Plants & Fungi

Dandy Dandelions

Dandy Dandelions

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Yay, the dandelions are taking over! I thought as I glanced out the window one May day.Actually, I’m not crazy; I’m just kidding. Seriously though, I do...

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Tomatoes are one of the world's favorite fruits; there are thousands of varieties of tomatoes grown around the world. Yes, they really are fruits, but, as...

Raindrop-powered Lousewort Launchers

Raindrop-powered Lousewort Launchers

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Blooming louseworts or wood betony. Photo © Dana Atkinson. Have you ever launched something through the air from the bowl of a plastic spoon? I sure have....

A Wildflower Drive

A Wildflower Drive

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Bird's-foot trefoil. Photo © Klaus Reitmeier|Dreamstime.com. Every time I have gone away in the summer has been a wildflower drive for me all the years we...

The Native Wildflower Garden

The Native Wildflower Garden

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Why,” you ask, “would I want to include native spring ephemerals in my wildflower garden?”Well, in my experience, these wildflowers are much more than...

Growing Great Strawberries

Growing Great Strawberries

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Strawberries are a great crop for beginning fruit growers. Unlike growing trees and bushes, if you make a mistake with strawberries, you can quickly start...

Exploring Nature, March 2024

Exploring Nature, March 2024

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Woodcocks are doing their courtship displays. Listen for their loud peenting or beeping at dusk on warm evenings. Grizzlies come out of hibernation in mid...

Vanilla

Vanilla

Month of March Writing Third Place Winner View the full issue in the Magazine Archive March for my family means vanilla! We live on the edge of a tropical rainforest in southern Belize, which is...

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...