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Master Gardeners have been growing food in Brentwood-Darlington, and they're ready to share

DAVID F. ASHTON - Showing THE BEE a flat of freshly picked red raspberries at the Demonstration Garden in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, heres Sally Campbell. Lingering COVID-19 restrictions on volunteers, and a cold spring, didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the Multnomah County Master Gardeners who've been busy tending their Demonstration Garden in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

"It's been a slow start, because we had such awful spring weather; but so far, we've already donated 200 pounds of 100% organically-farmed berries and vegetables," reported the Demonstration Garden's Co-Manager, Heidi Nichols.

"The 'Dry Farm Area' is really prospering; we'll have melons growing for the first time," grinned Nichols. "We have all sorts of vegetables, like peas, that are just about ready, and it won't be long till the beans are coming on.

"We are having squash producing now, and the tomatoes are starting to ripen at long last," Nichols told THE BEE during our mid-July visit.

And, this year, they're looking forward to a bountiful crop of grapes, of the Interlochen and Jupiter table grape varieties, she told us.

Hosting public event on August 20

After being cloistered during the pandemic, Nichols said they're looking forward to hosting a free "Open Gardens" for the public on August 20, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in their Demonstration Garden.

"We will also hold a Master Gardener Clinic — with volunteers who can answer questions about annuals, perennials, food crops — and how to take care of these things in your home garden!" enthused Nichols.

Learn more about the Multnomah County Master Gardeners online: www.multnomahmastergardeners.org


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