One thing that has been awesome about writing on The Dig In is connecting again with old friends who are now avid gardeners as well.
Jordan is one of those old friends. Our dads grew up together in Chicago. I am pretty sure they were the ultimate troublemakers when they were younger…I recall some sort of BB gun incident that ended with my grandmother (accidently?) getting shot. She survived and so did both of our fathers so I think it ended okay, but still you get the picture.
Both of our families ended up in Texas and we would spend Thanksgivings from time to time hanging out with Jordan’s family. Jordan now lives in Oregon and when I went there earlier this summer for my sister-in-law’s wedding I got to take a peak at her freshly planted garden.
It’s now a couple months later and from the looks of it, you would never know it was her first year gardening. I definitely recommend following her on Instagram–you will be drooling over the beautiful photos of the produce she is harvesting in her backyard. And now it is time to let Jordan tell you a little about her own gardening adventures.
Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Jordan Talbot and I moved to Oregon from the ATX with the hope of getting into the wine industry up here. I’m starting wine school at Oregon State in the fall, but in the mean time, I’ve been helping out at a winery called Brigadoon Wine Co. in Junction City, OR. My pup, Livy, and I live with 3 other girls right down the road from the Oregon State campus.
When and how did you start your current garden?
One of the girls who lived here before me dug out a HUGE plot in the backyard a while ago, but it hadn’t been touched since I moved in. After a particularly difficult day in late February (still cold and rainy in this part of Oregon), I went out back and decided to till it up! Nothing like digging in the dirt to get some endorphins going. I kind of just ran with it from there. I started looking up different gardening techniques, bought some seeds, and started lettuce and spinach seedlings on my kitchen window sill. I decided to give square foot gardening a try with the intent of getting the most I could out of the space I had. You’ll see the grid in some of the pictures. I ended up planting lettuce, spinach, arugula, red romaine, kale, 3 different tomato varieties, 4 different pepper varieties (including my favorite, jalapenos!), carrots, pie pumpkins, cucumbers (both slicing and pickling), zucchini, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, bush beans, and finally, pole beans. It’s safe to say, I am addicted…and might have gone a little overboard for my first year. I grew everything but the cucumbers from seeds. I snagged the cuke starts from the Corvallis Farmers Market
What’s your favorite thing about gardening?
Watching everything grow!! Having started most things from seeds, its been absolutely amazing seeing how this one tiny thing can turn into a giant food producing thing! It sounds silly, but having grown up in metropolitan areas most of my life, I hadn’t really spent a lot of time thinking about where my food came from! I’ve recently gotten to harvest a few things and I have to say…getting to eat my plant children definitely comes in at a close second. Delicious!
Right now, what’s your favorite thing growing in your garden?
Tomatoes and peppers for sure. I cannot WAIT to make some fresh salsa. The northwest doesn’t lack much, but my heart is definitely missing all the delectable Tex-mex in the Austin area.
Do you have a favorite recipe that uses the veggies (or fruit) from your garden?
Fresh pumpkin curry for sure, but I can’t find the actual recipe at the moment…
Hope you enjoyed a walk through this Oregon backyard garden! Be sure to check out our other featured gardens here on The Dig In!
All the photos in this post were taken by Jordan Talbot.
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