Home and Garden

    

Busy households demand more of space

Washing clothes in the bedroom. Sending email from the laundry room. Busy Americans are demanding more from each room in the house, and spaces designed for multiple functions are popping up all over floor plans, design blogs and magazine spreads.

August 27, 2013 11:58 a.m. read more..


Benefit questioned of mobile apps for toddlers

WASHINGTON — Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers — Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions — are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infant and toddlers smarter.

August 7, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..


Extension Cord: Take the pressure out of pressure canning

The start of the food preservation season can bring mixed emotions for me. On the one hand, I am thrilled by the plethora of fresh, local fruits and vegetables and the opportunities we have here in the gorge to put up just about any kind of fruit, vegetable, or protein through canning, drying, freezing, or fermenting.

August 3, 2013 7:16 p.m. read more..


Creativity by the yard: thinking beyond grass

Grass isn’t always the best groundcovers for a yard: It’s thirsty at a time when water is becoming scarce; it attracts fewer pollinators; it requires expensive chemicals to maintain, and it must be disposed of if you bag as you mow.

July 18, 2013 11:36 a.m. read more..


Conservation Corner: The darker side of weeds

It is said that a weed is any plant growing someplace you don’t want it. For the most part this is true — for your average everyday plants like dandelions and runaway spearmint. As you will learn there are weeds and then there are WEEDS.

June 29, 2013 1:05 p.m. read more..
   

Create indoor style in outdoor spaces

The smallest yard or porch can be unique Design magazines and home decorating catalogs tend to feature sprawling backyards with big wooden decks and room for everything from decorative fountains to artificial ponds.

May 11, 2013 4:44 p.m. read more..


Radon can be home danger

My husband and I recently purchased our first home. As part of the home inspection process, I requested a radon test. I learned about the risks of radon in an environmental health class I took at Oregon State University and wanted to make sure I knew everything about our new home—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

May 4, 2013 8:09 p.m. read more..


Fruit-damaging fly could hit record numbers

CORVALLIS — The spotted wing drosophila fly, which lays its eggs in fruit and makes it unmarketable, could reach record population levels in the Pacific Northwest this year, according to Oregon State University researchers.

April 30, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..

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