In the Garden: Watering Your Plants

EUGENE, Ore. — True or false? There is a right way to water your garden. The answer: true. Water in the morning. It gives the plant all day, especially on those hot days, to soak up that moisture and really put it to good use. Watering in the evening isn’t so great. Leaves get wet … Continue reading »

Country Fair Prepares Recycling Crew

VENETA, Ore. — Around 200 volunteers at the Oregon Country Fair will be working this weekend to keep trash out of landfills. Before the gates to the fair even open, volunteers are making signs and preparing recycling bins. Last year, the recycling crew composted two times the amount of waste that ended up in a … Continue reading »

Group Waters Trees Around Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — An organization is out and about in the Eugene and Springfield area, after branching out of its home office in Portland. Friends of Trees has helped plant and water trees all over the area. Wednesday, it stopped at Irving Elementary in Eugene to help water some trees with students who helped plant … Continue reading »

Drive Less; Save More in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new program in South Corvallis is encouraging residents to use alternative modes of transportation. The program is called Drive Less; Save More, and it promotes drivers to bike, walk, carpool, or take the bus. The Oregon Department of Transportation is piloting the program with help from the City of Corvallis and … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Mid-Summer Garden

EUGENE, Ore. — Even though it’s July, it’s not too late to plant in your garden. You can pretty much plant all your herbs. So lavender, rosemary, sage, basil, lemon verbena–the list goes on and on. Feel free to plant those throughout the summer. You could also plant fruits, like apple and fig trees. Just … Continue reading »

New BottleDrop Opens in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — BottleDrop stations are all over Oregon and now, Eugene has its first one. The new BottleDrop center on West Broadway and Garfield is the eighth location in Oregon. Coordinators with the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative says it’s simple to use. Just bring in any plastic, aluminum, or glass bottles and you get … Continue reading »

Hot Weather Affects Solar Panels

MEDFORD, Ore. –  Tuesday’s above average temperatures meant below average production for one industry. Tom McDowell with Rogue Solar in Medford said one of the largest misconceptions about solar energy is that on hot days, panels will produce more energy. In reality, high temperatures actually produce significantly less energy than they would on an average day. … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Trees and Shrubs

EUGENE, Ore. — In the garden we often talk about flowers and vegetables, but there are other plants–shrubs, trees and bushes. Trees and shrubs are definitely a lot bigger than your starts that you buy, and so you want to make sure that you get them planted properly. First, take a look at the size … Continue reading »

UO’s Knight Law Center LEED Certified

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon now has another energy efficient building on campus. The William Knight Law Center is the third LEED gold certified building, and officials say it’s been a lot of work to get to this point. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The law center earned the … Continue reading »

State Investigating Eugene Bee Deaths

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating why hundreds of bees are dying in a west Eugene neighborhood. Bee advocates say something needs to be done soon to prevent more insect deaths. Glass Tree Care and Spray Service says it performed tree maintenance on Jacobs Lane. In a statement, the company says … Continue reading »

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