Friday, June 28, 2013

Harvesting Now

Last year the Campbell Community Garden gave away 861 pounds of produce to local food pantries. This year we have set our donation goal at 2,000 pounds; as of June 27th we have given away 266 pounds of veggies and herbs.
Beets with greens, carrots, kale, purple sage, snap peas, and lettuce

Sunday, June 16, 2013

It is time to plant warm weather veggies!

It's not too late to plant tomatoes! The weather is warm enough to plant all of the warm weather crops, AND it is time to start planning your FALL and WINTER gardens :)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Planting Leeks

The Campbell Community Garden is producing enough produce right now to warrant once a week donations to our Harvest Sharing Garden recipients; soon we will be harvesting twice a week. Last week I chatted with Mary, who is enjoying the veggies I drop off each week; I told her we harvested our first snap peas and there would be more to come for the next several weeks, and that our tomatoes were planted, but quite a ways off from harvesting. She asked me about leeks, telling me that they were a big hit with a lot of people receiving our donations. Our leeks are still many weeks away from harvest time, but they are planted!
Here is a video, filmed a few weeks ago, showing how to plant Bandit and Tadorna Leeks, thanks to Straw Bale Films!

The leeks are growing fast, June 9, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

2013 Tomato Planting

Thanks to generous Campbell Garden Sponsors, garden volunteers planted tomatoes and peppers in our Harvest Sharing Garden on May 19th.
Black Gold donated organic fertilizer to help our plants thrive!

Hansen Family Farm is sponsoring our tomato garden again this year by giving us 20 tomato plants and 14 pepper plants. The Hansen's grow an amazing assortment of veggie starts for sale at the Milwaukie Farmers Market on Sundays and at the Oregon City Farmers Market on Saturdays.

While mid-May was still a little early for setting tomato and other warm weather plants directly out into the garden (they really prefer warmer weather), thanks to the generous donation of greenhouse plastic from Naomi's Organic Farm Supply and metal hoops from Family Table Farm, we were able to tuck our tomatoes and peppers into a warm cloche. We will keep the plastic on until the temperatures are consistently warm and the threat of severe rains are past.

We learned a lot in our first year growing veggies to donate through our Harvest Sharing Program. Unusual colored tomatoes didn't go over well with many of our harvest recipients; we would often find the brownish or purplish tomatoes left in the previous weeks donation box; and those colored tomatoes were harder for some of our volunteer pickers to determine ripeness of, resulting in a few tomatoes left to spoil on the vines. This year we are concentrating on growing round, red tomatoes, with just a few colored ones thrown in for variety. Split resistant varieties that will hold up while being transported are important; . Christie Hansen helped us pick out the tomato varieties to grow. See the list below:
New Yorker
Tomatoes and peppers tucked into a cloche.
Yellow Pear
Valley Girl
Dark Orange Muscat
Sweet Million
Snow White
Green Zebra

California Wonder
Marconi Red
Roumanian Rainbow
Wisconsin Lakes
Early Jalapeno
Wenk’s Yellow Hot

Sunday, April 28, 2013

One Year Ago Today

We broke ground on Campbell Community Garden one year ago today! After many months of planing, fundraising, and permitting, volunteers from Landscape East and West arrived at the Campbell School Grounds on Saturday April 28, 2012, to install water lines into the garden site.

Campbell Community Garden, April 28, 2012
First day of construction; waterlines and hose bibs installed,
 professional labor and materials donated by Landscape East & West. 

Today the garden is thriving! To date we have donated 978 pounds of food grown in the garden; novice gardeners have successfully grown and harvested veggies to feed their families; we have learned a lot from tips shared by experienced gardeners, learned from our mistakes, and made many new friends.

Campbell Community Garden, April 28, 2013
Most gardens have early spring crops started, and one gardener has taken the plunge
and planted warm weather crops including tomatoes.

The 2013 growing season is off to an awesome start. Many gardeners are returning for a second year, and the vacated gardens have all been filled. We have already harvested 117 pounds of veggies (mostly greens and herbs) to donate and have set a donation goal of 2,000 pounds to be donated by the end of the year. We have started in on building a bed for rhubarb, next we will work on our blueberry patch and build a shed.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped us get to this one year milestone!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Supporting the Good Bugs

The Campbell Community Garden is tended using organic, natural gardening methods. This year we are introducing beneficial insects and incorporating more flowers into our gardens to support those good bugs while they fight the bad bugs.

