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Harvest Hosts offers unique rv experience

Caption: Sunrise Over the White Mountains at a Harvest Host Location Written by Shari and Hutch 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. For information, go to Walking through vineyards, drinking mead, petting alpacas, screening cult movies, […]

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Growing herbs all year for tasty meals

Caption: Artificial lights ensure herbs receive enough bright light to successfully grow indoors. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company/ by Melinda Myers Add garden fresh flavor to your meals year-round.  Grow a few of your favorite herbs indoors, harvest and enjoy. Select a variety of herbs you and your family enjoy and use for cooking, decoration, or […]

pink and white flower
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Winter-blooming bulbs make joyful holiday gifts

Caption:  The flower petals of Giant Amadeus amaryllis start out white and turn to pink, coral and salmon.  Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers Give a holiday gift that is guaranteed to bring joy and feelings of well-being. Research by Rutgers University found the gift of flowers generates a smile, elevates the […]

Two women looking at Painted Hills.
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Painted Hills is ‘Wonderful’

Caption: Two women viewing the Painted Hills in John Day River Territory. Photo credit: Joni Kabana, When you travel to the Painted Hills, you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time. The hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications […]

Red and white tulips
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10 high impact Tulips

Caption:  World Expression tulip’s flowers transform from a soft primrose yellow with scarlet red flames to a whiter version of the blossom with flames of cardinal red. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers Big, bold and beautiful, these dazzling tulips are sure to brighten your gardens and neighborhood. Include a few or […]

heirloom tomato
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Save your favorite plant seeds

Caption:  Saving heirloom seeds, like this striped Roman paste tomato preserves both flavor and history. Photo credit: photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite vegetable or flower for next year’s garden or even the next generation is something you might like to try. […]

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Spooky fall fun at Northwest Trek

Each weekend in October, “spooky” fall fun can be found at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. From a scavenger hunt to exploring the forest at night, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The park will be decorated with eerie spider webs, spooky glow-in-the-dark eyes and pumpkins. Guests are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes any […]

Yellow coneflowers
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Preparing your landscape for winter

Caption:  Leaving healthy perennials like coneflower stand for winter provides food for birds, winter interest and homes for many beneficial insects. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Pasquesi Home and Gardens. by Melinda Myers Fall is a season of transition and that includes your garden.  Make the most of beautiful fall days to enjoy your garden […]

colorful maple leaf
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The intriguing science of fall color

Caption:  Each fall as the days shorten, deciduous shrubs and trees like this Arctic Jade Korean Maple begin their transformation as the plants produce less chlorophyll.  Photo credit:  Melinda Myers, LLC by Melinda Myers The brilliant fall color in our landscapes is a magical transformation that happens each year.  And the science behind it is […]

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Keep gardening after first fall frost

Caption: High tunnel systems with hoops and row covers work well on garden beds filled with large plants, allowing easy access for harvesting while protecting the plants. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers There is nothing worse than frost in the forecast and a garden full of vegetables not quite […]