, like cilantro and parsley.

Fresh herbs make your food taste so much better than dried ones from the grocery store and they’re so good for you. Full of antioxidents. Nothing is better than fresh sage and rosemary in a roasting turkey at Thanksgiving.

  •     Flowers

I’m a big fan of having flowers mixed in with my vegetables. They make my garden a more beautiful place to spend time. They attract pollinators. They repel some harmful insects, AND many are edible.

Some flowers you can plant now are marigolds, zinnias, chrysanthemums, pansies, violas, calendula and asters.

  •     Cover Crops

In vegetable garden spaces that aren’t being used to produce cooler crops, consider planting red clover or annual rye grass to turn over in the spring and add nutrients to your soil.

  •     Garlic

Garlic is one of the easiest ways to get into fall gardening. Insects will leave it alone, it doesn’t take up much space and it adds wonderful flavor to foods.

You can extend the growing season even longer by using a cold frame, a poly tunnel or row covers. These will trap heat for your plants and protect them from wind and frost.

Now I’m going to plant a little salad garden…

What's Blooming 9.3.16

We're getting ready for Fall and the Tomato Fest


Honey Harvesting and Beehive Fall Care

For first time beekeepers or those wanting to review best methods, Master Beekeeper, Alden Potter, from Tualatin Valley Beekeepers will guide you step by step on how to harvest the honey your bees have been producing this summer.

Leaving the bees with enough food to sustain themselves during the winter is important. Come learn the facts about honey gathering and fall hive management.

Maintaining a healthy, disease-free hive will help your bees stay productive next season.



 What: Honey Harvesting and Beehive Fall Care

 When: September 11th, 2016 @ 1PM

 Where: Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:     FREE but please REGISTER


Phone:   503.649.4568

PS Maybe, Alden will explain what he is standing with in this photo.

Why Plant Cover Crops

Washington County in the spring - a farmer's field of crimson clover.

Growing a vegetable garden is beneficial both for your soul and your fresh food supply BUT each crop depletes nutrients from the soil. Growing a cover crop, when not growing vegetables, is one way of putting some of those nutrients back into the soil.

Cover crops planted in the fall are tilled into the soil in the spring. This not only adds nutrients but the organic matter improves the texture of the soil- easier for next year’s vegetables to reach down into the soil. Think carrots and other root vegetables, or deep rooted ones like tomatoes.

Because the tilling is done before the plants go to seed in the spring yet are still alive, it is called adding green manure. Do this several weeks before planting your vegetables.

Read more for how cover crops help and what cover crops we carry this year.

Growing Herbs in the Cool of Fall

Nothing beats fresh herbs grown from your own garden.

Learn proper selection and care of Herbs. Which ones are winter hardy? Which ones actually thrive in these cooler temperatures?

Plant for use now and throughout the next years. Jenny will teach you their special uses, share growing tips, and answer questions.  Come and join us!

 What: Growing Fall Herbs Class

 When: Saturday, September 24th, 2016 @ 10AM

and repeated       Monday, September 26th @ 10AM 

 Where: Farmington Gardens

 Cost: Free but please call or email us to register


 Phone: 503 649 4568