Here is a fun fact: in Oregon, money really does grow on trees! Rather, the trees make Oregon money. Nursery men and women in Oregon grow the widest variety of ornamentals, shade trees and edible plants. Oregon grown trees are such high quality that they were hand selected to be planted in front of the U.S. Capital building in Washington, D.C. You can see a picture of that tree on the back of a $50 bill today.
August is the height of Oregon’s bounty. It’s also the best time to plan and plant your winter vegetable garden and prepare to plant your trees and shrubs in Fall.We have such a mild climate that you can grow a range of plants year round.
Some vegetables transplants you can plant now are cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts. Seeds you can plant now include: Arugula, Cilantro, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Peas, Radish, Salad greens, and Turnips.
You can get starts and seeds at grocery stores, nurseries, and garden centers. Ask your local nursery about what will work best in your location.
If you do not have outdoor garden space to grow at your home, you can always plant in pots or see if there is a school or community garden near by you can volunteer in or have a garden plot. You can also explore vertical gardening in or outdoors.
There are so many benefits to growing plants with your kids. Gardening engages your kids with food and their environment in a way few other activities can. Kids gain a genuine sense of pride and ownership over something that they nurture. Another added bonus is that if kids grow it, they’ll eat it. Even if kids grow a little bit of kale, they are more likely to taste it and eat it. And who doesn’t want their kids eating more vegetables?
Kids of all ages can succeed in the garden and the earlier you get them started the better. You don’t have to have a green thumb to garden with your kids. It’s best when you learn beside them.