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Storing the Bounty

Storing the Bounty

Photo © Olga Volodina/Dreamstime.com I am a strong proponent of extending the growing season whenever possible, and utilizing row covers, tunnels, and greenhouses to keep up the flow of fresh foods...

Exploring Nature, October 2021

Exploring Nature, October 2021

Photo ©Kevin Shank The Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains will likely be ablaze in peak fall foliage color the second or third weekend.October is the peak migration time for hawks,...

Parable of an Apple Tree

Parable of an Apple Tree

What was it that caught my eye, that sun-dappled summer day? What was it that caused me to pause and marvel at the apple tree before me? Was it lush boughs, or clusters of scarlet fruit? No, it was...

Treasures of the Forest

Treasures of the Forest

Treasure hunts are lots of fun, aren’t they? The suspense of knowing that something special is hidden, prolonged by the fact that it takes effort to find! It was with that sort of feeling that we...

Our Wildflower Walk

Our Wildflower Walk

On the first Sunday in May, Dad announced, “Let’s go to Rexmont for a drive on such a nice day.” “We could take our wildflower guide and a notebook,” I decided. “And let’s see how many wildflowers...