Northwest Renovation Magazine

A Home Improvement Magazine


Lawn & Garden

Wow! It is August. How did that happen? I swear that Christmas was yesterday, or so it seems. I remember on the day I turned 21— which yes, was a long, long, time ago— someone told me that once you hit 21, time speeds up and you will be 40 before you know it. Boy, they were not kidding. Where did the time go? I’d better hurry out to the garden before it is Thanksgiving. I am sure you have all planted your veggies…right? I am off to late start (see previous paragraph). It is not that I don’t... more

When you decide that it is time to get some professional help and bring in a designer to tame your landscape, you will find a variety of choices. One option is Landscape Design In A Day (DIAD); it’s a fast, fun, and collaborative way of approaching the design process. For people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and do a little of the pre-design work, this is the way to go. You save a lot of time and as much as half of what a full service design process would cost. Fire pit adds visual... more

After traveling to Italy and enjoying a dinner cooked in a wood fired Pompeii oven, I had a dream to build my own oven. The dream went on the back burner until I visited Portland and enjoyed pizza at Ken’s Artisan Pizza; again I desired my own oven. Fast forward five years and a relocation to Portland. I finally decided I was in the right place to build my oven. Doing the research and consulting with my son’s employer, located in Seattle, who built his own oven, I figured it out and started the... more

YIPPEE!!! It is finally spring…finally! The daffodils and tulips are blooming, the grass is getting greener, the evenings are getting longer, and it is starting to get warmer. Although it has not been a particularly chilly winter, I am more than ready to run headlong into spring. I think what I am most excited about this spring is color. Color and lots of it! I really, really love color, especially orange, which is a bit ironic considering that I cannot bring myself to wear anything except black.... more

Agave in a Turkish field. We are so very lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest. I’m telling you this, as if you didn’t already know. We are even luckier to be gardening in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). The more I travel to different places and take note of their climate and available plant material, the more I realize how truly lucky we are. We can plant almost anything here. It’s kind of crazy. Even plants that you think, “No way, we can’t plant that here,” like olive trees, agave (my... more

When the days grow short and the blustery Winnie-the-Pooh weather sets in, it’s time to tuck in your garden beds, store the tools, take a few months’ break from your outside chores, and settle in for a cozy fall and winter. Now, it’s really no secret that I really love fall. Love is actually an incredible understatement. Even my most patient friends, employees, and husband are sick to death of me wandering around saying, “Can you believe the colors on those trees?” But as much as I adore... more

Why would anyone want to convert a 100 year old garage into a gardening shed? Because they can? No. They can’t. So says the building department at the City of Portland, OR. When Kathi Wells of Laurelhurst first explained to me her desire to convert their rickety garage into a gardening shed, I thought, “No problem.” Wrong. Foolishly, I drew up the plans to replace the garage with a shed of exactly the same dimensions and overall appearance as the original garage, which was a virtual... more

I was recently thinking about when I first started gardening, and I’m amazed at how much my garden and I have changed over time. When I bought my house, having a garden did not even occur to me… gardening was weeding for my mother in high school. Blech… not much to like about that. My style is so different now than when I first started out. I guess that is how it always goes, isn’t it? The types of garden spaces I am attracted to have changed drastically as well as the type of plants. When... more

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