by: Rita A. Leonard,

With Community Garden plots threatened by other uses for the land, many folks are turning to cultivation of their parking strips.

Flowers, berries, herbs, corn, tomatoes and pumpkins are just some of the crops currently flourishing on the edges of our neighborhoods between street and sidewalk.

Even trellises, arbors and garden swings can be seen on some of the wider strips, along with an occasional scarecrow.

This barn-shaped home (at right) and its fruitful parking strip, along S.E. Lambert Street in Sellwood, forms a picture-perfect fall harvest scene.

Looks like the pumpkins are about ready.

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