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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
The first step in solving a problem is awareness that there is a problem. In the case of declining pollinator species the awareness phase is not only upon us but has moved into the 'definitely a problem' phase.May 17, 2013 3:24 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
We have a big garden. A huge garden. I only wish that it was outside the house. And in a few weeks, when it is warmer, it will be, but right now there are bedding trays of tiny plants and seed catalogs in almost every room covering every flat surface. It looks like a vegetarian hoarder exploded in our kitchen. Since it's like this every spring, you'd think I'd get used to it, but I'm still not. I told Sue that they have this new thing called outdoor gardening, which only got me a withering look and a smack with a Johnny's seed catalog upside the head.April 13, 2013 8:32 p.m. read more..
Gorge Grown Food Network (Gorge Grown), a Columbia Gorge-based nonprofit organization that supports local farms and locally-grown food, has been awarded three years of funding by Meyer Memorial Trust for a multi-tiered, region-wide project called the Rural Food Collaborative.March 26, 2013 4:41 p.m. read more..
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