Portland Spaces: Handbook

Very Berry Blue

Blueberries aren't for the impatient, but the wait is worthwhile. Planting your own blueberry patch cuts out the sometimes expensive middleman, and who doesn't like easy access berries? Learn all the intricacies of blueberry patch planting with our instru

05/27/2010 By Kate Bryant

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Herbal Infusion

Low-maintenance evergreen herbs add color and fragrance to any balcony plant box, kitchen windowsill, or backyard garden, and give your culinary creations the bang they need to really impress your taste buds. Learn what's right in the world of herbs with

05/27/2010 By Diana Hauer

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Fresh Starts

The first step to planting your new garden is keeping in mind how many plants you can realistically manage. The second step is knowing what you want. Start planning your planting in the winter and get ready for your vegetable harvest with our guide to sow

05/27/2010 By Kate Bryant

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Dynamic Downspouts

How to direct your rainwater into your own home and keep it own of the city's pipes, where, on particularly rainy days, it could do the lower Willamette River some damage.

05/27/2010 By Jon Hart

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Down Home Dirty Work

The Portland mindset, inclined toward sustainable living and social rebelliousness, has seen a recent upsurge in homes with earth floors. Learn how to fashion your own with this helpful guide.

05/27/2010 By Jackie D'Antonio

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Leafy Aspirations

Early spring is the perfect time to plant baby greens, as mild spring temperatures facilitates faster-growing and sweeter-tasting leaves. Learn how to find your perfect plot, choose your blend of greens, sow your seeds, and protect and harvest your patch.

05/27/2010 By Kate Bryant

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Playing With Mud

Unlike most paints, clay plaster has a low environmental impact: It is nontoxic, contains no volatile organic compounds, and it isn’t heated to high temperatures in production. When applied properly, it is also mold-resistant, breathable, and fairly easy

05/27/2010 By Melissa Dalton

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Belles of the Backyard

Raising your own chickens is an easy way to avoid heading to the store every time you need a new carton of eggs. But not only is having your own coop more convenient (and cheaper), you are also avoiding the potential moral and health repercussions of fact

05/27/2010 By Jon Hart

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Green: It’s the New Black

Death may be a long ways off for some, but others argue it's never to early to start planning your death. Here's something you may not have thought about: nontraditional, sustainable burials. Interested? Find out more here!

05/27/2010 By Zach Dundas

Slideshow

Slide Show: Architecture of a Season

Learn how to layer color over classic NW winter evergreens, adding excitement to your garden even during the cold seasons.

05/27/2010

Slideshow

Slide Show: Friends and Foes

Insects and other small terrestrial and airborne creatures play a vital role in any garden’s overall health. Which are bad and which are good is a more complicated distinction than commonly meets the eye. But do not fear, Portland Monthly is here to clear

05/27/2010

Slideshow

Slide Show: Leafy Aspirations

Early spring is the perfect time to plant baby greens, as mild spring temperatures facilitates faster-growing and sweeter-tasting leaves. Learn how to find your perfect plot, choose your blend of greens, sow your seeds, and protect and harvest your patch.

05/27/2010

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Portland Palettes

There's a lot more to painting a room than one might think. Portland Monthly has compiled a handy guide on how to choose the perfect paint for your walls, including a list of local businesses you can visit to find the pieces to your new palette.

05/27/2010 By Rachel DeSchepper

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Pretty Shady Character

A handy dandy do-it-yourself guide to turning your lamps into photo albums: homemade lampshades fashioned from photos and slides both new and old.

05/27/2010 By Rachel DeSchepper

Portland Spaces: Handbook

House of Harmony

Feng shui, an ancient Chinese divining system, once was used to protect people from harsh winds, rain, and falling rocks in the mountainous Southwestern region of China. Today, feng shui is a modern, Westernized set of principles used to guide architectur

05/27/2010 By Xylia Buros

Portland Spaces: Handbook

For the Birds

Urbanization and the creation of homes has also meant the destruction of potential homes for many of Portland's native bird species. The Western Bluebird has been completely forced out of the Willamette Valley, but thanks to local advocates, they re start

05/27/2010 By Rachel Ritchie

Portland Spaces: Handbook

A Moveable Feast

The key to backyard dining is the picnic table, and a good one could cost you a small fortune. Avoid the steep costs and learn how to build your own with this detailed guide.

05/27/2010 By Rachel Ritchie

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Backyard Baths

Outdoor bathing may sound like a childish or even risque behavior, but it can prove not only sustainable, but stimulating, sensory, and even sensuous to boot. Learn how to construct your own outdoor bathtub with this introductory guide.

05/27/2010 By Jon Hart

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Reaching Higher Ground

Add height to your garden or outdoor entertaining space by building a freestanding trellis. Learn how with our easy guide to smart, long-lasting design.

05/27/2010 By Lucy Burningham

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Tooling Around

Owning your own tools and knowing how to use them allows you to live more independently. If you're currently tool-less, but interested in becoming a tool connoisseur (if only so that you don't have to wait for your handyman to be free, and then also have

05/27/2010 By Ryan Baldoz