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Why Is Autumn The Best Time to Plant?

Autumn is THE time to plant!

I’m sure you have heard that expression many times and think it just might be a gimmick for garden centers to sell product. Not so!

Although springtime finds the gardener with energy and enthusiasm to get out and put into effect plans made during the cold, gray winter months, any plants that are ready to wake and get growing out of their pots are often slowed by the ups and downs of our spring temperatures and the cold wet soil.

During these autumnal months, the soil is warm and when mixed with some good compost, the roots of newly planted trees, shrubs and hardy perennials which are still actively growing, will stretch out in it.  Actually, these roots will continue growing and strengthening over the winter months. This applies also to deciduous plants that lose their leaves and seem to be sleeping. Come spring, the plants will have settled in and can spend their energy pushing out new growth and becoming the lush vision you dreamed of.

Garden to Table: Tomatoes, Tomatillos & Peppers

 

What a tremendous year for gardens!  Tomatoes are early this year, and many of us are experiencing a bumper crop.  We wait for them all year long and when they finally get here we can’t get enough.  However, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do with all those beautiful jewels.  In this class, we’ll explore some new, easy, and fun ways to make the most of not only our tomato harvest, but peppers and tomatillos as well.

Except for dessert of course.  It is summer after all, and we’ve been thinking about campfires, marshmallows, chocolate, and so…

Here’s what we’ll be serving:

     Roasted Red Peppers and ways to use them:

  •      Romesco Sauce
  •      Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  •      Chili Rellenos with Salsa Verde (Green Chili Sauce)
  •      Grilled Chicken with Tomato Vinaigrette
  •      Roasted Tomato Bread Pudding
  •     Grilled Green Tomatoes

And for dessert:

  •     S'mores Bars 

Each class includes FREE recipes and FREE samples of everything we cook.

When: September 20, 2014 @ 10:30AM- 11:30AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503.649.4568

Hardy Hibiscus - Rose of Sharon

As the colors in our gardens are changing to the yellows, oranges and reds of late summer, there is an easy-care flowering shrub that goes against this trend. The hardy hibiscus, also known as the Rose of Sharon, has large blossoms of white, shades of pink, lavender and combinations of all of those colors.

 

Pink Chiffon Woodbridge Lucy

Planted in full or part sun, the hibiscus syriacus is drought tolerant once established. The vase-shaped shrub can grow to 12 feet when not pruned. Over time the limbs will arch down. They have a mass of smaller flowers this way but, when pruned back, they will produce larger blossoms. It can also be trained to a tree form. Pruning should be done during the winter months.

The tubular flowers can be single or double depending on the variety. Some are bi-colored while others are solid. The Chiffons have double and pretty pastel colored blooms.

Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, they are long bloomers. This is not because the blossoms last a long time but because there are so many!

                                   Aphrodite                          Danica

While not the 'tropical' variety, our hardy hibiscus have flowers that have been known to be used by young girls to make leis. Try one at your next luau.

Winter Vegetable Gardens

It may seem odd to be thinking of a winter garden during these warm days of summer but vegetable seeds and starts have time and temperature constraints to grow to term. They need to be getting established now.

winter vegetables in raised bedYou can use the same area as your summer garden, with added protections, or choose a new area where it will get the most of the low winter sun, is well drained, and is protected from strong, cold winds. Reflected heat from a building would extend your growing season, as could cold frames, hoop houses or remay. Whatever method you use, having fresh produce in the colder months certainly helps with your grocery bills when the stores raise the prices.

Vegetables are heavy feeders. Amend your soil before planting your winter garden. As the nights get cooler and the days get shorter, your list of vegetables to grow is also shortened. The advantage of planting at this time of year is that the soil is already warm and all seeds germinate quickly. You need not start them inside as you do early spring. This avoids the posibility of root and tender stem damage when transplanting.

'Gold Spot' Dogwood Blooms Again!

Gold Spot Dogwood is one of the few trees to bloom in the fall.

The treat is that this Cornus nuttalli ‘Gold Spot’ blooms in the spring before the leaves come out and reblooms at this time of year. Showy, creamy-white bracts surround a green flower that later in the season can produce a small red fruit.

Like most dogwoods, ‘Gold Spot’ does best with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Being a hybrid, 'Gold Spot' has fewer disease problems than some other dogwoods.

The name comes from the unusual variegation on the green leaves. Even more of the yellow or whitish spots and blotches on the leaves appear as the tree ages. The multicolored leaves of gold and orange in the fall give the tree long seasonal interest. It would be a wonderful addition to your garden.

 

Able to grow to 35 feet tall, you can keep it lower by pruning after the second bloom time.

You would not want to chance cutting off this second flush of blossoms.

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Garden to Table: Hops and Home Brewing

 

 

Learn all about growing hops in your garden with Chris Lee from Eshraghi Nursery.

