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Ripe for the Picking

Wandering through rows of blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry bushes is not only a delightful experience, it also creates direct connections between farmers and families.




Sow True Seed photo

What is wrong with my tomatoes? Tomatoes are the beautiful, delicious, iconic garden crop, but with so many things that could be wrong with your tomatoes, it’s a wonderfully, and worryingly, huge question. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Phenology training

NPS photo

Spring came to the Southeast three weeks early this year, and a burgeoning citizen science effort in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park aims to put a bead on whether seasonal patterns are shifting for good. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Rankin Bottoms

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Livin

About an hour’s drive from Waynesville, North Carolina, and you’ll be up to your ankles in mud, swatting mosquitoes and listening to cicadas hum from the willows and cottonwood trees of Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Management Area. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

It’s morning on the Pigeon River, which will soon teem with visitors enjoying the beautiful and exciting Pigeon River Gorge. It hasn’t always been this way. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

N.C. Arboretum butterfly garden

N.C. Arboretum photo

Experience the magic of butterflies up close with the special Winged Wonders exhibit this summer at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Indigo bunting

Holly Kays photo

It was only 8 a.m. when I parked my car in a dewy meadow near Franklin, North Carolina, but the bird banding crew I was meeting had already been at work for hours. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

There are many seeds that we start indoors so that we can nurture the seedlings and small plants in controlled conditions. more

Mountain Explorer

The book features 42 trail networks and 1,200 miles of mountain bike trails, including full-color maps and photos, route details and trail descriptions. more

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