Container Veggie Gardens

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I recently stopped to smell the roses, and went on a walk with my littles in NW Portland.

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What inventive container gardening we found. Metal farm troughs used as vegetable beds beside a steep driveway:

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Of course the neighbor gets in on the act:

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Glazed tall containers mixed into established plantings:

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And old-school wooden raised beds, not hidden behind garden gates but on display in the grass strip:

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Lots of roses:

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And textural ground covers mimicking roses:

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Mini farm rows by the sidewalk:

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Charming steps:

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And a Portland blue sky.

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If you would like to tour this neighborhood and more on June 28, 2014, visit sustainableoverlook.org for details.

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Brimful Store: Beautiful Toys

Last week I visited my talented friend, Kari, in her home. This is one of those friends who amazes you with how well she does everything, balancing family and an online business. Classy. Thinking. Desiring the best of everything for her family.

Of course I was eager to see in person the toys which I had previously only viewed in her online store Brimful. So in her cute garden shed-turned-home-business, she showed me her shop wares.

Wooden toys like this camera.

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Or textile-art toys like this pear rattle:

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Wouldn’t you love to tie this natural teething ring on the top of a gift?

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Imaginatively illustrated baby-proof books. Yes. Chew-proof, drool-proof, rip-proof, and can even go in the tub.

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How about this ingenious pulling-rolling-stacking-sorting turtle toy?

Snail_Feature_1024x1024These beautiful hand made woolen dolls are whimsical and beg to be hugged.

 

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