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SEPTEMBER 2017

3433 NE 24th AVE. ~ PORTLAND, OR ~ 503-287-3200 
Open 7 gardening days a week *Call for current hours of operation*

A neighborhood nursery in NE Portland, OR.

Blooming in the

Foxglove, Digitalis

A beautiful plant for pollinators. Makes a nice sleep-over spot too!

Bumble Bees are some of the first pollinators to wake up in spring.

In the Nursery ~

Blueberries are in!

Just in time for

Fall planting.

Vollmer Garden

A welcome volunteer and unique variety of Love Lies Bleeding- Amaranthus caudatus ‘Dreadlocks’

Mexican Sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia

‘Red Torch’  


Blue flowers of Salvia uliginosa, Bog Sage.  Verbena bonariensis, and Gomphocarpus physocarpus , formerly Asclepias physocarpa

The Gomphocarpus is certainly living up to one of it’s common names -

Hairy Balls Milkweed.

Eryngium maritimum has been in bloom for months.

What’s Happening at Garden Fever!

Cover Crop ~ Is your vegetable bed soil looking dry, pale, & nutrient-depleted? A good cover crop is just the thing to re-invigorate the soil microbial life. Remember, healthy soil equals healthy plants!

When to plant ~

Fava Beans - Oct. 15th to Nov. 1st

Crimson Clover - Sept. 1st to Oct. 15th

Annual Rye - Sept. 1st to Nov. 30th

Winter Peas - Oct. 1st. to Dec. 31st

Garlic & Shallots ~ Planting garlic can be a very satisfying task for a gardener. One little clove produces a big head of multiple cloves. All you have to do is be patient. You plant it in October and harvest around June. In the mean time, it just takes a bit of weeding, a bit of watering, and a bit of feeding. We suggest adding bone meal at planting time and feeding with blood meal in early spring - available in our bulk bins.


We carry the best varieties for the NW. Sustainably or Organically grown in the PNW. Call for varieties on hand ~


Chesnok Red - Sustainably Grown

Duganski - Sustainably Grown

Elephant Garlic - Sustainably Grown

German Red - Sustainably Grown

Inchelium Red - Certified Organic

Lorz Italian - Certified Organic

Purple Glazer - Certified Organic

Spanish Roja - Sustainably Grown

Lizard on warm rocks, basking in the last bits of summer sun.

Garden snake, on it’s way to a warm den.

It’s the end of this year’s tomato and pepper harvest.

Spring blooming bulbs. Plant this month!

It’s a perfect time of year to plant conifers, and we just got in a beautiful selection to pick from.