In the Garden: 5 Great Perennials

EUGENE, Ore. — Annuals–you plant them for one season, and you get flowers for one season. But with perennials, you plant them and they keep coming back year after year. Here are five perennials that are easy to take care of, pest and disease-resistant, and have long seasons of interest. The first is Geranium Rozanne. … Continue reading »

BRING Recycling Facilities Complete

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been 14 years since BRING Recycling opened in the Eugene-Springfield area, and it has just finished adding all the final touches to their facilities. And, of course, BRING did it in a crafty way. Executive Director Julie Daniel says the community has shopped for recycled materials at their facilities for years, so … Continue reading »

Students Celebrate School Garden Project

EUGENE, Ore. — Students at River Road Elementary are seeing the fruits of their labor as the school year ends. All year, kids from 18 schools and four districts have been involved in the School Garden Project, which helps students plant and maintain school gardens. On Friday, all their hard work paid off as they … Continue reading »

SVdP Creates Up-Cycled Bags

EUGENE, Ore. — St. Vincent de Paul is making use of damaged donations with their new UPSMART brand. They use damaged cargo pants and leather jackets to make bags. The up-cycling is helping to create jobs. St. Vincent de Paul plans to outsource the production to areas with poor employment rates. The use of up-cycled … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Roses

EUGENE, Ore. — Fresh cut roses from the garden are such a treat to have, but the truth is roses are susceptible to diseases. Here are the three top things to look out for. Number one is black spot. It makes the leaves look really ugly. It’s a fungus disease that can commonly attack roses. … Continue reading »

First CNG Station Opens in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — A first of its kind fueling station opened to the public Wednesday, and is hoping to speed up a driving revolution. The compressed natural gas station in Eugene is the first in all of Oregon. Cars that run on compressed natural gas fueled up at Travelcard Commercial Fueling at 65 N Seneca Road for the … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Culinary Herbs

EUGENE, Ore. — Lavender, rosemary and thyme–these are herbs that many people will grow and use in their kitchens right now. But there are four other herbs that you can grow and add some real “wow” to your food. One fun herb is lemon verbena. It gets a nice woody stalk, but you actually harvest … Continue reading »

Youth Farm to Sell Organic Vegetables

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Food for Lane County Youth Farm returns for a fourth year on Thursday at Riverbend. Youth farmers helped grow more than 35 kinds of organic fruits and vegetables at the farm on Flamingo Ave. Every Thursday, they’ll be selling them at Riverbend. The farm stand will be stocked with salad mix, … Continue reading »

MECCA Holding Trash Art Contest for Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — A nonprofit in Eugene is challenging kids to turn trash into art. The Materials Exchange Center for the Community Arts (MECCA) says it’s free, easy and fun. MECCA has all donated and reused art material, and any kid who signs up for the challenge will get $5 to buy supplies from the … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Grafted Tomatoes

EUGENE, Ore. — For all you tomato lovers out there, there are tomato plants, and then there are grafted tomato plants. This powerful plant is made up of a really tasty variety of a tomato and a really vigorous root system. The root system is extremely large, which means you get a bigger plant, more … Continue reading »

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