SOU Teaming WIth Chevy for Carbon Plan

DETROIT, Mich. – Chevrolet is purchasing carbon credits worth up to $5 million to help 11 colleges across the U.S. become less carbon reliant, including Southern Oregon University (SOU). The move is part of the automakers voluntary initiative to reduce 8 million metric tons of carbon from being emitted. According to the company, that’s the … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Phalanopsis Orchids

[In the Garden] — One orchid often seen in homes, the Phalanopsis orchid, is popular for colorful, long lasting blooms. Orchids can grow in a wide variety of media. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor met with OSU Extension Master Gardener Diana Robenske to find out more about these plants.

GMO Labeling Measure Raising Millions

SALEM, Ore. – The battle over labeling foods in Oregon containing genetically modified organisms is turning into an expensive enterprise. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly $23 million has been raised by campaigns for both sides of Measure 92, with those looking to defeat the proposal out-raising proponents almost 3-to-1. The news comes … Continue reading »

In The Garden: Dealing with Fall Leaves

MEDFORD, Ore.– Here’s some ideas of what to do and what not to do with your fall leaves. OSU Master Gardeners say don’t burn them! You can use fall leaves in your garden for compost, mulch, or as a garden amendment; or give them to your gardening friends. You can also call your disposal company … Continue reading »

Halloween Craft Ideas

MEDFORD, Ore.– Things are getting spooky and crafty this Halloween. Betty Rodman from Michael’s Craft Store joined Newswatch 12 to explain some alternative Halloween activities, than the usual pumpkin carving. This weekend is also a kids club event where anyone three and older can make their own Halloween treat bag from 10:30 to noon at … Continue reading »

In The Garden: Planting for Spring Color

MEDORD, Ore.– Bulbs are easy to plant and offer surprise color in the spring. A gardener can choose which to plant by when they bloom. Depending on when you plant them, you can have color from late February through May in your garden. Choose by which may be “safest”, as in the least likely to … Continue reading »

In The Garden: Rotating Perennial Pots

MEDFORD, Ore., — Containers of potted flowers can help decorate a patio or deck.  Which is better to use in the containers: annuals or perennials?  Annuals bloom for a long time but die when summer ends so have to be replaced every year. Perennials live from year to year so don’t have to be replaced … Continue reading »

In The Garden: Winter Dreams

MEDFORD, Ore., — Winter Dreams, Summer Gardens is an annual full day seminar with lectures for everyone interested in gardening, from Backyard Gardeners through Master Gardeners.   This is a wonderful opportunity to gain information on gardening in the areas which are of interest to everyone.  You pre-select four lecture topics from nearly 40 available … Continue reading »

In The Garden: Composting

MEDFORD, Ore., — OSU Extension Office Master Gardener Chris Hjerrild explains the benefits of composting and how it can dramatically impact your garden without much effort. 

In the Garden: Dividing Perennials

Medford, Ore. — It’s the time of year you should start dividing your spring and summer blooming perennials. OSU Extension Master Gardeners said you should divide plants 4-6 weeks before a hard frost to give the plant time to establish the roots.  You should do this every 3-5 years for most perennials. The Jackson County … Continue reading »

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