Community gardens have been an integral part of Portland neighborhoods since they were first established in 1975.

The city has 57 community gardens through Portland Parks & Recreation. The gardens are managed by parks staff, with neighborhood volunteers providing key assistance. Since the coronavirus quarantine renewed people’s interest in gardening, community gardens have been more popular than ever.

In early April, the parks department’s community gardens wait list grew to more than 2,000 entries from 1,340 people, all hoping for one of the 2,544 community garden plots in the program, said Laura Niemi, program coordinator. Plots are assigned through June

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Owning a home is part of the American Dream. But now, more than ever before, that dream has a lot of dollar signs connected to it.

Nashville is the country’s third-hottest housing market, according to the online real estate site Zillow. Four years ago, Zillow ranked Nashville at the top. Despite the very slight tumble in rankings, Davidson County and surrounding communities continue to see sellers in the proverbial catbird seat.

“I’ve been licensed for 19 years and I’ve never seen this type

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Exploring the Salem area in spring feels a little like landing in Oz.

The city comes alive with color in the springtime, as flowers pop up in public parks, formal gardens, and at nurseries and farms around the area. It’s enough to make Salem not only Oregon’s state capital, but the garden capital of Oregon as well.

Expand your vision from Salem proper to include the nearby towns of Silverton, Monmouth, Brooks and Dallas, and you have a veritable Garden of Eden at the heart of the Willamette Valley. What is it about the area that’s so good for gardens?

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While we’re busy spring cleaning our closets, big-box stores are doing the same. This is the time to score some major savings on furniture and home goods as retailers are clear out their inventory: Set up that dream office or hangout space — or just redecorate the home and you can save up to 25% at Target, Pier 1, Ashley Furniture and more.

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Proceed at your own risk — and please, bring a list. That’s my best advice for spring visits to the garden center.

Do not misunderstand: I am all in on shopping for plants anytime, just not on making buying decisions based on the giddy madness of pure impulse.

Instead, consider strategically delayed gratification, which probably means skipping the showiest of-the-moment plants in favor of those that might not be in peak form yet, or even have fully awakened.

On the ride home from such a well-tempered shopping expedition, the car won’t be stuffed with color. But in its aftermath, the

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D.J. Nelson of Portland aerates his garden plot at the North Street Community Garden on Sunday. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Gardeners in the Portland area opened their shutters and pulled on their work gloves Sunday, as warming weather made way for growth after one of the loneliest winters in recent memory.

At the North Street Community Garden on Munjoy Hill in Portland, D.J. Nelson prepared his beds for a mix of beets, eggplants, lettuce, tomatoes and sundry herbs. He pulled weeds from the earth and spread a mixture of coffee grounds from home and compost from a local retailer.

“It’s

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