Avoiding Pesticides in Produce

AVOIDING PESTICIDES IN FRUITS & VEGETABLES We know it’s healthy to eat more fruits and vegetables. But a lot of produce contains pesticides. That’s especially a concern for children because they’re still growing and they metabolize toxins differently. Produce samples are tested every year by the Department of Agriculture for pesticide levels. Consumer Reports’ Food … Continue reading »

Family Suspects Watermelon as Culprit

LEBANON, Ore. — The family of an Oregon girl who died from E. coli believes the infection could be traced back to watermelon. While that hasn’t been confirmed, there are things you can do to protect yourself. Serena Profitt and two other children got sick after they reportedly ate watermelon from a Lebanon Walmart. Health … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fruits and Vegetables

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The hot weather mixed with severe drought conditions is impacting fruits and vegetables in the Rogue Valley. With the hot sun beating down on crops across southern Oregon, one might think the crops would be dried up, but farmers said with the proper irrigation, some of their crops are even being … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Gardens in Containers

EUGENE, Ore. — Container gardening is a lot of fun, and you can grow more things than you think in a container. It’s also great if you don’t have much space and want to bring a little nature to a storefront, patio, or a deck. Some plants that grow well in containers are raspberry shortcake, … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Vegetables

Even though it’s July, you can still plant a lot of things this summer that you can harvest later in the year. Cabbages, broccoli, beans and Swiss chard are all great cool weather crops, so it’s time to get in your garden, rip out those spring crops that have gone to seed, and make room … Continue reading »

School Garden Project Wraps Up

EUGENE, Ore. — Students across Lane County are wrapping up their year’s worth of work with the School Garden Project. On Monday, students at Adams Elementary potted tomato plants and ate a lunch made from veggies they all grew themselves. The garden has been part of the curriculum in each class throughout the year, and … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Companion Planting

EUGENE, Ore. — Planting a vegetable garden can sometimes be tricky, but there are some techniques that will make it easier for your plants to grow. In this week’s episode of In the Garden, Caleb Johnson at Johnson Brothers Greenhouses shows which vegetables are the best to plant together. If you need some extra help … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Garden Bed Prep

EUGENE, Ore. — Before your start planting your favorite veggies and flowers this season, you need to prepare a garden bed. Caleb Johnson at Johnson Brothers Greenhouses shares his secrets for having the best soil for planting in the garden. If you’d like extra help getting your vegetable garden started, you can attend a free … Continue reading »