Tomato stake

Planting Tips for Growing Success

Caption:  Set tomato stakes or towers in place at the time of planting and make sure they are strong and tall enough to support the mature plants. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers Increase your growing success by giving your transplants a good start with a few simple planting techniques. […]

old flour mill
Outdoor Activities

Historic Eagle Point to grist again

A Southern Oregon treasure (albeit, undiscovered by many) is the Butte Creek Mill located in Eagle Point. Beginning operations in 1872 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Butte Creek Mill was the last water-powered grist mill, still commercially operating, this side of the Mississippi. That was until an accidental fire tragically burnt […]

Green plant
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Grow Edamame for Better Health and Nutrition

Caption:  Edamame pods are ready to harvest when they are plump, green, rough, and hairy. Photo credit: By Melinda Myers Add a bit of fiber to your garden and diet.  Consider growing edamame (edible soybeans) in this year’s garden. Soybeans help promote overall health reducing the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and […]


Building a carousel dream in Albany

The Albany Carousel was made possible by private donations and volunteers who helped create the restoration of an historic 1909 Dentzel Carousel over 15 years. Though the framework is all original, each rideable creature— from a giraffe to a mermaid-horse to a giant bunny—is new and hand-carved by (amateur) volunteers from the community. The Carousel […]


Cascade Raptor Center expands

The Cascade Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon, recently purchased four- and-a-half additional acres with the goal of expanding their parking, adding a new visitors center and some additional enclosures in the coming years. The center features one of the largest collections of native raptor species in the Pacific Northwest. The year-round volunteer-based nonprofit’s focus is […]

Bee on flower
Environment Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Bee lawns gain popularity

Caption: Planting different types of tiny flowering plants among grass stalks is a great way to attract bees and other pollinators that help keep our farms productive and our produce aisles well-stocked. Credit: Simon, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What is a “pollinator lawn” and how can I make one in my backyard?— Jane W., Westbrook, CT […]

Backyard wind turbine
Environment Technology

Backyard wind turbines seen as part of energy future

Caption:Backyard wind turbines could help us make the transition away from fossil fuels. Credit: Cowrin, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: You see a lot of people putting solar panels on their homes these days, but windmills not so much. Is there any future for small residential wind turbines as we transition to more renewable forms of energy?— […]

Man pointing up
Environment Technology

XPRIZE launches $100 million climate change competition

Caption: XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis has steered several competitions toward solving pressing environmental problems. Credit: XDRIVE Foundation. Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of XPRIZE, which funds innovations in space exploration technology. Is XPRIZE used to address climate change or other environmental problems?— J.D. via e-mail XPRIZE was launched in 1996 to spur innovation in the commercial […]

Blue car
Environment Technology

Are hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars still viable?

Caption: Consider yourself lucky to see a Toyota Mirai or any other “FCV” (fuel cell vehicle) out in the wild — there are only about 300 on the road in the U.S., with the vast majority of those in California. Credit: Aaron Smart, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on hydrogen powered fuel cells? Not […]

Yellow leafed plant
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Spring flowering shrubs add burst of garden color

Caption:  This Show Off® forsythia signals early spring for many with its showy, bright yellow flowers and slight fragrance. Photo credit: by Melinda Myers Add a burst of color to the start of the garden season with spring flowering shrubs. Small or large, these beauties add color, support pollinators, and help attract birds to […]