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Beauty of the Rain

Beauty of the Rain

In case you haven’t heard, it’s been raining a lot here in the Pacific Northwest. And the proof of it lies with this beautiful shot of strawberry leaves in my garden. I noticed it the other morning, and I assumed that I was seeing an unusual configuration of dew drops. But I was wrong.

Guttation on Strawberry Leaves This symmetrical arrangement of water droplets is actually called guttation.Guttation is moisture that is emitted from within the plant. People often assume that guttation occurs because the plant has been over watered. But I can attest that I don’t overwater, because I use Ollas to irrigate my garden…and Ollas will only release water when the soil is dry.

Have I mentioned that we’ve gotten lots of rain lately? This phenomenon is due purely to the amount of water that has fallen from the sky. At first, I was alarmed that my poor plants were drowning. But I’ve since learned that guttation is a perfectly normal response on the part of a plant, and it isn’t harmful.

Lucky for me, it is beautiful. Happy rain day everybody!

Spring Sale: 20% Off 2-Gallon Ollas!

Spring Sale: 20% Off 2-Gallon Ollas!

Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s almost time to start gardening. The sun is peeking out today, and the ground is warming (and drying) up. That’s good news for anyone who wants to grow their own vegetables or nurture the bees. Here at Plug and Play Gardens, we’re doing our part by offering our 2-gallon Olla… Continue Reading

The Market Gardener: A Grower’s Handbook

The Market Gardener: A Grower’s Handbook

I like to read gardening books, but I must admit that I skim over all of the generic information I’ve read a thousand times. You know, the 20 or 30 or 40 pages taken up with “Understanding Your Zones” or the obvious advice to grow everything in full sun. At this point, I’m looking for something… Continue Reading

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

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

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

Multnomah County’s Urban Farm

Multnomah County’s Urban Farm

Ok, I’ve been totally remiss about posting to my blog…but my mea culpa aside… I’ve still been busy meeting with gardeners and introducing them to the idea of using Ollas for garden irrigation. A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet with Jerry Hunter of the Multnomah County CROPS program. CROPS, which stands… Continue Reading

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