Profile and Garden philosophy

I'm originally from Germany and have lived in the United States for almost 28 years now.  Since we moved to this area 8 years ago I am trying to garden in the Pacific Northwest in the beautiful Willamette Valley, Oregon, with my Husband, a Boxer and some chickens. I also like to cook and bake from my increasing cookbook collection using much of what I grow in my ever growing garden. All my food is grown organically and I try to be as light on my environment as possible. Since everyone needs a garden to relax in and take in the fruits of their labor I work also a large, mixed, ornamental garden that is always evolving into new places with many sitting areas where we can relax and have an afternoon coffee and pastries or a glass of wine. I am not a perfect gardener and probably will never be one. I leave my tools out in the rain, I am messy and I kill lot's of plants. I still have lot's to learn about gardening in this climate and in general. But I truly enjoy being a Gardener. I am the Transplanted Gardener.