Pam Baxter, PottstownMercury

Pam Baxter

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Recent:
  • PottstownMercury
  • The Reporter
  • The Times Herald
Past:
  • Delco Times
  • The Reading Eagle

Recent articles by Pam:

From the Ground Up: The good and bad of leaves

“A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.” (From The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving) Have you dusted off your rake yet? Are you f… → Read More

From the Ground Up: Pawpaws finding a niche in our area

For most of my life, pawpaw fruit was something I’d heard about but never tasted. No fault of my own. I mean, I’ve never seen pawpaws in a grocery store. → Read More

From the Ground Up: Pawpaws finding a niche in our area

For most of my life, pawpaw fruit was something I’d heard about but never tasted. No fault of my own. I mean, I’ve never seen pawpaws in a grocery store. → Read More

From the Ground Up: It looks easier when Mother Nature does it

At our busiest last month, Charlie and I had five houseguests living with us. We were happy to host them, but boy, what a chore! They ate constantly, and insisted → Read More

From the Ground Up: It looks easier when Mother Nature does it

At our busiest last month, Charlie and I had five houseguests living with us. We were happy to host them, but boy, what a chore! They ate constantly, and insisted → Read More

From the Ground Up: Discovering a familiar plant

When I stopped by a friend’s house last Sunday, I couldn’t help but notice the dusky-blue, olive-like fruits hanging from a shrub at the end of her driveway. Just beautiful → Read More

From the Ground Up: Discovering a familiar plant

When I stopped by a friend’s house last Sunday, I couldn’t help but notice the dusky-blue, olive-like fruits hanging from a shrub at the end of her driveway. Just beautiful → Read More

From the Ground Up: Facing reality after the storm

After the torrential rain from Hurricane Ida finally stopped Wednesday night, I went outside with a flashlight to check the rain gauge. I knew it had rained a lot, but → Read More

From the Ground Up: Facing reality after the storm

After the torrential rain from Hurricane Ida finally stopped Wednesday night, I went outside with a flashlight to check the rain gauge. I knew it had rained a lot, but → Read More

Gardening: Chrysanthemums are bursting with fall color

Have you looked ahead at the long-range weather forecast? The first week of September is on track to be in the upper 70s, the first time in a long while → Read More

Gardening: Chrysanthemums are bursting with fall color

Have you looked ahead at the long-range weather forecast? The first week of September is on track to be in the upper 70s, the first time in a long while → Read More

From the Ground Up: Preserving beauty on the wing

I want to share with you an email that I received in response to my column last week in which I reviewed a new book, by Sara Dykman, titled “Bicycling → Read More

From the Ground Up: Preserving beauty on the wing

I want to share with you an email that I received in response to my column last week in which I reviewed a new book, by Sara Dykman, titled “Bicycling → Read More

From the Ground Up: Bicycling with butterflies

In April 2017 Sara Dykman set off by bicycle on a trip of over 10,000 miles that would take her from Mexico to Canada and back again. This wasn’t the → Read More

From the Ground Up: Bicycling with butterflies

In April 2017 Sara Dykman set off by bicycle on a trip of over 10,000 miles that would take her from Mexico to Canada and back again. This wasn’t the → Read More

From the Ground Up: If a tree falls in the forest ...

I like to think that I’m pretty observant, especially when it comes to plants, and especially when I’m away from my home environment, looking at things with “new eyes.” For → Read More

From the Ground Up: If a tree falls in the forest ...

I like to think that I’m pretty observant, especially when it comes to plants, and especially when I’m away from my home environment, looking at things with “new eyes.” For → Read More

From the Ground Up: Hitching a ride

The weather had been sunny and warm when Eddie left Florida just the day before. But now it was dark and cold inside the truck. Eddie held on — the → Read More

From the Ground Up: Hitching a ride

The weather had been sunny and warm when Eddie left Florida just the day before. But now it was dark and cold inside the truck. Eddie held on — the → Read More

From the Ground Up: A conversation with a budding botanist

Whenever I talk with my friend Matias, we almost always start out with a gardening update. Matias is perhaps more passionate about growing plants than anyone else I know, and → Read More