1. A message from Aaron Schwartz about the Northwest Permaculture Convergence (coming up soon!):
I'm doing promotion for the 2013 northwest permaculture convergence, http://nwpermies.blogspot.com/
I think it may be of interest to those in your group (lots of gardening workshops). Would you be willing to post it as a meetup with the following blurb?
PSA: Run until 12 am on 8/3/13
The Northwest Permaculture Convergence brings together a remarkable diversity of people from across the Cascadian Bioregion, all with creative approaches for designing living environments, and economic and culture systems that thrive within ecologically sustainable limits. This year's event will be held August 2nd 3rd and 4th at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon 30 minutes outside of Portland
The Convergence is an annual weekend-long event that alternates between Oregon and Washington State. Practitioners across a wide spectrum of skill sets will lead workshops on topics as diverse as organic agriculture, wildcrafting, natural building, appropriate technologies, environmental remediation, disaster preparedness, community dynamics, and global justice.
Our theme for 2013 is "Hands On Where We Live" with hands-on, get dirty events at B Street Living Museum all weekend long. Permaculture addresses taking care of more needs, closer to home. Closer to home means reduced carbon footprint, more time for family, more time in the garden and more free time too!
Visit www.northwestpemaculture.org for tickets and information
Sponsored by Chelsea Green Publishing and Abundance Consulting.
2. A link to Portland Nursery newsletter http://portlandnursery.com/newsletter/current_news.html
3. From Portland Nursery
YOUR GARDEN IN THE SUMMER HEAT
We're hot here at the nursery and we're sure you are too. Here are some important tips we wanted you to have.
Our biggest concern in a heatwave is with the watering of new plantings. The best approach is to water deeply, on a low setting for 45 minutes or so — soaker hoses work best. Containers may need to be watered more than once a day, and if you have purchased plants lately and have not planted them yet, keep the plants watered and in the shade and wait until after the heat wave to plant. Also, if plants are wilting but have been watered, it may be due to warm air temperatures — no need to re-water.
For more information, you can email us at [address removed]
TOP TEN TIPS FOR TERRIBLE TEMPS
- Wilting does not always mean thirsty – Some plants like Rhododendrons will curl their leaves during high temperatures to conserve moisture. If the ground is moist and they still do this, you can use a product like Bonide Wilt Stop to cut down on moisture loss from the leaves. Apply early in the morning, or later in the evening.
- Soaker hoses use less water! – Overhead sprinklers lose a lot of water to evaporation – using soaker hoses saves water and helps with deeper watering.
- Even and consistent watering helps prevent blossom end-rot in tomatoes – Again, watering from below and at the same intervals (every other day in this weather is good) will help, but if you see blossom end-rot forming on your tomatoes use a product like Bonide’s Blossom End Rot to give them a quickly available dose of lime.
- Nematodes hate dry heat – Wait until the temperatures get back down to the mid to upper 80’s to apply nematodes, and make sure the area is well watered first before applying.
- New plantings also hate dry heat – We recommend waiting until the temperatures drop a bit before adding new plants to your garden as well. You can hold them in a shaded area for a week or so, just make sure they are kept watered.
- Freshen up those pots! – If replanting your pots, don’t forget to use Sure-Start for water retention and the mycorrhizae that will help your plants take up nutrients.
- Maxicrop for a quick boost – Our staff likes to use products like Maxicrop as a transplant solution to give new plantings (and existing ones) a boost without the danger of burning new roots.
- Wetting wilting foliage in the heat and sun can scorch! – Water from below if possible, or when the sun is off them - like early in the morning, or later in the day.
- Even established plantings need water in these temps. – But hold off on fertilizing until things cool down a bit, or use an organic form of fertilize that will slow release.
- Check labels – Most pesticides and fungicides have warnings on their labels about use during high temperatures. Check before spraying to prevent any damage.
- OK – I know I said 10 – Take a break in the shade with some ice tea to hydrate yourself as well and enjoy your garden – it’s Portland after all, and the heat won’t last long!
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4. A message from Jane Gray Morris at Portland-Permaculture meetup:
Good Monday to ya!
Apologies for the dropoff in Meetup e-mails - I've been abroad traveling for the last few weeks. Fear no longer, I'm back with your weekly dose of engaging permaculture events! There are quite the number of new opportunities coming up - Marisha Auerbach's Grow Your Own series will be continuing, the 2013 NW Permaculture Convergence is coming up at the beginning of August, and the newly listed "Night With Roberto Perez" promises to be an inspirational evening indeed.
As always, please let me know if you've got events you would like to offer so we can get them posted.
Time to start thinking about that winter garden plan... Jane Gray
Jane Gray Morris
- August 2-4, 6th Annual Northwest Permaculture Convergence: The convergence will be a plethora of hands-on self-sufficiency workshops, low-impact community design, bioregional organic farming techniques, children's activities and skill-share demos! This is a grassroots, nonprofit event - scholarships and work-trade available. Find out more at www.northwestpermaculture.org
- August 7, 7 PM Grow Your Own Produce: Seedsaving and the Winter Garden: In August, it is time to save seeds. The weather has been dry and many plants are ripening their seed. This workshop will cover the basics of saving seed and offer you the opportunity to gather some hands-on experience. August is a key month to get many starts in the ground for harvest in the winter and early spring. We will highlight key varieties and garden planning. As always, this class will highlight what is happening in the garden in August, how to preserve your harvest, and prepare for the coming month. Handouts wills include a to-do list for the month, information on seed-saving, and other pertinent information. http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Permaculture-Meetup/events/124489492/
- August 15, 6-8 PM - Fall Garden Planning Class: Ours is the perfect climate for year-round gardening but harvesting delicious greens and nutritious root crops all through the cold month requires planning ahead! Learn tips for selecting seeds and starts, getting the timing right and strategies for helping them thrive. While mid-August is too late to seed some winter crops, it is time to plant starts and quick crops. Class is held in the garden and will include permaculture perspectives and organic methods as well as information about perennial edibles for winter and early spring harvest. Meet at 5523 N. Detroit Ave. 97217, no need to RSVP.
- August 21, 7-9 PM - An Evening with Cuban Permaculture Designer, Roberto Perez: Roberto Perez will be joining us from Cuba to share about the impact of permaculture design during the "special period" of transition from dependence on foreign oil to a locally based food system. Roberto is known from the movie "How Cuba Survived Peak Oil." This event is a fundraiser for the International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba this November. http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Permaculture-Meetup/events/130926782/
- September 10, 7 PM - How to Grow Your Own Food: Putting Up the Harvest: The abundance from the garden and orchard is coming in and it is time to put it up for storage in the winter. In this class, we will discuss the key ways to store food for the winter inclulding: canning, dehydration, fermentation, and freezing. A key component of this class will be focused on how to assess what your family will eat in the winter and the space that you have available for storage. The last of the winter crops should be in the garden by Equinox so we will cover the last of the plantings. As always, this class will highlight what is happening in the garden in September, how to preserve your harvest, and prepare for the coming month. http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Permaculture-Meetup/events/124489842/
- September 14 - Barrel Oven Workshop with Eva Edleson: Don't miss this amazing opportunity to learn from one of the most renowned oven builders in our region. This workshop will help you gain both theoretical and technical skills in all aspects of oven building. >>http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Permaculture-Meetup/events/[masked]/
- September 21 - 2nd Annual Northwest Homesteading - Are you a homesteader? Interested in learning more about homesteading? Just looking for old-fashioned family fun? This is the place! Free admission. Not a Portland-local event. Find out more here >https://nwhomesteadingfair.wordpress.com/
Planet Repair Institute
8512 SE 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202
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