watering a straw garden
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Create a garden anywhere with straw bale gardening

Caption:  The straw bale gardening technique begins with the conditioning process which is done to start the inside of the straw bale composting, so it can support plant growth. by Melinda Myers Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This technique allows you to create a raised bed garden on the […]

Bridge on water
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Oregon Washington

My favorite Pacific Northwest RV camping spots

Caption: Deception Pass – Courtesy of DeceptionPassFoundation.org Written by Steve Froese It’s great to live in our neck of the woods! We have some of the most scenic highways and byways on the continent. For instance, here in the lower mainland of British Columbia, we can go snow skiing and water skiing on the same […]

Water bottle watering flowers
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Vacation care for container gardens

Caption: Water or wine bottles can be combined with commercial products to help regulate the flow of water to container gardens while away on vacation. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don’t let time away from home stop you […]

Women protestors

‘Climate feminists” make progress

Caption: Climate feminists march outside international climate talks in Poland in December 2018. Credit: Greenpeace. Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is “climate feminism?”— Jim M., Lorton, VA Climate change impacts the everyday lives of all citizens around the globe, but certain communities are disproportionately affected. Women, in particular, shoulder a disproportionate burden as they are most […]

Three people next to passive solar house
Environment Northwest Lifestyles

Is passive solar a good house option?

Caption: Dr. Wolfgang Feist and family pose in front of the world’s first passive solar house, constructed in 1991 in Darmstadt, Germany. Credit: International Passive House Association. Dear EarthTalk: What is a so-called “passive solar” house and can I retrofit my existing house accordingly?— Bill C., Raleigh, NC A passive solar house is typically designed […]

Texas windmills
Environment Northwest Lifestyles

Texas storm Uri is renewable energy wake-up call

Caption: Wind power provides a small fraction of electricity in Texas; frozen natural gas lines caused the state’s power grid to go down recently. Credit: Athena, pexels. Dear EarthTalk: Were frozen wind turbines the reason for Texas’ historic power outages recently? If so, how can we make renewables more reliable moving forward?— G. S., Hartford, […]

RV winter camping
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Oregon Outdoor Activities

New Ways to Explore Washington State Parks

Caption: Winter Camping at Millersylvania State Park Written by Dave Helgeson Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. The MHRV Show Association, producers of the annual Seattle RV Show, Puyallup RV Show and Enumclaw RV Show have enjoyed supporting Washington State Parks for […]

Portrait of inside passage
Featured Northwest Lifestyles

Juneau sets sight on becoming ‘epicenter for Indigenous art

Caption: Inside Passage by Michaela Goade Juneau’s Indigenous artists make big waves with their talents and are recognized for uplifting their culture through a variety of mediums. In fact, Alaska’s capital is poised to become an “epicenter for Indigenous art,” complementing Sealaska Heritage Institute’s goal for Juneau to become the “Northwest Coast arts capital of the world” […]

Candles and flowers
Featured Northwest Lifestyles

Manage Mosquitoes to Better Enjoy Your Outdoor Space

Caption:  Scatter citronella oil and candles throughout outdoor entertainment areas and within a few feet of guests for short-term relief from mosquitoes. Photo credit:  MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Dine, play, and enjoy your outdoor spaces more than ever this year by managing annoying and disease-spreading mosquitoes. Use a multifaceted approach to boost your enjoyment and […]

Packaged chocolate candy
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Oregon

Explore exotic chocolates at Southeast Portland shop

Cloudforest, located in Southeast Portland, produces a wide range of chocolate bars, ranging from “Orchid,” made with house-made vanilla extract to “GOMA,” a grey chocolate bar made with black sesame seeds that tastes like white chocolate. Cloudforest also serves delicious freshly-baked cookies using their chocolate, as well as coffee drinks and seasonal hot chocolates. In […]