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Find the Olla!

Find the Olla!

Last year Dripping Springs Ollas donated two Ollas to the CROPS farm program here in Multnomah County.  CROPS is an acronym for “Community Reaps Our Produce and Shares”. This organization grows, harvests and donates thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables to charitable organizations in the area. Here’s a picture of a small section of the farm… Continue Reading

Recipes for Hairy Bittercress

Recipes for Hairy Bittercress

For the past few years, I’ve been battling a particularly pernicious weed. I’ve never known the name of this weed, I just know that once it has set seed it is impossible to remove it from the garden without shooting seeds everywhere. Let me rephrase that…it shoots seeds EVERYWHERE! I recently learned a few things… Continue Reading

DIY Grow Light Stand

DIY Grow Light Stand

It’s just the beginning of February here in the Pacific Northwest, but this year I’m determined to start my seedlings properly. And by “properly” I don’t just mean on time (although that would be nice too). This year I want a totally functional seed-starting station. So what constitutes a seed starting station? There are seed… Continue Reading

Ollas Make Great Gifts

Ollas Make Great Gifts

The Holiday Season is upon us. And that means all of the normal activities for the season…parties with family and friends…maybe a few moments stolen from our hectic schedules to give thanks for the blessings in our lives…and of course, prayers for peace on earth. But the holidays are also a time for gift giving.  If… Continue Reading

New 1-Quart Ollas are Perfect for Potted Plants

New 1-Quart Ollas are Perfect for Potted Plants

Good news! Dripping Springs Ollas has just announced a brand new product. They will now be manufacturing Ollas in two different sizes. Dripping Springs will continue to make their flagship product, a 2-gallon Olla, that is perfect for raised beds, in-ground gardens and large planters. But now, they will also make a smaller 1-quart Olla designed… Continue Reading

Mason Bee Mystery

Mason Bee Mystery

Here’s an update on my mason bee mystery. If you read my first post about building a mason bee box, you know that my mason bee box has about a dozen nests that were clearly built by mason bees. Those nests are capped off with mud, and were all completed within mason bee season, which typically… Continue Reading

Mason Bees in My Garden

Mason Bees in My Garden

By now, if you’re a gardener, you’ve read about those industrious little orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria). Native, wild bees—like the mason bee—don’t live in hives and they don’t make honey. They pretty much do only one thing, and they do it exceptionally well. They pollinate fruiting trees and plants. In fact, according to Crown… Continue Reading

Olla Irrigation and Summer Drought

Olla Irrigation and Summer Drought

The drought in California is making national news. But the truth is that all of the West coast has been receiving less rain than normal. Even here in Oregon, our normally dry summer started earlier than usual and has been hotter than usual. The days have been so hot, that I’ve found it difficult to spend much quality… Continue Reading

Parking Strip Garden

Parking Strip Garden

I’m so lucky to live in Portland, Oregon. Today, the reason for my gratitude are all the beautiful gardens in my neighborhood. It’s delightful to walk around SE Portland. Most days I stop at least once…even when I’m running errands…just to smell the roses. I mean that quite literally. On this particular walk, however, I stopped to… Continue Reading

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