Flowers in elevated garden
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Tips for Raised Bed and Elevated Gardening Success

Caption:  Get the most out of your elevated garden by spacing plants just far enough apart to reach their mature size. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers Raised beds and elevated gardens provide easier access to gardens and can increase space available for growing vegetables and flowers. You will enjoy convenience and easy […]

Yellow cherry tomatoes
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Grow an Earlier and More Abundant Tomato Harvest

Caption: All-America Selections winner Patio Choice Yellow Sweet is a compact tomato variety perfect for containers, patios or balconies. Photo credit:  All-America Selections by Melinda Myers Be the first in your neighborhood to enjoy a garden-ripe tomato. Then continue harvesting an abundance of flavorful tomatoes throughout the growing season. A little planning and strategic planting […]

horse in pasture
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Oregon Outdoor Activities

5 adventures near the small town of La Pine, Oregon

Caption: Horses graze in a scenic meadow off hwy 97 just south of La Pine. The following article is reprinted from the Travel Oregon website. By Jen Anderson, Author If you’re not paying attention, you can easily bypass the quiet town of La Pine. It’s 30 miles south of the activity in Bend and 60 […]

Trailer on jacks
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Guide to RV Leveling and Stabilization

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. Written by Steve Froese  RV leveling has come a long way since the days of driving up on wooden ramps. Come to think of it, many RVers still drive up on wooden […]

Truck with trailer
Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Hiking and Rving at Washington’s Lake Desire

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. Written by Emily Helgeson Growing up I spent a lot of summer weekends at Lake Desire– the lake my dad grew up on. As the years went on, we created an annual […]

Garden with trellis
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Planning and Designing a Productive Vegetable Garden

Caption: Incorporate trellises into garden plans so beans, peas, tomatoes and even squash can be trained to grow vertically. Photo credit: Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers Whether planning your first, second or tenth vegetable garden it can be overwhelming. There are so many tasty vegetables and never enough space and time to grow them […]

Families sledding on small mountain
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It’s sledding time on Mount Rainier

​Caption: Families enjoy sledding at Paradise ​The official Snowplay Area is the safest and only location that sledding is permitted in Mount Rainier National Park. The Snowplay Area, marked by poles and ropes, includes a small sledding hill for small children. Only plastic and soft-sided sled devices may be used. Snowshoeing and skiing are not permitted. […]

Red leafed plant
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Low Light, Low Maintenance Houseplant

Caption:  Aglaonema ‘Siam Red’ (Red Chinese Evergreen) is a popular low light plant that can brighten up any space with its beautiful foliage. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers Don’t let a lack of brightly lit windows stop you from gardening indoors.  Include some low maintenance, low light houseplants and maintenance strategies to […]

Man and woman wearing Portland shirts
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Oregon

Portland Gear celebrates ‘Made in Portland’

Caption: The Red Portland Chenille Crewneck chenille collection, features simple but loud designs on cozy garments. The fabric pops off the clothes, adding dimension to your style. In moving back to Portland in 2012, Marcus Harvey started a freelance apparel design business where companies from all over the country began asking for apparel that had […]

Seeds sprouting
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Testing Leftover Seeds for Viability

Caption: Older seeds may still sprout, but it is likely there will be a reduction in the success rate. Photo credit: by Melinda Myers The beginning of a new year finds many gardeners preparing for the growing season ahead. Clearing space to start seeds indoors, inventorying seeds and supplies, and ordering seeds, plants, and more […]