A raised garden bed with carrots

Back in April, we revisited the Victory Gardens of the past in Plant a Victory Garden to Nurture Body & Soul, and recommended starting one your own during lockdown. Wow, did we garden! There was immense interest in vegetable gardening as seen in the more than 17,000 people who signed up for the Oregon State University Master Gardener's online Introduction to Vegetable Gardening course.

Summer is here and many beautiful butterflies are starting to emerge with the warmer weather. Invite them into your yard with a colorful beach bucket, planted with colorful and fragrant plants that attract butterflies.

nurseries for plants

The Wonderful World of Gardening

If you're like most young people today, you've probably grown up in an urban or semi-urban area where most people commute to work and nobody drives tractors. You may have had a backyard with a swing set, but not a cornfield outside your window. Perhaps you've even seen documentaries like "Food, Inc." or "Forks Over Knives" about how disconnected we are from our food system and being connected to the Earth. If you've been distraught over what you can do about it, or simply want to learn a new skill, why not take up gardening?

portland garden center

A survey done by the National Gardening Association shows that gardening is becoming increasingly popular in American homes. In 2017, approximately 117.6 million Americans did some sort of gardening. Every gardening enthusiast knows that finding the right plants is key to the success of your backyard garden project. Here are some items you need to tick off the list even as you bring the plants home.

When the weather is nice, there’s nothing more relaxing for some folks than doing some planting in their backyards.

yard garden

There has been no better time to get into home gardening than right now, as we all find ourselves at home with extra time on our hands.

colorful kale planted in a landscape

The idea of creating an edible landscape, also known as foodscaping, can seem like an undertaking that many of us hobbyist gardeners didn't have the time fore. But this summer, with a little more time on your hands and an interest in taking your garden sanctuary to the next level, imagine having a truly edible landscape right outside your door.

a deck with colorful patio furniture

If you just can’t wait for your favorite vacation destination to open up, try the next best thing. Bring the vacation to you by creating your own “six feet away” oasis in your backyard. Here are 3 easy tips to decking out your deck for summer relaxation.

close up of home canned strawberry raspberry basil jam

I know it's tempting to simply eat all your fresh berries right off the plants in your garden. But with a little self-control, and some fresh basil leaves, you can easily make this delicious Strawberry Raspberry Basil Jam in canning jars, and preserve them for enjoying later. Your future self will thank you!

a patio set up for a small outdoor gathering with lights, a grill, and patio furniture

Summer is beckoning you to come outdoors, to congregate with your friends over drinks and good food. We’ve waited indoors long enough. Let’s get outside and enjoy it. No, we won’t be traveling as much; we might scrap plans to fly and many popular vacation spots won’t yet be operational, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to soak up every minute of this summer.

Joe Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health tells The Harvard Gazette that our summer plans don’t have to be totally restrictive. It may mean that a family visit takes place on a spacious deck instead of in a living room, and with everyone an adequate distance apart.