The insects we plan to introduce include:
Atheta coriaria (Rove Beetle, attacks soil dwelling insects)
Stratiolaelaps scimitus (soil dwelling predatory mite)
Aphidoletes aphidimyza (Midge, attacks aphids)

Some of the flowers we plan to plant for the insects include:
Parsley and Cilantro (we will allow it to flower), Sweet Alyssum (we have seeds started and purchased a few plants), Sunflower (dwarf varieties), Marigold, Calendula, and Borage.We are also allowing a few Kale plants to flower.

The video below from P. Allen Smith is a nice overview of on insectary garden.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Harvest Sharing Gardens

The Campbell Community Garden was set up with three garden plots dedicated to growing produce to give away, plus a perennial herb garden for the gardeners to use part and and give away part. The idea behind the dedicating sharing gardens was to establish a system of giving away produce early on, so that when gardeners had excess veggies in their individual plots, it would be easy for them to give them away rather than let them waste away unharvested. We call these gardens the Harvest Sharing Gardens.

2012 was the first year for the Campbell Community Garden, with the first seeds and starts planted on June 1st. We didn't set a harvest donation goal, since we had no idea how much food we would be capable of growing. We ended up harvesting 861 pounds of food to give away to neighbors in need  in 7 short months!

Kale, Collards, Parsley, lettuce and Radishes were harvested on March 27th
Our goal for the Harvest Sharing Gardens for 2013 is to give away 2,000 pounds of fruits and veggies. So far we have given away 76 pounds!
In late February, garden volunteers started seeds started in pots to replace the over-wintering crops in the Harvest Sharing Gardens. Snap Peas, Kale, Arugula, Mustard, Beets, and more.
Thanks to Sun Gro Horticulture for the donation of Black Gold Seed Seedling Mix potting soil to get our seedlings off to a great start; and to Tempus Dictum Inc. for their financial support of two Harvest Sharing Gardens in 2013!

This spring we will be adding a 25 foot row of Rhubarb and 12 Blueberry bushes to our Harvest Sharing Gardens; so who knows how much we will be able to give away in 2014. If you want to support us in our efforts, please contact garden director Sarah Smith at 503-653-0015 or send an email to

Friday, March 29, 2013

Early Spring Planting

Spring is in the air! What to plant right now? Peas, radish, lettuce, beet, and chard are all pretty safe bets for right now, we will probably still see a few frosts this season, cold tolerant veggies should come through fine.

It is too early for tomatoes, even though you will see them on the big box nursery racks any day now, it is too cold for them to spend the nights (happily) outside. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and many other warm season fruits and veggies need over night temperatures above 50 degrees. Is that bare tomato patch just too empty looking? Plant some lettuce from purchased starts or plant radish seeds, both will be ready to harvest by tomato planting time. Here is a link to the Clackamas County Master Gardeners information on Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden

Here is the first in a series of videos filmed in the Campbell Community Garden. Thanks to Straw Bale Films for their support of our garden!

THANKS to Straw Bale Films for their support of our community!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

All gardens are rented

The Campbell Garden is fully rented for the 2013 growing season. If you are interested in a garden, please register and you will be put onto the waiting list.

To find out about other gardens in the Milwaukie area, contact Milwaukie Community Gardens at 503-342-6330

Saturday, March 16, 2013

One garden left to rent!

Preparing the herb garden for planting last spring.
We have one 4' x 12' garden left to rent for the 2013 growing season. If you want to garden with us, register today! Once the last plot is rented, registrants will be put onto a waiting list and will be notified when a plot becomes available.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Gardens For Rent!

It is time to rent a plot for the 2013 growing season! Register by filling out the online form found on the CCG Registration tab at the top of this web page. Or call Sarah: 503-653-0015 to have a printed registration form mailed to you.

4 ft x 12 ft plots $30

10 ft x 10 ft plots $40

10 ft x 20 ft plots $55

In addition to paying the yearly rent, gardeners are expected to help with maintaining garden common areas, participating in garden projects and otherwise contribute to our gardening community.

New to growing veggies? Don’t worry, a community garden is a great place to learn!

Not sure what size plot to rent? The bigger the plot, the bigger the time commitment needed when planting, tending, and harvesting.

Feel free to call Sarah with questions: 503-653-0015
Campbell Garden veggies harvested for donation on October 4th, 2012