Plants & Fungi

Growing Blueberries

Growing Blueberries

With a sly grin, Phil poked a stick through the leaves, trying to make me think it was a rattlesnake.That was thirty-five-plus years ago, and I still have fond memories of that huckleberry picking...

Rainbow of Flowers

Rainbow of Flowers

Flower Bed Contest First Place Photo © Joyce Tschetter. We recently had an opportunity to visit the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, and my idea for a flower bed was inspired by the Rainbow...

Our Flower Bed

Our Flower Bed

Flower Bed Contest Third Place Photo © Solomon Blair. This is our first year having a raised flower bed. My dad built it with treated 2x8 lumber and lattice. It is 39 square feet. Before filling it...

Bubbling Rock Flower Bed

Bubbling Rock Flower Bed

Flower Bed Contest Second Place Photo © Kristina Zimmerman. We had a patch of grass between our retaining wall and our walkway that was too small to mow with a riding mower, so I decided to turn it...

To Make a Flower Arbor

To Make a Flower Arbor

Flower Bed Contest Third Place April June September I decided to create my flower bed around an arbor. To make it, we bent a hog panel into an upside-down U shape, anchoring it down with U-shaped...

Flower Beds Designed to Delight

Flower Beds Designed to Delight

Flower Bed Contest Grand Prize Tiger swallowtail on lantana. Photo © Regina Eby. Flower beds are the prettiest right after you’ve made all your flower choices, planted them, and tucked that rich...

Yielding Seed After His Kind

Yielding Seed After His Kind

I like seed catalogs! There are few pastimes more pleasurable in a January snowstorm than to curl up in front of the wood stove with a steaming mug and a stack of seed catalogs. Of course, seed...

Composition Considerations

Composition Considerations

Now that you have a subject in your viewfinder, what makes a pleasing composition?The answers will vary, and usually there is not a right/wrong way. First of all, what is being photographed? If it...

Favorite Focus, November 2023

Favorite Focus, November 2023

Pine Warbler. Photo © Weston Martin, Greencastle, PA. Photo © Peter Shirk, New Columbia, PA. Eastern lubber grasshopper. Photo © Abigail Russell, Austin, TX. Green darner dragonfly. Photo © Colette...

Keep It Covered

Keep It Covered

One of the most important rules of gardening is to always be gardening. That doesn’t mean we need to keep ourselves in the garden every working day planting, weeding, fertilizing, or harvesting....