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12 Oregon Road Trips to Take Before Graduation

Words by Kara Fagan and Keven Salazar | Photo by Trevor Meyer With graduation right around the corner, many students are going to be wrapping up their time here at the University of Oregon. Four years have gone in a blink of an eye for many and it is no surprise that students want to make the rest of these next weeks and weekends count. Since many graduates may be moving to other states and areas, it is a great idea to explore as much of Oregon as you can before your time here comes to an end. Here...

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So You Want to Start a Garden, Huh?

Words by Skyla Patton Did you know Eugene was the number one ranked city for urban farming by Redfin Real Estate News in 2016? As the weather gets warmer, the clouds start to disappear and the flowers start to bloom, leaving those of us with green thumbs a little twitchy. Whether you’re a newbie to the home agriculture scene or a seasoned Yard Crasher, the spotting of green sprouts pushing above ground is equally exciting. Check out these tips on starting your first garden, how to grow easy plants as a first-timer and even a few suggestions on where to head if you don’t have a luscious backyard that’s suited to gardening. BONUS FACT (include this anywhere on the spread): Perennials come back every Spring after completing their seasonal cycle, whereas Annuals die after their blooms have finished. Start-Up Garden Tips   Pick Your Plot Wisely   If you’re starting in your backyard or in a few miscellaneous pots you found at a garage sale, the rule is the same: location, location, location. No matter how good your soil is, or how bright the light can be (and vice versa) plants need a healthy, happy environment all around to thrive. This is especially true if you’re looking to grow fruits or vegetables: even a small step in the wrong direction can lead to a sterile plant. But fear not:...

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Best Plants for Your Apartment

Words by Michaela Barnes | Photo by Michael Davies Some plants may be beauty to behold, but their aesthetic pleasures aren’t the only benefits to keeping them around the house. Different plants even have different utilities and work wonders in certain areas of the home. Be aware — if you have furry friends, be sure to consult with an animal professional before attempting home plant remedies to make sure your pets stay safe. Spider Plants Not everyone has a green thumb or the time to adequately take care of their plants, myself included. The spider plant is a great...

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Oregon’s Must-See Flower Gardens

Words by Keven Salazar | Photo by Michael Davies Spring is upon us, which means sunny days of roses, tulips and more in full bloom. What better occasion to explore some beautiful gardens? Here are six stunning gardens in Oregon; they’re all special in their own way, and ripe for a visit during spring and summer. 1) Owen Rose Garden, Eugene — Eugene’s Owen Rose Garden is a beautiful park that provides trails to explore and wonderful scenery to admire. Just a short walk from the city center, this well-kept garden sits along the Willamette River. It’s a fun...

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DIY Springtime Decor

Words and Photo by Kara Fagan Spring has finally arrived in Eugene! It’s time to spruce up your bedroom decor with small projects that you can do yourself at a reasonable price. Here are two different mini-projects that would be perfect for any room in your college apartment or house. You can buy the material to create these products at craft stores like Michael’s, Target or Hobby Lobby. Sand Candles Sand candles are the perfect decor for any room that needs a little more sprucing up. In order to create this, you will need three glass candle holders ($5.99...

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