What can you find among the weeds along a gravel driveway? A miner bee is one of the first bees you will encounter in the spring. A dandelion provides a feast for this particular bee.

This is a rough time for many of us, especially for those who like to be out among other people. But this could be a good time for looking at things more closely and for discovering things that have been in front of us all along. And as a gardener and an environmentalist, I see this as a time to explore the outdoors more thoroughly, especially the area immediately out my back door.

There is a lot going on just beyond my backdoor. It is an advantage having a yard large enough to accommodate trees and garden beds, but a postage stamp-sized backyard can also support a variety of creatures. Several neighboring backyards together can become a habitat for an even larger community of plants and animals. Even a north-facing patio can support life in a container garden.

Debby Luquette is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone is 717-334-6271.

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