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Gardening Tips for Portland’s Fall Growing Season

Rachel Monahan
Posted on September 26
Person in yellow t-shirt and straw hat sits by raised garden bed.

Gabi Villaseñor of Growing Gardens, works in a garden bed at the Garden of Giving, behind Providence Milwaukie Hospital. (Denise Villaseñor)

It’s fall, but even though the rain has started, you can still get some fall planting in. Gabi Villaseñor from the local nonprofit Growing Gardens offers these tips:



Pick your favorites — broccoli, spinach, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, chard, or mustard greens — and get them in the ground. Using starts instead of seeds is easier.

The vegetables “grow really well,” says Villaseñor. “It's really cool that the Pacific Northwest lets us have this second growing season, so take advantage of that.”

☘️ Cover Crops

Plant some cover crops to help your garden be ready for spring. Two options are red clover or fava beans (yep, another veggie).

“They actually take nitrogen from the air and put it into the soil via their roots,” says Villaseñor.

If you’re not planting cover crops, mulching is a good alternative.

More Fall Gardening Resources

Get help online from Oregon State University Extension Service, staffed with volunteers from the Master Gardener program who can answer your questions.

The nonprofit, Growing Gardens, offers help to low-income folks who want to start or work on their garden.

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