500! That is a pretty large number, especially in TV terms. Yet, here we are, celebrating our 500th episode this weekend. If you would have asked us if we were going to make it for 500 episodes when we started, none of us would have thought we would make it this far. We have had such a good time doing the show and we have also enjoyed the support of great fans like you, which has made all the difference. The best news? We have just signed a contract for another two years of shows with the TV stations!
This weekend, Saturday the 17th, we are celebrating this milestone at the Portland Nursery on Stark Street between 10am and 2pm. More details are in the story below. Please stop by and say hi!
This is our last ‘tips of the month’ for 2018 and so we stopped by to visit with Jan McNeilan one last time before the cold winds blow, but they had already arrived. She talked with William from her cold and windy backyard near a massive mahonia. This was a perfect plant for talking about winter plants and winter birds. The mahonia was in full bloom and was the most popular plant in Jan’s garden right now. It is a favorite of hummingbirds and bees when the rest of the garden was going to sleep. This is a good reminder that your garden is still a home to other species even when the temperatures drop to freezing. Adding plants of winter interest will help you emotionally and your bird friends to physically survive the cold months ahead. It isn’t too late to plant either. Remember to get plants in the ground soon, providing plenty of water and mulch to help them survive the cooler temps. If you have pots or containers that you want to save bring them indoors, into protected areas or cover them with leaves or other mulch. This is true for your beds too. Jan told us that fallen leaves are ‘gold’ for protecting your bedding plants in the winter. Just rake them into the beds to provide a blanket of protection. Then in the spring you can rake them off and add that to your regular compost once the warmth returns.
Speaking of water; we still haven’t had a significant rainfall yet. That means your landscape plants may be suffering from a lack of water. Give them a good drink every once in a while until those soaking rains return. For more gardening tips, or to get your gardening questions answered, you can check out the OSU Extension website, and ask an expert for some help! We’ll see Jan again in the spring when we kick off our 14th season of Garden Time.
Portland Nursery Wreaths – 500th Celebration
Tis the season… for decorating! We stopped by Portland Nursery (503-231-5050) and talked with Sara about how to get a jump start on your holiday decorating! Portland Nursery has become known for their holiday wreath and kissing ball classes. Sara told us that building your own decorations for the holidays can add another dimension to your Christmas season. Portland Nursery offers a bunch of classes at both of their locations for people who need a little help getting a jump start on their decorating. If you have a group of friends it can even be more fun! You just have to contact the stores to see when classes are taking place. If you don’t need a class to make your own wreath or kissing ball, then they have you covered there too. Both stores have all the things you need to get you started, including greens, ribbons and other supplies.
This weekend there is another reason to stop by the Stark Street store. Portland Nursery is helping Garden Time celebrate our 500th episode by hosting a party between 10am and 2pm. Stop by and see William and Judy, enter to win prizes and enjoy cake at 11am. Plus, you can also enjoy tastings and buy Bauman Cider! Prizes include Timber Press books, gift cards to Portland Nursery and Garden Time t-shirts. Stop by, say hi and enjoy the day with Garden Time.
Rachel’s Shoe Update
A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to Rachel Bigej from Al’s Garden and Home (503-726-1162). She was collecting shoes for the ‘Soles 4 Souls’ campaign which helps people in need. Well, we thought you would like to hear an update on the drive. We heard back from Rachel and are proud to announce that she was able to collect over 1,000 pairs of shoes! She, and Garden Time, would like to thank everyone who took time to drop off some shoes and help her in this worthy cause!
Timber Press Winter Reading
The cool, rainy winter months are terrible for outdoor gardening, but indoor garden books are perfect in the bad weather. To see what is new in garden books we stopped by Timber Press and talked to Tom Fischer. Tom had a huge pile of fresh books that were coming to your local book store! We started with one called ‘Our Native Bees’. This one brings attention to our native bee populations, of which there are hundreds out there. Sure the European honey bee is very important, but this book is full of great information on our native species. For example, did you know that bumble bees are the only bee that can fertilize tomatoes? It is because their wings beat at a specific frequency to dislodge the pollen on tomatoes. The next book was ‘Gardening Under Lights’. With all the changes in technology there are a lot more opportunities for growing indoors. This book covers all the aspects of growing indoors. The third book was for the black thumb people in our group. These are the people who think they can’t grow anything. ‘Handmade Houseplants’ is a book that shows you how to make paper flowers and plants. It was incredible how realistic these plants looked! The Timber Press staff even made some that we were able to show in the story. The fourth book was called ‘Creating Sanctuary’ and was all about bringing calm and wellbeing through our gardens and gardening. This included garden design and plant selection so you can create a sacred space and cultivate calm in your life. The next book was just for the beginning gardener called ‘Ground Rules’. It contained 100 easy lessons for growing a garden. Even though it is a great gift for the new gardener Tom mentioned that it is a good reminder book for established gardeners as well. We were working our way through the pile when we came to ‘The Garden in Every Sense and Season’. This is a book that takes you through every season in the garden. Essays bring to mind details in the garden and refocuses our attention to the wonders that each season holds. It stimulates all 5 senses through words. The final book was one with a risqué title called ‘Garden Lust’! This book is actually a tour of some of the top, new, botanic garden around the world. All these featured gardens were built after the year 2000. If you want to see some of the best and brightest new gardens, this is your book. The photos were outstanding!
To find all these great garden books you can stop by your local book seller or order them through the Timber Press website. If you want a chance to win one of these great books you can stop by the 500th episode celebration on the 17th between 10am and 2pm. We will be drawing winners from people who attend our celebration!
NW Natural – Tapalaya Recipe
Fall is the time for good, hearty, home cooked meals and if you can use something from your garden, that makes it even tastier. We met with Chef Anh Luu from Tapalaya (503-232-6652) who was going to share one of her signature dishes from the restaurant at the NW Natural Appliance Center (503-220-2362) in SW Portland. This dish was a fall vegetable hash. She started with a couple cups of potatoes that were par cooked (pre-boiled to speed up cooking time) and browned in a hot pan with oil. Once they were browned completely, Chef Anh added a vegetable medley from the garden. This medley included cauliflower, broccoli, onions and zucchini. She then added some garlic, a fresh squeeze of lemon juice and some Cajun seasoning. In another pan she fried an egg in butter and oil, leaving it with a runny yolk. Then she plated everything up. The vegetables went on the dish and the egg went on top. It was garnished with some Thai basil sauce and a sprinkling of parsley across the top! Yummy!
While she was cooking we were able to chat about using natural gas appliances in the kitchen. Natural gas is the standard for chefs and serious foodies. It heats up quickly, is easy to regulate the cooking temperatures and is really cheap to use! Plus, cooking is just one benefit to using gas appliances. You can also get gas grills, fireplaces, ovens and ranges and even additional heating units to extend your outdoor entertaining! For more information on natural gas appliances check out the NW Natural Appliance Center and for some great food, stop by Tapalaya!