August 2019

Editor - Linda Goldser (8/11..3)

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These are a few of the beds in our Annex Garden in full production and in transition to fall. While one crop might be just starting to produce, others will be finishing up for the year. As our veggies come to their ultimate end of growth, we leave some to flower to keep the pollinators happy and then for this first season of full production, we will seed cover crops as the beds empty out.

Interesting Garden Fact: So far this garden year, we have used over 2300 hours of volunteer help in our two Demonstration Gardens and we have harvested over 1300 pounds of organic produce which is donated to several places in the community around our gardens to families in need of supplemental fresh produce.

What To Do In The Garden Now

Wondering what you should be doing in the garden now? August is the month of multi-tasking. You are finishing up late spring crops, summer veggies are kicking out the produce and you need to start thinking of fall and winter. Plus there are the day-to-day maintenance tasks that need to be done, it is a never ending cycle and I guess one of the reasons we love gardening so much….it keeps us busy! Click on the link for a list of garden tasks for right now. What to do in the Garden in August

Two Yukky Weeds to eradicate before they drive you crazy!

Lately these two weeds have been driving me crazy. As with any weed, persistence is key. You must keep at them and do not let them go to seed. Both of these weeds are prevalent right now in the Portland area and if you have them, you would be smart to do your best to eradicate them out of your yard…. your neighbors will thank you.

Euphorbia maculata - Also known as Spotted Spurge                                                        Hypochaeris radicata - Also known as cat’s ear, flatweed, false dandelion

Euphorbia maculata - Also known as Spotted Spurge Hypochaeris radicata - Also known as cat’s ear, flatweed, false dandelion

Two Yummy Recipes to take advantage of a bountiful harvest!

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Zucchini Bread – Very good & easy to make – yield is one loaf

  • Butter an 8x4x2 loaf pan and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Combine 1 ½ c flour, 1 t cinnamon, ½ t baking soda,1/4 t each of salt, baking powder, nutmeg and set aside.

  • Mix together 1 c granulated sugar, 1 c shredded zucchini, ¼ c canola oil, 1 large egg, ¼ t lemon peel (dried or fresh), ½ c chopped walnuts.

  • Combine the two mixtures, turn into prepared pan. Sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar and bake 55-60 minutes, until pick comes

Blueberry Jam – Luscious with a sweet, seasonal flavor – yield is 8 cups

  • Mash 8 c fresh blueberries & transfer to a Dutch oven. Add 2 T lemon juice and 1 ¾ oz powdered fruit pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly.

  • Stir in 7 c granulated sugar. Return to a full rolling boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  • Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle into jars or freezer containers and cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover and let stand overnight or until set, but no longer than 24 hours.

  • Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 12 months.

Upcoming Events & classes at our Gardens

August 12, 15, 17 - Garden Art Mosaic Class – several days & times available - for more information and to sign up for this class please contact Eleanor at eleanor.burke.hardin@gmail.com

August 17 - Our August Saturday workday is 8/17 from 9-12, which coordinates with the open gardens for the Backyard Habitat and should be a glorious day to work in the garden and learn lots while having fun at the same time. No need to sign up, just stop on by and play in the dirt with us.

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August 17 & 18- Backyard Habitat Open Gardens event is from 9-3 at the Annex which was awarded the Silver Level last fall when our perennials were in their first year of growth, this event is being led by Nancy Fine – there will be a Master Gardener clinic at this event on 8/17 - please contact Nancy nancy.fine@multnomahmastergardeners.org if you are interested in working at this event and sign up on Cervis

September 14 – Harvest Fest event from 4:00 to 7:00 at our Demonstration Garden, located at 6801 SE 60th Ave. This is a pot luck party for nothing more than to have a good time. There will be brats, veggie dogs, a salsa contest (for eating, not dancing), handmade ice cream & sorbet and a kid’s activity table. This event is put on by and for all of our Master Gardeners and family & friends. Please contact Linda for any questions. lindaloug@comcast.net

Garden locations, regular workdays & times

Come join us on our regular Monday and Thursday workdays at either of our gardens from 9:00 to 12:00. No need to sign up, just come on out and get your hands dirty - rain or shine. Also join us for our Saturday workdays which are the 3rd Saturday of the month through October – also from 9-12.

>>The Demo Garden is located at 6801 SE 60th Ave, between SE Duke and Flavel Streets, across from Brentwood Park.

>>Access to the Annex Garden is through a pedestrian gate at 6630 SE 57th Ave; look for the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden banner inside the gate; parking is on the east side of the street, follow the gravel path through the orchard to the garden.

NOTE: Parking inside the 59th street delivery gate is reserved for gardeners with mobility issues or who have deliveries or heavy loads.

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The Annex Color Circle

These sunflowers are taller than most people!

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