Inspiring Kids to Play with Dirt

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A local mom is starting an urban gardening and downtown beautification effort in Central Point by teaching kids to play with dirt. Taneea Browning is the founder of the “Dirt Park,” an after school program for now serving on the Noah’s Ark School. Nineteen kids have signed up, turning the small … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Choosing Fertilizer

Medford, Ore. — When choosing fertilizers for the garden, there’s a lot to consider.  OSU Master Gardeners say it is important to understand what the numbers on a fertilizer container mean. There are three numbers on the front of each bag of fertilizer.  The numbers tell the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. For more … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Tee-Pee Trellis

Medford, Ore. — Planting beans doesn’t only have to be about function, it can be about fun.  You can create a tee-pee trellis so the plants will grow, creating a tee-pee even the kids can enjoy. You can use PVC pipe, tree branches, tree branches, wooden dowels or bamboo to make a trellis.  OSU Master … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Gardening Tools

Medford, Ore. — If you’re new to gardening you might easily spend hundreds of dollars on a complete set of tools. Alternatively, by choosing the bare essentials, you can buy just what you need for relatively little money. For more information on how to choose your tools wisely, watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment. You … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Benefits of Chickens

MEDFORD, Ore. — With the growing movement toward eating locally grown foods, keeping backyard chickens in urban settings is becoming more popular. Oregon State University (OSU) Extension’s Master Gardener De Guy shows us how having a couple of chickens can benefit a gardener.

Central Point Garden Needs Help

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – An organization that works to grow fresh produce for people in need is getting a lot of attention. P. Annie’s Secret Garden is a non-profit group that relies on people to donate space in their backyards so volunteers can plant fruits and vegetables for the homeless, students, veterans, and anyone else … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Transplanting Flowers

Medford, Ore. — It’s the time of year that many gardeners start thinking about adding some color to their gardens.  The easy way to do that is plant flowers. There are some things you need to know before you transplant flowers from the pot to the flower bed.  For tips watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment. If … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Basil

Medford, Ore. — Basil is a great addition to any dish and to any garden.  There are several different varieties to chose from. For more information on how to choose and care for your basil plants, watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment or call the OSU Master Gardener near you. Jackson County - (541) 776-7371 Josephine … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Drought Tolerant Plants

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon is experiencing an unusually dry year, which is expected to be harder on plants in the heat of the summer. Some plants can flourish in dry weather after initial planting. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor met OSU Master Gardener Laurin Parker out ‘In the Garden’ to see the variety of plants that can … Continue reading »

Preparing for GMO Lawsuit

MEDFORD, Ore. — Less than a week into the Jackson County GMO ban, supporters are already preparing for a legal fight. Campaigners with Our Family Farms Coalition say statements from an opposition group in Salem lead them to believe a lawsuit may be on the way. Our Family Farms sent out a message to supporters … Continue reading »

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