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What Vegetables Can be Planted Now

Now that it's April, you think it is the time to get all your vegetables into the ground.

Not so fast!

There are some crops that require warmer soil AND warmer day and nighttime temperatures than we now have. You just have to be aware of what CAN grow in these cooler soils and nighttime temperatures.

Vegetables that grow under the ground like carrots, radishes, beets, turnips and potatoes (not sweet) can be started now. Members of the cabbage family – broccoli, kale, chard and cabbage – can thrive as well as the onion family – shallots, leeks, and onionsAsparagus, rhubarb, strawberries and artichokes can take these cooler temperatures and peas should be up and climbing by now! Spring lettuces and spinach can be grown for your salads.

That seems like a lot. Well now is NOT the time to plant warm season crops. Tomatoes, beans, members of the squash family and some corns need warm soil AND warmer day and nighttime temperatures. Hold off on planting those ones outside.

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Be prepared to have a frost cloth if we do get a hard frost – historically, that can still happen in our area during the month of April.

Remember that starting seeds outside requires the vigilance of not allowing them to dry out or becoming waterlogged and drowning with an overabundance of the natural hard spring rains. Plastic hoop houses can help protect them.

Instead of starting seeds outside, consider planting starts. That sprouting stage is passed.

Use a soil thermometer. Measure soil temperatures at 8 am and at least 4 inches deep for an accurate reading. Wait till above 40 degrees to plant the cool season crops and over 60 degrees for the warm season ones. Failure to thrive could be the result of planting too soon.


At this time of year there is more that can be grown than cannot. So get out there and play in the dirt. The growing season for your vegetable garden has begun!

What are Deciduous Azaleas?

Arneson Gem Klondike Lilac Lights

 

The intense colors and fragrance of the flowers make deciduous azaleas real show-stoppers. They do not want to be ignored by passers-by. Those bright yellows and oranges pop on our sometimes rainy gray spring days. Likewise the pinks, lilacs, reds and whites. They can be solid or multicolored or a mix of both as some start one shade and age to another.

The Pacific Northwest is known for its plentiful rain. As a result many areas have acidic soil.What better to grow than a plant which blooms each year and thrives in that soil.

Deciduous azaleas, sometimes called Exbury or Weston's depending on who hybridized the specific variety, lose their leaves in the winter. A plus is their outstanding fall colors. The clusters of blossoms come out in the spring, sometimes even before the leaves.

Like the evergreen azaleas, they prefer moist, well drained soil but the deciduous azaleas like the sun! They can take afternoon shade. Care is easy with regular water, especially the first year and feeding with a rhododendron/azalea acidic fertilizer. Little pruning is needed but they can be shaped right after blooming.

Plant as a specimen or a bright collection. You are sure to be pleased.

Terrarium Workshop

It seems terrariums are everywhere! They are so trendy and it’s easy to see why. Having a bit of green hanging out on an end table or some unique succulents on a bathroom counter is such a great way to bring life to an otherwise stagnant spot.

Ferns and mosses thrive in humid environments. Succulents thrive on little care and with so many different colorful and unique varieties. Come see how easy it is and create your own! You’ll have fun creating a combination uniquely your own with our large affordable selection of glass terrariums to choose from as well as plants to fill it with.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Spring Lawn Care

Lawns take a beating over the winter. How much or how little should be done now to get them as healthy as possible for the summer?
winding path and lawn

 

Our Farmington Garden experts can recommend things you can do  with your particular lawn conditions in mind. Learn how and when to topdress your grass. Get tips on moss control, fertilizing and the timing for reseeding.

A few steps taken now lead to a healthier greener lawn later.

When: March 8th, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road,Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503.649.4568

 

 

Grow Your Own!

 

Horseradish

 

Do you enjoy the pungent and distinct taste of Horseradish? Why not grow your own! Horseradish is a rugged and cold hardy perennial with very few problems from disease or pests, great for any beginner. Plant in early spring as soon as the soil is dry enough to be worked. They can tolerate most any soil as long as it’s not waterlogged but loose soil will make it much easier to harvest the roots.

 

Find a sunny location and loosen soil down to about a foot deep working in some compost to get your plant off to a vigorous start. Take your root start and plant at a 45 degree angle with 30” from any other plants. Bury it with the crown just above soil surface. Water it in and watch your Horseradish grow. The roots will spread to about 18” or more and the green leafs reaching 24”. To keep from looking ragged in the summer, water weekly.

 

Design With Summer Bulbs

Spring is the time to plant summer bulbs.

Bulbs need time to grow roots that will support and nourish the plant. The better the soil conditions and bulb quality, the bigger and better the blossom and leaves.

Elise will share best methods for the planting and care of various summer bulbs. Design guidelines for color combinations and bloom times will help in your creations.  Don't miss out on the summer bulbs that can add color, texture and even a touch of the exotic to your garden.

When:  February 22nd, 2015 @ 11AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:     Free but please REGISTER

Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone:   503.649.4568

The second half of the class will be hands on.

Bring your favorite pot or purchase a new one. We'll supply the potting soil! Elise can help you choose a combination of bulbs and accent plants. She will guide you step by step for some summer bulb magic.

Not ready to do a large planter? Take this opportunity to get begonias started inside while waiting to transplant them in warmer weather.

Seed Starting Workshop 2015

Some seeds are best started indoors at this time of year. By the time the outside temperatures are warm enough for planting, your seedlings will have that headstart on their production.

Andrea from Territorial Seeds, a local company, will talk about which seeds should be started now for our area.

 

She will show you which supplies are best used and how to do it. Yes, she will get her hands in the dirt while sharing secrets for getting your seeds off to a great start.

Germination issues, space saving ideas, and light and watering guidelines will be yours.

No large greenhouse required!

 

When:  February 15th, 2015 @ 11:00AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:     Free but please REGISTER

Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone:  503.649.4568

Mason Bees in Your Garden

mason bee in tubesBecause it is native, the mason bee is one of the earliest spring pollinators. Now is the best time to make your yard attractive to them, create new homes or help the cocoons you have start the new season in the best possible way.

Master Gardener and Native Pollinators Specialist Ron Splendal will share some of the 'best practices' he has learned.  He presently is doing research at a variety of Washington County sites which includes                                 maintaining over 400 nesting trays!

Come learn how to site and set up your own mason bee house. Find out which plants best attract these hard workers that pay their rent by pollinating your spring blooming fruits and vegetables.

Be prepared to be amazed and intrigued by these live and local mason bees.

 

When: February 8, 2015 @ 11:00AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton, OR

Cost: Free but please REGISTER

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503.649.4568

 

 

Happy Holidays 2015

 

Thank you for visiting us this year. We will be closing starting December 24th.

Our 2015 gardening year will open Saturday, January 17th.

Start yours using your earned Dave's Dollars, good through February 28th.

Until then, keep in touch with us through our Facebook page.


Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season

and a Happy New Year