Strawberry plant
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Enjoy fresh strawberries from your garden

Caption:  Delizz® is a day-neutral strawberry that was the first ever strawberry to be selected as an All-America Selections Winner. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers As you plan this year’s garden, be sure to include some strawberries. They are low in calories, high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and provide seasonal […]

How You Can Improve Your Patio Space

How You Can Improve Your Patio Space

The best patios are the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon or host an outdoor party for your friends and neighbors. But if your patio isn’t working for you, there are many things you can do to make the space even more inviting. With the right elements your patio can turn from an eyesore […]

Green microgreens
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Grow Microgreens year-round for fresh flavor

Caption: Small grow light kits make growing herbs and microgreens indoors easy and convenient for harvesting and cooking. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers Add fresh flavor to your meals year-round with microgreens. These easy-to-grow greens need minimal space and no special equipment for a flavorful and nutritious harvest in little more […]

Tree on Deschutes River
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Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway is a paved joy ride on Deschutes River

Caption: The Deschutes River above Sherar’s Falls. Photo by Greg Johnson. Maupin has served as a focal point for adventurers rafting the Deschutes River. The town itself is friendly, walkable and brimming with eating and drinking opportunities. On the river, a series of whitewater drops, punctuated by slow and tranquil floating, makes for a trip […]

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Amazon’s environmental record is mixed bag

Caption: Despite efforts by to achieve net zero emissions, environmentalists still have plenty of beefs with the e-tailing juggernaut. Credit: Soumit, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Is an environmental hero or villain?— J. West, Orange, CA Not surprisingly,’s environmental performance is a mixed bag. One charge often levied by critics is that Amazon’s low […]

blackbird on twig
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Bird numbers are declining rapidly

Caption: Blackbirds are among the avian species experiencing the greatest amount of population loss across North America as their preferred wetland habitat dries up and is filled in and paved over. Credit: Skyler Ewing, Pexels Dear EarthTalk: How are bird populations faring in the U.S. and around the world? What are some ways to help […]

sunrise over trailer
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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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Pacific Northwest unique holiday adventures

Caption: For Oregon Wine Giving Season, Cória Estates is offering private vineyard tours with the purchase of 12 bottles. (Photo by Joey Hamilton Photography) Are you ready to celebrate the holidays? There are hundreds of holiday events and activities taking place throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here are just a few of them: Made in La […]

climate pledge arena in Seattle
Environment Uncategorized Washington

Seattle’s new arena promotes Climate Pledge

Caption: Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, the first net-zero-emissions arena of its size in the world, is home to the NHL’s Kraken and WNBA’s Storm. Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Climate Pledge” that Seattle’s new hockey arena is named after all about? — E. Howard, Washington, DC When Seattle’s new sports and concert arena opened […]

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. […]