OurSpace GreenSpace

How you take care of your space directly affects our streets, yards and waterways.

Every year, urban runoff full of toxins from our neighborhood makes its way into the
river, overflowing sewers and storm drains along the way. Want to know what you can do to help alleviate this problem that affects us all?

By planting native
vegetation and disconnecting rain downspouts, along with other minor adjustments to your home and yard, urban runoff can be measurably reduced, enhancing watershed quality and making OurSpace a GreenSpace.

Friday, August 22, 2008

OurSpace GreenSpace is Launched!!

OurSpace GreenSpace is launched. Go beautify your garden. Use our coupon for a great discount at the Portland Nursery till the end of September 2008!

Monday, August 11, 2008

OURSPACE GREENSPACE WEBSITE LAUNCHES IN 3 DAYS! Are you ready to beautify your world?

Friday, August 8, 2008

To compost, or not to compost?

Composting can be a great way to increase the productivity of your garden or plants. It lowers the amount of trash going to landfills and is a great fertilizer!

Contrary to popular belief, composting isn't even hard! I just started composting this summer and have been surprised at how easy it is to compost. You need a few things to get started with your compost:
1) something to put the material in. I bought a compost bin at Metro Paint out at Swan Island for about $40. You can make your own, or if you don't have too many pests, dig a hole in the ground with some type of cover.
2) a pitchfork or shovel--some kind of item you can use to turn the compost
3) leftovers! The best leftovers are leaves, cut grass, coffee grounds, egg shells, fruit or veggie leavings, basically anything un-processed from your kitchen or lawn. Stay away from meats, fats, oils and things with seeds if possible. The meat/fat/oil can attract unwanted guests like raccoons, and the seeds can lead to unwanted plants growing in your compost! I have heard rumors that coffee grounds are supposed to be a natural type of pest repellant as well, but you'll have to check it out yourself!

Place your leftovers in your bin and cover. Try to make sure you use your shovel to turn the items once a week or so. You don't want your banana peels sitting on top for the fruit flies to devour! Also, make sure that your compost has enough water. If it's too dry it will take longer to turn into dirt and if it's too wet it can get moldy.

Then, when your compost has been...well...composting for long enough, you can take it out and use it as a natural fertilizer. I will be using it for my garden this fall, to prepare it for next spring. You can use it in your flower beds and around trees to help them get the nutrients they need as well.

For more information on composting, I found this website to be helpful.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Create your own backyard habitat!

Ever wonder what kinds of plants and birds used to live on the piece of land upon which your house now rests? What kind of habitats existed before some builder cut down all the trees, bulldozed all the plants, and dropped a ton of concrete, wood, and shingles on the land? Well we may not be able to go back and see, but there are things you can do to try and restore the part of your property your house is not consuming to a more natural state. The United States Department of Agriculture has created a web site focusing on conserving our natural resources (including wildlife habitats). On this site you can find some handy helpful hints you can use to turn your backyard from the usual suburb square of grass to a green, natural, wildlife habitat.

Find the Wildlife Habitat Guide here: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard/WildHab.html

Monday, August 4, 2008

A garden for humming with the birds

For those that love the sight of beautiful hummingbirds Bosky Dell Natives has the page for you.
They've listed all the native plants in Oregon that attract hummingbirds, in no time you could have a beautiful garden alive with the sound of humming. 

Click here to view the Bosky Dell Native list of hummingbird loving plants