The Demo Garden and Annex volunteers are staying really busy this summer! For details on what’s been going on click here to view the most recent demo garden newsletter. Among some of the summer's highlights are the upcoming Backyard Habitat Open Gardens from 9am-3pm on August 17th & August 18th. There will be a Master Gardener’s clinic table open at the Annex that weekend as well (we’ll need both Perennials and Interns to volunteer at the clinic table, if interested please sign-up on CERVIS). Speaking of the Annex, Sally Campbell is working on a fascinating dry farming trial, see below for more info about that!
Demo Garden Volunteer Days are Monday and Thursdays from 9-12pm. There is an upcoming Saturday workday on July 20th from 9-12pm. The gardens are located at 6801 SE 60th, between SE Duke and Flavel. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Dry Farming Trial Underway at the Annex!
The Multnomah Chapter is participating in a dry farming trial sponsored by the OSU Dry Farming Collaborative (headed by OSU prof Amy Garrett). Our plot, one of 22 in the Willamette Valley, is at the Multnomah Co Demo Garden in the Annex area.
With the assistance of OSU staff, we planted 2 densities each of Early Girl tomatoes and N. Georgia Candy Roaster squash. Other than watering right after planting, these plants have gotten no water or fertilizer. We are monitoring soil moisture at 4 depths: 1, 2, 3, and 4 feet every week using moisture meters to track moisture movement in the soil. Once tomatoes start producing, they will be harvested and weighed every 2 weeks. All the squash will be harvested and weighed at the end of the season.
The plants are pretty puny in comparison to those in the irrigated beds at the demo garden, but they are producing fruit!
This trial will give us a better idea of the feasibility of growing some crops without water in home gardens in the Portland area.