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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 […]

Bee on flower
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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 […]

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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 […]

watering a straw garden
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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 […]

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My favorite Pacific Northwest RV camping spots

Caption: Deception Pass – Courtesy of 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
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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 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 […]

Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Home Improvements That Will Help You Spend More Time Outdoors

Spending time outside is an important part of your physical and mental health. But, with a busy life, it can be hard to find the time or the energy to drag yourself out of the house. If you want to spend some more time outside, you could consider investing in these home improvements. These additions […]

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
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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
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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 […]