Trees for Life Oregon has declared the last week of every July and the last week of every August to be Soak-It-Weeks, a time for all Portlanders to deeply water their yard and street trees to help ensure their survival in our increasingly dry and hot summers.
Time to get those buckets out and fill them up! Remember, young trees in Portland need 15 to 20 gallons of water once a week during their first 2 to 3 summers. To ensure more mature trees also survive and remain healthy, they should be watered at least monthly during summer. Buckets need to be refilled four to ten times to fully water a tree.
If you received a bucket from one of our events, remember to face the label side towards the tree you are watering!
Use hashtag #bdsoakitweek to share your tree watering photos!
Still need a bucket? We have just a few available! Contact us for your free bucket!
Want to make your own? Skip to the 30 second mark on the video above to see how to do it! Trees for Life recommends three holes, spaced about 6″ apart on one side of the bucket. Contact us for your free label so you always know which side should face the tree when watering.
Come visit us! The Multnomah County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in SE Portland is now open to the public! After a very long and bumpy road since March of 2020, we can now invite anyone who wants to visit to stop by and check out our garden.
The garden occupies around an acre of land. It includes raised garden beds where you can see different gardening techniques for growing a variety of vegetables, small fruits, and herbs. Visitors to the garden can observe a variety of growing methods, from trellising plants to pruning methods. You can ask questions of the knowledgeable gardener volunteers. Produce harvested at the garden is donated to local food banks.
The garden also boasts several perennial beds with informational signage to educate visitors. We follow organic gardening practices; our garden is a Certified Backyard Habitat space and is striving to become a pollinator parkway in SE Portland.
Visit the garden throughout the spring, summer and early fall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 12noon. Other days are sometimes available.
The garden is located in SE Portland. Our pedestrian gate is on SE 57th Ave just south of Duke. Parking is on the street on the east side of 57th at that gate. Simply follow the short gravel path to the garden. We hope to see you there soon!
Come work with us! A simple orientation process is all that is needed to be cleared to work beside us and learn with us. All levels of gardening experience are welcomed!Contact information: email@example.com
Vibe of Portland is hosting art and music camps for ages 5-14! See the above images for information on how to register. Some Summer Academy camps take place at Brentwood-Darlington’s very own Moose Lodge #291! Other Summer Academy camps take place at Green Tulip Peace and Nature School, whom neighbors may remember for doing face painting and activities and many past BDNA events.
BDNA hosted two great events to distribute buckets for Soak-It-Week!
Thanks to BDNA Board members Loralie, Stephenie, and Chelsea, community member Kim, Lents Youth Initiative intern Esme, and Jim from Trees for Life Oregon for working these events! Collectively, BDNA has given away over 100 buckets so far! Check out pictures from the events below.
What’s Provided: We will provide trash grabbers, safety vests, gloves, and trash bags.
What to Bring: Please come wearing a face covering and comfortable closed-toed shoes. Consider bring a filled reusable water bottle and backpack. We will be working near traffic so also consider eye protection to shield your eyes from dust and possibly hearing protection if you are sound sensitive.
Parking: Parking is available in the Baxter parking lot. Limited neighborhood parking is also available. Event start location is half a block from the number 72 TriMet bus stop.
Bathrooms: Businesses along the cleanup path may allow access to restrooms. However, they may be closed to the public so please plan for limited availability.
Accessibility: This is a two hour cleanup along city sidewalks. The area covers mostly flat paved walkways.
Youth Volunteers: This event is family-friendly and open to kids eight years and older. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Youth volunteers ages 13-17 can also create their own SOLVE account online. A youth volunteer can attend without their guardian if they print out and bring a signed youth waiver form. Find the link to the youth waiver form here. Youth Waiver Form or here SOLVE | Volunteer Group Guide (solveoregon.org)
Our first Soak-It-Week bucket giveaway is happening this Saturday, June 12th, 10:00AM-12PM!
Pre-drilled buckets are here and ready for labeling! We’re so excited to see you at Brentwood Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd) to pick up your free buckets! Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t worry! We’ll be distributing buckets again at the same place and time on June 19th.