Luscher Farm


November 2012  



Welcome to Luscher Farm's Community Garden Newsletter!


Remember, we want everyone to get their required four hours of work completed so you will be able to return next year.  Those of you who haven't done your hours should talk to me about projects.  We want you back next year!  Give me a call so I can have some chores ready for you when you come out.  The work projects change nearly daily.


Have you noticed the BIG improvement in the toolshed? Gardener  Dirk Schulbach devised a new system for hanging tools up on the walls.  They at so neat and orderly, they are practically filed!!  Another Farm improvement is the gift of an wooden glider for the cement porch on the west side of the Farmhouse, compliments of Keri Brown of Lake Oswego!  Thanks to both of you!!


Karen Davis

Luscher Farm Coordinator

Things To Do This Month

  • Watch a fun video made about  the Lake Oswego's scarecrows at 
  • Check any existing tomatoes. Green tomatoes with a star on the blossom end are good for frying.
  • The Portland area's average first frost is between October 20 and 31.  The average first freeze is November 8. 
  • Cut back perennials.
  • Add some dolomite lime (available at most garden centers) to your soil during the Fall. I buy 5# Lily Miller's Super Sweet for about $6 and it lasts for several years. The winter rains will dissolve it so it will be available for next year's veggie root systems just when they need it.
  • Consider covering your plot for the winter.  It really helps to break the cycle of persistent weeds.  Don't use our cardboard for this purpose though. We don't have enough for every one, it is way too expensive, and it  takes up too much space in the dumpster and landfill.  Secure your covering so it stays in place during our very windy winter months.
  • Plant your garlic if you haven't yet.
  • Watch the mail for your gardening reiteration letter in early November so you can sign up again for 2013.

Class # 4325085

November Garden Activities


Classes at Luscher Farm


Autumn Wreath Class 

Since ancient times the wreath - a simple circle of leaves, boughs or flowers - has served as a symbol of honor, faith or celebration. A wreath of golden wheat, mini-pumpkins or cornhusks celebrates the harvest. Learn how to decorate your home, both indoors and outdoors, with the beautiful handmade wreath you will create.

Saturday October 27   2-4p

Class # 4325710

To register, click here


Starting Clematis and Perennials from Seed

It's fun, it's easy and it saves a lot of $ !!  Learn to start many clematis and herbaceous perennials from seed. Materials provided. Learn to harvest mature seed, including some heirloom herbaceous perennials, too. Instructor is FRCC'S own Linda Beutler. Dress for the weather.

Saturday November 3    10a-12p  

Class # 4325085 

To register, click here   


To register for other classes, click here.



fall leaves

You will want to check out this very impressive article that features Luscher Farm on the Huffington Post blog by Julie Brothers and co-authored by Lee Glenn. They stopped by and fell in love with the Farm. Here are some excerpts. For the full article go to:


 I hope you find these monthly newsletters interesting and informational. They are sent out the fourth Thursday of each month. Please tell me if there are topics you would like me to include in future
If you have any comments  or questions you may reach me at or 503-638-0376.  

See you in the garden,
In This Issue
Things To Do This Month
November Garden Activities
We Are Getting Famous
Discover Active Living!

To view the Fall 2012 Catalog, click here. To register for Parks & Recreation programs, please call the registrar 503-675-2549 or visit
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