Luscher Farm


May 2013  



Hi Community Gardeners!


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Karen Davis

Luscher Farm Coordinator
Lesser Celandine is on the prowl, or maybe I should say on the gallop.  This beautiful plant is rapidly spreading  throughout  the Northwest and has arrived in the Portland area big time.   It looks like an over sized buttercup/daisy flower with colt-hoof shaped leaves that are rather shiny and rubbery.  The plant spreads by seeds,roots, tubers or even plant parts.  When removing these plants, dispose of them in plastic bags with the garbage, not the compost pile or your recycle lawn debris cans.  Nothing makes it happier than good a compost environment.  It is know to completely overtake forest floors killing native plants.  It is often brought in by compost or plants that have have been dug up and moved into people's gardens.  Don't let this beautiful plant fool you.  The Dept of Agriculture has information about it and Goggle is always available.  Some community gardens in Portland have it spreading throughout their plots.  Check your home gardens and your neighborhood. 




Good News - Garden Help Is Available For Hire!!

If you need work done in your plot this year you might consider hiring Luscher Farm's Caretaker, Brice Anderson.  Brice is available to do projects you don't want to or aren't able to do yourself. You may contact him directly at 503-313-5478 to discuss details.


Interested in having your plot rototilled?


Working up the soil in a plot that hasn't been worked much  for a few years is back breaking work!  Consider bringing in some mulch and tilling it in makes gardening much more enjoyable.  Bring in your own tiller or call Karen at 503-638-0376.  Our caretaker will till overgrown/ weedy plots for $75 or mostly weed free plots for $50.  






Make a CSA Share Smoothie 

Use your fresh produce to create a healthy drink that aids digestion and adds energy to your life.  One green strong smoothie every day can help you lose weight and feel great. Recipes included. 

Thursday, May 16       6-7:30p 

To register , click here   



Tomato Tips from Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners share their knowledge and secrets for growing America's favorite vegetable.  You will be the most popular person in the neighborhood!  Topics include choosing varieties, transplanting, fertilizing, staking and watering needs.

Saturday, May 11     2:30-4p 

To register, click here 



Lake Oswego Hanging Baskets  

Treat your favorite Mom and yourself to a "do it yourself"

 class, making your own look-a-like Lake Oswego Hanging

 Basket.  Learn to make you own basket using identical plants,

 and other materials.  Leave with your creation that

compliments your home's color theme.

To register: 

Saturday May 5     10:-11:15    click here           

Saturday  May 5     1-2:15 p      click here




To register for other classes, click here 


Things to do this Month
  • Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias beginning in mid-May.
  • Invest in a soil thermometer. It should be time to plant brussel sprouts, cucumbers, onions, and potatoes by mid-month.  Consider buying a soil thermometer.
  • Control slugs with bait (iron phosphate based) or traps or by removing by hand (ick). They like to hide under boards, so lay down a few boards and gather them when you go to garden.
  • Red Pot owners said that tomato starts are ahead of schedule this year, as opposed to the last two years due to warmer weather and less rain this year.
  • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color.
  • Put some organic matter into your soil as your start gardening this year- it's so good for your garden. It will pay off.
  • Watch for blossoms on your strawberries.  Then mark your calendar 45 days into the future to remind yourself when you will have berries for your breakfast. 

Something to Think about if Your Are Planning a Tomato Garden 


An old man lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard.


His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:


Dear Burno,

I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up the garden plot. I know if you were here, my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig up the plot for me, like you did in the old days.




A few days later he received a letter from his son.


Dear Pop,

Don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried,




At 4 the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.


That same day the old man received another letter from his son.


Dear Pop,

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love you,


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