Take a walk with him to our display garden to learn the next step, gathering fresh hops.

Experience first hand the different and exclusive process of 'wet hopping'.- brewing beer with those fresh hops. This is a brand new class.

Chris will discuss how to calculate how much to use to create a unique flavored Northwest beer which can be brewed only at this time of year.

When: September 6th, 2014 @ 1:00PM    Cancelled

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: $10. includes a one gallon Cascade hops vine.

Reserve your spot today.

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503.649.4568

20th Anniversary History

              From a country roadside stand to the retail nursery we are today,                   Farmington Gardens has certainly grown over the past 20 years.

original retail area

 

Started in 1986 in Gaston by Linda Eshraghi and David Eshraghi, the stand was moved in 1988 to the parking area across the street from our present site.  During those early years, we were only open for the months of May, June and July.

 

early greenhouses

 

small store before greenhouses

After constructing hoop houses in 1989 and 1990, Farmington Gardens moved to our present location. The only buildings were the barn and a small store.

Over time, improvements have been made. A gravel parking lot was paved in 2002 and has been extended over the years. Additional offices were put up in 2008 to accommodate our growing staff.

 

breezeway by greenhouse

The new retail greenhouse, built in 2010, was the beginning of many changes to make Farmington Gardens more than a place to buy plants. We considered ways to make this a pleasant, learning experience for our customers.  Outdoor paths were paved. Tables were built so that plants are raised up. Main walkways were covered. Oregon liquid sunshine is great for plants and needn't deter our guests!  2011 was a productive year.

 

display garden with fountain

Our display garden was started in the same year. Although the basic structure  and design is there, like any garden, it is never finished. It is a continuing process and always worth a visit.

 

interior of giftshop

The gift shop was opened in 2013. This is pretty exciting and is sure to be an attraction with all the seasonal changes.

For those of you who have been long time customers, you will appreciate our mentioning the staff's happiness this year when we lost the 'little green rooms' to 'full flushers' :)

We are now open to the public eleven months of the year. We have a knowledgable staff who are ready to help both the novice and experienced gardener. Series of classes are held throughout the year as well as several customer appreciation events. Farmington Gardens has earned a respected reputation in Oregon and Southern Washington.

It has been a good 20 years.

We hope will join us in the 20th Anniversary celebrations going on this month.

 

 

 

20th Anniversary Celebrations Fun Day

Garden to Table: Root Vegetables

 

 

Let’s be honest about this:  Sometimes when we hear the term ‘root vegetable’, we do a big mental sigh of boredom.  Root vegetables can’t be good, can they?  Aren’t they the things our mothers made us eat before we could have dessert, and that we tried to quietly slip to the dog under the table? 

Welcome to the new world of root vegetables – the crowned jewel of the garden.  Quite possibly the most versatile vegetables you could imagine, they can be eaten raw, roasted, steamed, pureed, and fried.  They are rich, sweet, and beautiful, and pair beautifully with many other foods.  During this class, we plan to show you many ways to work with them that will make you want to grow them in your own gardens if you aren’t already.  Get ready – this is gonna be good. 

Here’s what we’ll be serving:

• Gratin of Root Vegetables, served with Carrot Butter
• Shaved, Slivered, and Ribboned – Root Vegetable Raw Salad with Cranberry/Pear Vinaigrette
• Roasted Root Vegetable Quesadilla with Lime/Cilantro Crema
• And for dessert:  Neener’s Carrot Cake

When: August 16th, 2014 @10:30AM- 11:30AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503.649.4568

Recipe: Click Here To Download (.docx)

Add a Wiggle to your Walk

Are your walks and pathways missing something? Why not add movement and drama!

Spiral topiaries

Trees that are shaped to sculptural spirals, poodle and pompon cuts or to fanciful forms, known as topiaries, have recently gained popularity in all size yards and landscapes. You do not need  to live at Downton Abbey®---topiaries can fit right into your garden.

Topiary
Choose a location that can be viewed from a window, patio or driveway. Place along your paths or deck---the curvy forms can add the element of movement to your garden.

 

Spiral topiaryEven if you have a large house on a tight lot you can add a pair of urns with spiraled trees to flank your entry way.

Care and culture is specific to the underlying tree species and variety.  Give regular watering during the summer months for both new and established plantings. Take care to water container-planted topiaries that are under a roof overhang both in the summer and in the winter.

Topiaries along the garden pathPruning would be the same as for hedge maintenance.  Every spring do a main shaping and remove new candles on conifers and any growth outside the shape. In August, examine again and clip off any errant growth.

Containers should not become root bound.

Along paths and anywhere near your planting, be very careful not to overspray with herbicide. Evergreens are especially sensitive and you want to avoid destroying the shape.

While walking through your garden, why not give some thought to adding a topiary? Come in to Farmington Gardens and walk through our display gardens and topiary trees for ideas that you can easily implement!