Recent blog posts
Written for Oregon Tilth by Marian Hammond. Here at Oregon Tilth, we frequently hear from gardeners who are looking for new and better ways to save water while keeping their gardens green and healthy during the dry summer months.
As summer turns to Autumn the OEC garden is preparing for the chilly and wet months ahead by planting hearty fall crops.
We've been patiently waiting for the garlic in the OEC demonstration garden to be ready. The time has come!
Potatoes are a relatively easy crop to grow, and will yield delicious results. Read this blog post for easy directions for growing potatoes.
Tomatoes have come to the OEC Demonstration Garden! Learn a few easy tips to make your crop of tomatoes a successful one.
There's never been a more important time to donate fresh and nutritious produce from your garden to a local food bank or pantry.
March has been a busy month for the garden, and we've been at it rain or shine.
We're excited to meet the spring 2012 COG students! Join us March 14-April 4.
From September 28-October 19, Oregon Tilth's Organic Education Center taught a wonderful group of aspiring and seasoned gardeners how to garden organically!
We invite you to the Open House and Tilth Plant Sale at Luscher Farm on September 17!
Warm days and sunny skies bring life, color and happiness to the Oregon Tilth Demonstration Garden this summer!
The great wet wonderland of the Pacific Northwest garden!
It's a busy Spring in the Demonstration Garden at Luscher Farm. Huge thanks to our hard-working volunteers for keeping the garden weed free and well tended. Take a virtual tour of our beautiful, bountiful, and vibrant teaching space!
Tantalizing windows of sunshine during this fickle Spring lend to a rather chaotic bed-preparation and planting regimen.
Wet. Wet. Wet. After weeks of rain, we find ourselves in a holding pattern. The soil is far too wet to prep, and the few beds that were covered and/or mulched (in January) for early spring panting, have since found themselves occupied by greens, peas, onions, leeks, and a speckled smattering of lettuce.
Just as we step from Spring's starting-line, the month of March has us feeling somewhat winded already - but surely satisfied. This week marks the culmination of our initial Comprehensive Organic Gardener (COG) course, as well as most of our early spring plantings.
Things are beginning to heat-up in the demonstration garden - the birds, the soil, the compost, our hands! This week we'll be transplanting our first batch of Spring Brassicas...
Reticent to dive in, wringing my numb hands, stomping my rubberized feet, I wondered if perhaps the beds were still too wet...
This time of year, the cold shoulder of the spring season, we are seeding our earliest crops, finalizing the garden plan, and remembering lessons from years' past.
Luscher Farm, home of Oregon Tilth's Organic Demonstration Garden sits on the Urban Growth Boundary of Portland, OR. As a public park, working farm, community garden, and teaching space, Luscher Farm provides a valuable, and unique, gathering place for the community. It is a regional destination, both historic and progressive in nature, and it needs our ongoing attention! If you've visited, or hope to visit in the future, please complete this online survey, and tell us about your relationship to Luscher Farm. Your input will help inform a master plan for the next quarter century - preserving, protecting, and enhancing this precious agricultural resource of the Willamette Valley!