Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WHAT AM I THINKING?


I entered a random drawing for a community garden plot ... and I won!  There are two sizes, 10x20 and 20x20.  Oh my gosh!  Even 10x20 is huge!!  But that is what we got.

6 year old has loved growing a cherry tomato plant in a pot by the front door.  He and I are the only ones who love tomatoes so we would just pop them in our mouths.  Jesse also loves tending gardens and recently started a compost bin in front of the condo (a terrible big no no so hopefully we can move it to the new garden).

Luscher Farm is part of the Lake Oswego Parks and Rec department.  It was donated many, many, many years ago by Rudy Luscher.  He sold it to the City in return for them caring for the place and allowing him to live there until the very end.  I used to drive the Adult Center van and back then, at 95, he was sharp as a tack and hysterically funny.  He ran it as a dairy farm, with chickens as a side note.  It totals just over 100 acres with 180 organic garden plots.  It also houses a soccer field, two dog parks and a walking/ biking path along the perimeter.  The original home and barn now house classes and camps.  Our city does an amazing job with parks and offering classes for young and old.

Jesse and Mr. 6 are excitedly making plans about what to grow!  If it is too much for us to eat, we can donate to the City and they will give to the Adult Center lunch program or for Center members.

Stay tuned! 






12 comments:

  1. What a great opportunity to get back to the earth and cultivate good times with your grandsons. I've heard nothing but good things about those community gardens.

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    1. Nourishing AND fun. The boys love our Farmer's Market so I hope they enjoy the growing of food! Mr. 6 was asking if he could grow olives!

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  2. Perhaps your first project can be moving the compost to make the soil richer. I suspect the grandsons will enjoy visiting the garden. That seems to be a popular way to garden around here.

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    1. Living in a condo, it is the ONLY way to grow anything more than one tomato plant ... and some grumpy old ladies complain about that!!!

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  3. What a fun project. The grands will love it, and you will enjoy the produce. Here's to growing your own tomatoes. Nothing better.

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    1. Fresh tomatoes ARE the best! Green beans. Celery. Spinach. Peas. That's the list so far ...

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  4. Oh My Gosh! This sounds wonderful and makes my back ache just thinking what's ahead. My kids loved to garden with me and the grandkids loved it too. One time, I took a bag of 150 Daffodil bulbs to Karen's house. They live up on a hill, with a wooded drive to get there. I gave the grands each 30 bulbs and together, we planted them, in the woods, near the driveway. When the Daffodils came up the next spring, the kids were over the moon. 15 years ago and when I visit them in the spring, I still see an occasional group of sunny, yellow Daffodils in the woods.

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    1. Oh I love love love seeing bunches of daffodils in the woods or the wild. I wonder if the boys will plant any flowers!

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  5. Wow. One of those amazing serendipities...If this isn't a signal to put down roots, AW, what is?

    200 square feet... it's a commitment for the whole family! Maybe the little ones can do the weeding since they're closer to the ground? You bring the lemonade and sunscreen, AW.

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    1. It will be a family affair for sure! Of course, right now we have 7 inches of snow!!! Hard to imagine summer!

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  6. What are you thinking??? I'll tell you what you're thinking...you're thinking, "What new, amazing adventure can I give my grandsons, my family, and myself?" You're thinking, "That looks like fun, let's give it a try!" You're thinking, "I can learn something new!" You're thinking, "I'd like to try growing and preserving my own homegrown vegies and fruits." THAT's what you're thinking. As always, your thoughts are amazing and turn into amazing actions. You GO girl!

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    1. I am helping to create MEMORIES for these little guys. Boys are so much busier than girls. I am so glad Jesse is choosing to be a stay home Dad. I cannot keep up! Honestly, he takes them out EVERY single day to play or walk or hike. 101 degrees or 13 degrees.

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