Savvy Senior: Adaptive Gardening: Tips and Tools for Older Gardeners

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend some good tools and tips for senior gardeners? My 77-year-old mother loves to work in the garden but over the past few years has been plagued by injuries.

– Concerned Daughter

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The Beauty in Nature: Summer Saltmarsh Sounds

Saltmarshes are watery, grassy habitats between barrier island beaches and dunes along seacoasts and the mainland. Saltmarshes along the Atlantic Ocean from New England to Virginia are alive with a variety of creatures in summer, most of which are there to raise young.

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The Beauty in Nature: Wastewater Wildlife

For an hour one afternoon toward the end of April of this year, I stopped at one of my favorite wildlife places close to home in New Holland. This spot is dominated by treated wastewater from New Holland businesses that flows constantly into a brook in a cow pasture.

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Melinda’s Garden: Growing Your Own Cut Flowers

Keep your flower vases filled all summer long with beautiful blossoms picked right from your own garden and containers.

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The Beauty in Nature: Warblers I’ve Enjoyed

Several kinds of warblers, which are small, colorful birds that winter in Central and South America, nest in forests and woody thickets in North America, including in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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The Beauty in Nature: Woodcock Courtship

I remember the first time I saw a courting male American woodcock silhouetted against a striking sunset one evening early in April several years ago.

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The Beauty in Nature: Hazelnuts and Alders

American hazelnuts and speckled alders are wild shrubs native to northeastern North America. Both species have beautiful, intriguing parts early in spring that make them interesting.

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Melinda’s Garden: Houseplants 101

Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement.

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The Beauty in Nature: Inland Diving Ducks

Every late autumn, winter, and early spring, I look forward to seeing a variety of migrating and/or wintering ducks, geese, and swans in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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