How to Garden On the Cheap in Portland

Having moved here from Seattle quite a while ago, I was really impressed with how many people in Portland are avid gardeners. It doesn’t seem to matter how old you are, what color you are, what your income level is, or what your lifestyle choices are, it seems like gardening is a level playing field. I am a broke gardener, so I usually try and exchange seeds or starts with friends, and hit the farmer’s markets for herb and veggie starts.

I was at Portland Nursury last weekend with my parents, and am always blown away by their selection, but the prices are more than I can afford on my budget. They were cool though and bought me a hops start, and some other fun plants I’d been drooling over. It does crack me up to see the incredibly wealthy with their “landscape artists” dropping thousands on huge plants rather than growing them.

I know a lot of organizations put on plant sales, as well as some of the gardens. If you know of any good resources for healty plants I would love to hear about them. I’m grabbing a bin of worms for my vermaculture compost from a friend who has towers of happy worms. I’m also making some garden art to train my vines. I figure it’s a heatlhy hobby, even though people think I’m a total dork because my seeds have started coming up and I was dancing around like a happy idiot.

Happy gardening to all of you!

1 Comment so far

  1. H-daddy (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Check out the Recycled Gardens out in the Western Burbs off of Hwy 26. They are a non-profit group that has a decent selection, although not as good as Portland Nursery, for really cheap prices.

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