SEE & PLANT Summer means blueberries—and the perfect time to trek to the Willamette Valley’s many U-pick farms (pickyourown.org/ORnw.htm). Consider a reconnaissance mission to choose berries for your own garden. Common favorites include high-bush varieties Bluecrop and Spartan; low-bush (small, shrubby plants) varieties are slightly wilder in flavor. When you bring your plants home, water them deeply and infrequently. Scratch in organic 8-5-5 fertilizer and bonemeal according to package directions. Fish fertilizer helps provide micronutrients during bud set. For more tips—as well as a phenomenal blueberry ice cream recipe—visit portlandmonthlymag.com/berries.

DO IT
With summer vegetables in full swing, a garden needs water—consistent, deep watering every few days is better than frequent light sprinkles. Harvest often to avoid monster zucchinis and rotten tomatoes. Keep a basket by the door and step outside every day to pick. Scratch balanced organic fertilizer around heavily producing vegetables to keep them healthy, especially cucumbers, squash, and melons.

This article appeared in the August 2011 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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