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9:00am-6:00pm Daily

5050 SE Stark • 503-231-5050

9000 SE Division • 503-788-9000

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Portland Nursery

Vegetables & Herbs

We are passionate about growing food, and we strive to bring gardeners an expansive vegetable and herb selection along with expert advice to help you be successful.

Vegetable & Herb Gardening


We want you to eat your garden! You'll find information here for all your edible garden needs. Use these brochures to get started!

What we carry

We also carry a selection of medicinal herbs such as Marshmallow, and unusual edibles such as Malabar Spinach.  We are pleased to provide an equally large and diverse organic selection!.

Due to our broad selection, and the popularity of growing edibles, we do not have all varieties at one time.  Please call either location for current availability.

Succession Planting

It is so exciting; the first vegetable starts of the season have hit the shelves! Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes and spinach are just the beginning! With all these great crops it is easy to fill up your whole garden in one day.

However, we want to remind you to save some space for replanting fast maturing crops (such as lettuce) for a continual harvest. This practice is commonly referred to as "succession planting", and will help you maximize the harvest season by continually planting new areas of varieties that will ripen sequentially.

Some crops, such as potatoes, tomatoes and squash, you only plant once.

Fast maturing crops such as leafy greens, annual herbs and some root crops are the easiest to keep in production with succession planting. Use the "Suggested Plantings" boxes in the full article to times to plant your crops.

Crops planted from starts will mature faster than the same crop planted from seed.

Most seeds require soil temperatures of 50-55ºF to sprout. Starts tolerate slightly cooler soils.

The increasing day length is another factor influencing the time between plantings: Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce may take 60 days to mature when planted in March but only 30 days to mature when planted in May.

It is important to utilize varieties that can withstand lower temperatures and possible frosts at the beginning or end of the season.

At the start of summer, utilize varieties that are heat tolerant to minimize bolting and bitterness of leafy crops.

Fall and winter crops such as Brussels sprouts and cabbage are best planted in late June early July from seed or in July and August from starts.

To read the full article for suggested planting times and veggie combinations:

Companion Planting

Companion planting is a technique based on a long history of observations of the interaction between plants in the garden.

Certain combinations of plants can add to, or detract from, the abundance and health of edibles in your garden by altering the soil, attracting or repelling insects or creating a helpful microclimate.

Crop Rotation

Crop Rotation is utilized to increase yields and diminish pest and disease problems.

Crop rotation is the practice of alternating crops of specific vegetable families to different areas of the garden from year to year. This gives the soil a rest from each vegetable family before that family appears in the same garden space again.