20 of the best Pacific Northwest garden books: See authors at the Great Grow Along virtual festival – OregonLive


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Lorene Edwards Forkner wrote “The Beginners Guide to Growing Great Vegetables.”Timber PressAre you ready to get your hands back into soil? Now’s the time for seasoned gardeners to plot their harvest schedules and for those new to gardening to plan their next step. It’s estimated that 16 million Americans started gardening during the coronavirus pandemic.Across the Pacific Northwest and beyond, people turned ignored patches of their yard into fertile plots to grow their own organic vegetables, herbs, berries and fruit.As spring planting takes place, local nurseries and garden centers are prepared to provide information and materials. You can also find more growing tips at a virtual garden festival, called The Great Grow Along, March 19-21. There will be more than 40 classes taught by garden experts, many of whom have had their books published by Portland-based Timber Press.The $29.99 ticket includes three days of online interactions as well as six months of access to advice on DIY landscaping, houseplants, urban gardens and pollinator-welcoming horticulture.Jasmine Jefferson, founder of Black Girls With Gardens, will explain how to create an edible garden from scratch and Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd.com will talk about how to nurture a mini fruit orchard while other speakers will branch out to include recipes: Wendy Kiang Spray will dish about Chinese vegetables and Tasha Greer will toss in ways to grow spices.Kate Frey, co-author of “The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity,” wants you to replace your lawn with a “paradise,” Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily will encourage backyard chickens and Jovan Sage will discuss medicinal plants.Lorene Edwards Forkner, author of “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” and “The Beginners Guide to Growing Great Vegetables,” will focus on regionally specific plants and schedules based on climate, weather, and the first and last frost.“Our gardens ground us,” says Edwards Forkner. “This past year, experienced growers turned to the soil to connect with familiar seasonal rhythms when everything else was off-kilter. It’s exciting to watch newcomers to our gardening tribe discover the power of those connections as well as the satisfaction of harvesting blossoms and flavors.”Daryl Beyers from “The New Gardener’s Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Grow a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden”Timber PressGardening books: These authors will be participating in The Great Grow Along: Michelle Balz, author of “No-Waste Composting: Small-Space Waste Recycling, Indoors and Out. Plus, 10 Projects to Repurpose Household Items Into Compost-Making Machi”Sue Betz of “Herbal Houseplants: Grow Beautiful Herbs – Indoors! for Flavor, Fragrance, and Fun”Daryl Beyers of “The New Gardener’s Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Grow a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden”Nicole Burke of “Kitchen Garden Revival: A Modern Guide to Creating a Stylish, Small-Scale, Low-Maintenance, Edible Garden”Lorene Edwards Forkner, author of “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” and “The Beginners Guide to Growing Great Vegetables” Kevin Espiritu of “Grow Bag Gardening: The Revolutionary Way to Grow Bountiful Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers in Lightweight, Eco-Friendly Fabric Pot”Kate Frey, who wrote “Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden”Sue Goetz of “Complete Container Herb Gardening: Design and Grow Beautiful, Bountiful Herb-Filled Pots”Tasha Greer of “Grow Your Own Spices: Harvest Homegrown Ginger, Turmeric, Saffron, Wasabi, Vanilla, Cardamom, and Other Incredible Spices — No Matter Where”Leslie Halleck of “Tiny Plants: Discover the Joys of Growing and Collecting Itty-Bitty Houseplants”Cali Kim of “Organic Gardening for Everyone: Homegrown Vegetables Made Easy – No Experience Required!”Sean and Allison McManus, who wrote “The First-Time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers: All the Know-How You Need to Plant and Tend Outdoor Areas Using Eco-Friendly Methods”Mary Ann Newcomer of “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States”Kelly Norris of ”New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden”Wendy Kiang Spray from “The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes from a Classic Cuisine”Timber PressSeeds: The Oregonian columnists Marcia Westcott Peck and Dennis Peck buy seeds adapted to the Pacific Northwest from Territorial Seed Company, Nichols Garden Nursery, Adaptive Seeds, Peace Seed Organic, Siskiyou Seeds, Wild Garden Seed and Victory Seeds.Seed trays: Small, shallow containers with drainage, from egg cartons to Burpee seed-staring kits, can be filled with a seed-starting potting mix, and planted with seeds, sprinkled with water and placed on a sunny spot.Planters: Read about the plant’s growing instructions to know the container’s full-grown size and depth, then select a vessel based on a style that appeals to you, from textured, earth-fired clay pots to steel rectangle troughs.Raised vegetable beds: Build your own or use a kit. Overstock has outdoor containers and pot display racks.— Janet Eastman | [email protected] | @janeteastmanNote to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.
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