Features: Outdoors

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

Getting help in the garden from companion plants

Need a few friends to help you harvest more fruits, vegetables and flowers in the garden as well as help with pest control? Want more lovely butterflies and birds to keep you company in the yard? Companion planting is the answer!

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 03:32 PM

And now I will return to the Galax wood

While writing the so called main articles of the outdoors section over the past nine years did scratch a writing itch I had along with allowing myself to revisit on occasion some of the memories of my younger days, it did not allow me to scratch deep enough. To do this, I would need to devote more time, patience and computer time toward returning to the galax woods.

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 06:39 PM

The Adoptables

Rocky is quite the athlete. He would have no problem running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 08:56 AM

Gardening: a big return on a small investment

Gardening and landscaping offer big returns on our investment of time and energy. Being outdoors in the fresh air, connecting with nature, burning calories, harvesting wonderful vegetable and flowers, and increasing our property value are a few of the ways we are rewarded for digging in the dirt. It is an extra bonus when we can do these activities for the least amount of money using items we recycle or already have around the house.

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 06:34 PM

Love is not enough; be a responsible dog owner

    As an American Kennel Club Canine Ambassador, I'm given information and booklets to share with children when I offer dog care, child safety programs at libraries, schools or our local shelter. One of my favorite things is an old AKC bumper sticker that read: "Love is not enough.  Be a responsible dog owner." 

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 09:32 AM

Planning your spring and summer garden

Although we can garden year-round in the Piedmont area, most people start thinking about vegetable, herb and flower gardening in the spring. To get the most from your spring and summer gardens, do a little "armchair" gardening during the remaining cold winter weeks.