Here is the inaugural presentation of reader photos submitted to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Photo Club.
Paul Coppick of Cleveland, Tennessee sent a photo with his dog "Pockets" royally perched on one of his very impressive pumpkins. The crop was his first try at pumpkin growing, and he hopes next year's "will be bigger and better."
"Our butterflies absolutely love the lilac bushes come springtime. We can always count on quite a show."—Sue Papenthien
My son James is standing on a three-foot stool next to his sunflower. He brought home the young seedling after planting it in class, and we watched it grow, and grow... and grow.—Sharlynn Buckley
PHOTO: SHARLYNN BUCKLEY
Linda Campbell sent a photo showing off her thriving spring garden in Sturgis, Michigan. Growth has been so abundant this year, she wrote, "I even have flowers on my tomato plants."