Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 29)

Plant workshops at Trillium Charter School

With the days growing longer and the snow, we hope, behind us, it’s time to think about garden projects for the spring and summer. Three upcoming workshops at Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate in Overlook) are a great way to get started.

Naturescaping basics
Presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m – 1 p.m.

Naturescaping is the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases stormwater runoff while saving you time, money and energy. This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores:

  • pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use
  • how native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips

Learn more and register online.

Seed to supper
Presented by Oregon Food Bank
Mondays at 5:30 p.m. starting Feb. 6

Seed to Supper is a free 6-week beginning gardening course that gives adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. Participants will be given a free gardening book, seeds, plant starts, trowels, a certificate of completion and more.

Register online.

Urban weeds
Presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Thursday, March 2, 6:30-9 p.m.

Weeds – we all have them. Come learn how to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. We will walk you through how these aggressive plants take over in your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides.

Register online.

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