Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions. Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark … Continue reading »

Smoke Not Impacting Crops

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A thick layer of smoke still blankets the air, but according to farmers, the smoke is not affecting their crop. At Seven Oaks Farm in Central Point, customers picked through a selection of fresh melons, peppers, peaches, and other produce. According to Seven Oaks Farm owner, Jerry Mefford, the only thing the … Continue reading »

Pears Fight Airborne Disease

MEDFORD, Ore. — Pear growers are battling their worst nightmare. Fire blight is an air-born disease that can be detrimental if left unattended.  It’s popular in pear trees and other ornamental trees. This year plant experts say fire blight is especially bad because of the warm humid start to the growing season, and windy days … Continue reading »