Getting her hands dirty

Joseph city gardener Judy Swank weeds a plant box along Main Street on Thursday, June 18. “Each box is a little ecosystem of its own,” she said. She’s found frogs, salamanders, red worms, night crawlers and even nesting quail in the boxes. “It’s been a long time since a lot of these were tended,” she said as she pulled grass and weed roots out of the soil. “There are little maple trees that have gotten a pretty good start in some of them.” This is Swank’s second year as the official city gardener. In her spare time she’s building a house, starting a home inspection service and leading Wallowalogy’s Summer Discovery Walks.

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