The traditional Food Pyramid was recently replaced by MyPlate. It seems like a sensible move, as it’s much easier to put food on a plate than stack it into a pyramid. OSU’s Be Well blog is looking for examples of real plates. The Post My Plate contest is easy to enter: Take a picture of your (hopefully healthy and well-balanced) plate of food and post it to the Be Well Facebook page by midnight on Dec. 3. You could win a prize, or bask in the glory of inspiring others with your healthy eating!
If you need guidance, check out the resources on Extension’s Food & Nutrition community page.
Last fall, while gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows of my building, I noticed something strange. There were bugs — lots of them — congregating on the glass of the windows and the sunny side of the building’s exterior wall. They were brown, beetle-like, with orange markings and long antennae. And did I mention there were a lot of them? I’d never seen anything like it in Oregon. The sunny autumn days of 2010 stretched on, and the insects hung around too. A time or two, I heard people laugh about the “OSU beetles.”
This summer, the bugs relocated from campus to my house. A mass of them took up residence on the south-facing side of a garden shed. (more…)
A few days ago, a neighbor of mine sent out an email. Her quince tree had more fruit than she could use, and she was offering fruit up to anyone who would pick it. I didn’t even know how to pronounce “quince,” but I was intrigued by the offer, so I grabbed a bag and headed to her house. Twenty minutes later, I had as many pounds of quince as I could carry. And no idea what to do with it. (more…)
In the fall I’ve always wanted to plant more bulbs than the daffodils and tulips I already have in my yard, but never took the time to find what bulbs might work best or where to place them in the garden. This year promises to be different, thanks to OSU Extension horticulturist Linda McMahan.
Use pots! Nearly all bulbs sold in the fall work well in pots that stay outdoors, she says. It’s easy to create a stunning display that begins to grow in the fall or middle of winter, then bursts into bloom in the spring or early summer.
“Don’t be afraid to pack the pot full of bulbs,” she said. “Plant a lot of bulbs at different, overlapping levels. You can easily put 20-30 bulbs, sometimes even more, into a pot that is 14–20 inches across. Use bulbs of many different sizes for an interesting display and longer seasonal appeal.”
For more information on what bulbs to plant and how, check out this news release.
Thanks, Linda. Beautiful blooming pots are another good reason to look forward to spring!
I’ve been ripening my green cherry tomatoes for about 2 weeks now, with mixed success. The photo above is what they look like now, as they sit on a baking sheet in my kitchen. I’ve found that rearranging them to look as much like a rainbow as possible helps with the “watched pot” factor.
In this post, we’re excited to feature a guest writer. Camille Storch is an off-the-grid mom of two living and working in rural Oregon. She writes about ecology, agriculture, and the reality of her modest but joyful lifestyle on her blog, Wayward Spark.
Garlic is amazing. I’m so happy that it exists on this earth. Yeah, there’s the whole bad breath thing, but really, I could care less.
Good garlic kept in a dry storage location will last for months or even over a year. It doesn’t really NEED any specific preservation, but I’m going to offer up a couple alternatives to keeping a heads on the kitchen counter: garlic braids and homemade garlic powder. (more…)