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Mama2josh (Tara Anderson)

Member since: February 18, 2010


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Portland, Or 97266
USDA hardiness zone 8A


Tara Anderson

Member since:

February 18, 2010

About me

I'm a beginning gardener excited to grow food for my family of three. I live in SE Portland, OR with my boyfriend and my 5 yr old son. We are also animal lovers; our menagerie currently consists of 4 chickens, 2 Leopard Geckos, a mini Australian Shepherd and a diabetic dwarf hamster. My son has a heart condition, so I am trying to instill healthy eating habits in him from a young age. I'm hoping his participation in the garden will help with this.

Current project

We are building new raised beds for square foot vegetable gardening this year. My goal is to create a year-round garden to supply us with most, if not all, of our veggies. We will have a total of 96sqft for gardening, plus 3 whiskey barrels, and several containers. I also hope to get my 4 rain barrels installed.

Type of gardener


Favorite garden activity

planning and eating :-)

garden wall

I was thinking about you today and wondering how the garden and the chickens are - anything growing yet?
gardengirl commented on 04/28/10
Sorry, we've been crazy busy with other projects lately. Got new furniture for the living room, new tv and surround sound, having a beam in the ceiling replaced, I'm looking for a job, reorganizing my office... did I mention it's been crazy? We did get most of the garden planted - I'll try to get pics taken and posted tomorrow after my son's cardiology appointment. Chickens now have free run of the yard - I'll try to get some pics of them too. :-) How are things with you?
Mama2josh replied: on 04/28/10
Ah, things are at last blooming! I finally took time to put up some pics and do a post on the garden status! I still need to do some work on a new small bed I had to put in this year - raise up the sprinkler head! Can't plant the last tomato in there until that's done! I also need to put some more dirt around my potatoes...hopefully today! Take care -
gardengirl replied: on 04/30/10
How is your garden going? Have you planted anything yet?
gardengirl commented on 03/25/10
HI there! <br/> <br/>Your post &quot;chickens!!&quot; has been selected as a featured post of the week! This will be up on the homepage for all to see when they come to Dig The Dirt!! Congrats :) <br/> <br/>To see your featured post log out and go to the homepage.
FigTree commented on 03/02/10
I&#x27;d love to see pics of the chickens and their home too! I hadn&#x27;t read your profile yet when I suggested the sq. ft gardening method on your garden post - have a good time with it!
gardengirl commented on 02/19/10
oops- just saw that you already talked about sq foot gardening too... :)guess you're already a convert!
FigTree replied: on 02/19/10
I love the idea of sq foot gardening - haven't fully converted my own space yet - b/c is really an odd shape! Btw, Coscto has a neat ready made set for sale right now - even comes with a cold frame lid!
gardengirl replied: on 02/19/10
Lol - was just getting ready to go take pics of the chickens and coop and write a new post - I'll have it up soon!
Mama2josh replied: on 02/19/10
hey there mama2josh! <br/> <br/>Welcome to Dig The Dirt... we are super happy you made it here. We don&#x27;t want to brag, but we&#x27;ve got a lot to offer here! <br/> <br/>Start a Gardening Journal/ Blog: just click on the tab &quot;contributions&quot; above and start writing and uploading photos. This is where you can really get the word out about how you are involved with gardening as your post lives on the homepage for all to see! <br/> <br/>Become a Featured Member: Every week we choose one member who has been active on our site and highlight them. <br/> <br/>If starting a blog is too intimidating you can read articles and ask questions: We have tons of info all over this site and there is so much more to come, so keep browsing. Ask any question you have and other members will answer, and if they don&#x27;t I will find out the answer for you! <br/> <br/>Make some friends: Don&#x27;t be shy- so far everyone is really kind and generous here. Just click on the green tab &quot;gardeners&quot; above and you can search by zone or city to make buddies in your area. <br/> <br/>Give us Feedback!! This is really important to us, as we are a brand new site, still in beta and we are working our hardest to bring you a great website. HAPPY GARDENING! <br/> <br/>BTW- you can set up a link to your website on your profile, all we ask for is for you to give us a link back ;)
FigTree commented on 02/18/10