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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

Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com

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

 Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

 Phone: 503 649 4568

Bird Friends in the Garden

Let's learn all about the birds in our garden!
Can you recognize them by their feathers and their songs?
How do they help us with our gardens? How can we invite them to visit?
The make-and-take will be 3 kinds of bird feeders to take home
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 What:   Bird Friends in the Garden
 When:   September 10th, 2016 @ 10AM
 Where:  Farmington Gardens
               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:     Free but Registration is Required
 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com
 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.

Fall Vegetable Planting Tips

 

 

Do you want to enjoy fresh vegetables this fall and winter?
With the proper planning and plant choices, you can! Now is the time to start thinking about and planning out your fall and winter vegetable garden.

 

Come visit us on Saturday, September 10th @ 1PM as our expert Jenny shares with you her knowledge and experience. She will help you be successful in your own garden this fall and winter whether this is something brand new to you, or you just want to learn how to do it better.

This class will be repeated Monday, September 12th @10AM
 

 What:   Fall Vegetable Planting Tips
 When:  Saturday, September 10th, 2016 @ 1PM                                                        Repeated Monday, September 12th @ 10AM
 Where: Farmington Gardens                                                                                               6735 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR
 Cost:    Free but please call or email to register
 Email:  events@farmingtongardens.com
 Phone:  503.649.4568

Can You Really Plant During These Hot Days of Summer?

The summer sun has reached its peak and we are experiencing long, sunny days. You might have been surprised how much of that sun is getting to your garden now that shade from buildings and trees is not as long as at other times of the year. We can see why our part of the Pacific Northwest is known as having a Mediterranean climate during this time of year. It has been dry and hot.

You may have areas where plants have been overly stressed because of all this sun and need replacing, or you may just have some blank spaces in the garden that need filling. You now know what conditions you have in different parts of your garden so you can choose the right plant for the right place.

 

 

While it is not a good time to move established plants in your garden as their roots will get damaged no matter how careful you try to be, plants in pots are perfectly happy being placed in the ground now as long as extra care is taken regarding WATER. This applies to perennials, shrubs and trees.


Whether you plant in the shade or sun, the same rules apply.

Bring on the Sun and the Butterflies!

Sun perennials with daisy-like flowers that attract butterflies!

These perennialst are just starting to come to peak bloom. Planted in mass or individually, they will add color where earlier bloomers are fading. They grow to different heights so you can even plant all three together in a bed to have an outstanding show of color now through to the fall. The shorter ones also do well in containers.

Coreopsis 'Big Bang™ Cosmic Eye' has multicolored petals around an orange eye. The petals are wine red edged with yellow. Commonly called Tickseed, it is compact in growth - to 16 inches and drought tolerant.

Helenium autumnale 'Mariachi Salsa' has blossoms the color of tomatoes in a salsa - a summer red that stands out in sun gardens. Also known as Sneezeweed, it grows to 20 inches high.

Heliopsis helianthus 'Sunstripe' is the taller of the three growing to 36 inches. It is best placed in the center of an island or the back of a bed. This False Sunflower has a solid yellow flower and variegated leaves. It is an uncommon combination of white leaves veined with green. The light color is a magnet for your eyes.

Dwarf English Boxwood Can Bring out the Artist in You

Dwarf English Boxwood are predictable making them a perfect tool for the gardener. They are evergreen, growing only 1-3 inches a year to a maximum of 3 feet. How you use them in the landscape and how you shape them is entirely up to you! Let your artistic juices flow.

These dwarf shrubs do not take up much space. They are perfect in our smaller gardens. They can fit just about anywhere and can be placed singly or as a small hedge. They also look wonderful in large, expansive gardens. Think of the royal gardens of England and France - yes, the French used English boxwood but probably called them by their proper name Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'.

  • Invite people to your front door by placing one on either side of your entry way or line the walkway to your house with them.
  • Frame gardens, fountains, or statues with a small hedge made from Dwarf English Boxwood. They become a tool to highlight a single object or can be part of the design as in a knot garden.
  • Delineate areas of your garden with them. Show where you want visitors to stop on a terrace or lawn.
  • Create a contrasting mini green wall to make other colorful plants stand out. A tall evergreen, a mass of roses or a bed of ever changing annuals, all work. Your only restriction as the designer is to make sure the boxwood is given room to get air and sun and not have their roots disturbed when annuals are changed out.

Try a Petite for Blooms in the Heat

Shrubs with vividly colored blooms during the heat of summer are just the ticket to brighten up fading gardens.

Crape Myrtle 'Red Imp' makes a great border.

Growing only to 5 feet, Petite Crape Myrtles love the sun and heat. They are perfect for the size challenged gardens many of us have. They look lovely planted in groupings or are vibrant enough as a stand alone shrub. Try one in a container. Choose a pot color to contrast or complement the crepe paper-like flowers. You are the stylist!

Easy to care for once establed, they do not require a lot of water. Just cut back the flower heads after blooming. This would also be the time to shape your bush as they bloom on new wood and should not be cut back in the spring.

Choose between blossoms of white to shades of pink, rose, red, or purple. These dwarf lagerstroemia have textured bark for winter interest and leaves that range   Crape Myrtle 'Petite Snow'                    from deep green to ones with red tinges that later give great fall color.

                     'Petite Orchid'                                                     'Petite Embers'

Enjoy the little bud balls as much as the papery blossoms which are attractive to butterflies.