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Use fireflies to highlight a summer garden

To some people they’re lightning bugs, to others, fireflies. For Dr. Sara Lewis, they’re silent sparks illuminating the early summer night sky. On a personal and professional quest to better understand the amazing science behind lightning bug luminescence, Lewis, a...

Get pole lima beans started off right

Large-seeded pole lima beans are a unique crop produced by direct market growers and home gardeners in the Mid-Atlantic region. Unlike most legume crops, pole lima beans are usually transplanted into the field. This is because seed is expensive and sometimes hard to...

Councell family falls for Catrup Farm

(This article is part of a series that spotlights historic farmhouses in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, Kent and Talbot counties. These homes are being given new life by the younger generation that lives in them presently.) Last year when the Catrup Farm on Dover...

Oil lamps have shown way for years

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) Since the dawn of time, people have tried to illuminate the darkness with an artificial source of light. As an alternative to candles, the oil lamp was...

Dogwoods yearn for afternoon shade

Cornus florida is a wonderful deciduous native dogwood that loves to live with morning sun and afternoon shade. These beautiful small trees live under the shade of larger trees, growing 15-30 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide. In a landscape without trees, the flowering...

Start growing your summer food

Try growing some of your own food this summer. Enjoy delicious produce, save money, and reduce climate-warming gas emissions associated with long-distance transportation and packaging of store-bought foods. Most vegetables and annuals can be planted this month. Keep...

Simple living: Different for everyone

What does “simple living” mean to you? Does it mean reducing clutter or streamlining your chores? While it means different things to each of us, living a simple life is an important way that we can protect our mental health as well as the physical environment where we...