This poem is a commentary of what I have observed from interactions in online chat rooms and dating sites. Sometimes these encounters lead to true love but more often than not situations like this.
This poem was written as a response to a photo prompt challenge based on 'The Long Man of Wilmington' an ancient chalk figure on a hillside in South Downs, Sussex
The Cackleberry Farmer hits the road again, this time from Murgon to Nanango (SE Queensland, Australia) with a stop at Broadwater on the way home.
Recently I have lacked the inspiration to write anything new but it just took a change of scenery and a day in this beautiful garden to re-inspire me to write this poem.
Starting your own blog or website can be a rewarding but challenging experience. Creating a successful multi-author website, even more so. The Creative Exiles is evolving in an exciting new direction.
This short piece of verse is in response to a flash fiction/poetry challenge issued recently.
Self-help and motivational articles and videos abound on the Internet but if you stumbled upon this one I hope it provides you with the inspiration you are looking for.
A collection of poetry about love, lust, and desire.
The theme of these verses is life, death, and random thoughts that spring to my mind in relation to our existence on this earth.
Being a freelance writer it is quite an achievement for me to have written 300 articles on one website. It seemed to take forever to reach 100, but here we are at the triple-century.
This is a tribute to Russ Tyson, one of the most renowned and popular broadcasters/announcers in the history of Australian radio. Many did not know that he was also an accomplished writer and poet.
My wife, friends, and I spent an afternoon picking cotton and this article and poem are about that experience.
Let's take a look at the words "Live' and "Evil" often used as an ambigram in tattoos and the like, as well as what the word really is: a semordnilap.
This article describes the trials and tribulations we went through moving ourselves and animals from our 40-acre rural farm to a 1/4 acre house block in town.
May 12th is National Limerick Day in the United Kingdom. This celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear who invented the limerick.
Some try to follow the Ten Commandments, others think they are outdated. Here are a list of life-rules that I attempt to live by and you can too.
Just a short poem I wrote for Poetry Month comparing cruel or hurtful words to rose thorns, and a few additional haiku about roses.
A dramatic poem portraying an anxious father's search for his missing child.
A writer's life can be a lonesome one. Hours are often spent alone at a desk, in an office or study putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard, allowing little interaction with those around us.
Once upon a time it seemed that we could believe most of what we read in the newspaper or watched on the evening news, but today it seems as though much of the news is manipulated or downright false.
This poem is a reworking of one of my earliest children's poems called Betelgeuse previously published in another hub called 'Verse for the Young at Heart.' I have added four extra stanzas.
This is a freestyle essay and an exercise in writing down random thoughts and hoping that they convey some message to the readers. It also asks the question "Should I kill off the Cackleberry Farmer?"
This is the third in a series of story/poems based on the life and deeds of Keto, a fictional seer, mime, and healer and how he became a legend in his own lifetime despite being blind from birth.
A poetic response to the science fiction writing challenge "The Encounter" by Genna East.
The continuing story of Keto the blind seer, healer and mime, told through rhyming verse.
This is just a silly little poem inspired by a dream of the wife of a friend of mine.
We all have to face gossip or unfair rumours at some time in our lives. This poem hopefully offers some advice on how to deal with those situations.
Another chapter in the Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer. In this edition the farmer, his wife, and dogs hit the road in an old converted Toyota Coaster bus.
I wrote this poem with no message in mind. It is just a little bit of randomness and the need to write something.. anything!
This is a poem telling the story of a blind seer known as Keto and his amazing abilities. If you have never heard of him, read on and be inspired.
This is a poem about keeping a positive attitude and not looking back but instead moving ahead to a bright and successful future.
The year seems to go by so quickly. We just get over one Christmas when it seems we are preparing for the next. But despite this, it is important to always remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Australia is the driest continent on Earth. This poem describes what it is like living in a country that often experiences heatwaves and drought conditions.
A brief history covering the origin of tea, the development of trade and it's spread as a popular beverage throughout the world.
A simple poetic tribute to Hub Pages, still the best content, general writing, and revenue sharing site on the Internet after so many years.
Step-by-step instructions on how to build a cob pizza oven. Cook pizzas, amazing roast meats, and even bake loaves of bread. If you love the outdoors and have abundant wood supply this is for you.
For many writers the urge to write often drives them to forgo sleep and work throughout the night. What is this hidden force that controls their pen?
I hope this poem inspires and encourages people to be the change they want in the world. To treat everyone with love and respect, to fight against greed and corruption, and always think positive.
This story is in response to a writing challenge issued by my friend annart to write about a boring, mundane subject and attempt to make it interesting. I hope I have succeeded with "The Leaf."
One of Australia‘s most fascinating and spooky mysteries is the Min Min Lights which have been seen in Queensland, the Northern Territory, and northern New South Wales.
There are many articles online, in books and magazines offering advice on "How to Write" everything from poetry and flash fiction to novels and nonfiction content. This tells you how to write stuff.
The latest in the series about the everyday trials and tribulations of an Australian poultry/chicken/cackleberry farmer.
What I Did at the End of Our Street is not biographical. It is however, a rather graphic expose on one of our society’s greatest problems.
This is really a social commentary disguised as a quaint poetic tale. I think it portrays an important message of happiness and contentment over greed.
This poem was inspired by one stanza of verse I was hired to write for a client. I thought the topic of "love in a street gang" very interesting and decided to write an entire poem around it.
Previously I wrote a poem called "If I Could Write a Love Poem." It was very well received and even selected to turn into a song that was recorded on an album by Tally Koren. This is the sequel.
Almost all human interaction involves the use of promises and lies at some level. Many people make promises but not all intend to keep them. It is quite a skill to seperate the truth from lies.
My wife and I have been asked on occasions to babysit various numbers of our grandchildren. Most recently this required looking after four boys for a ten day period. I hope this guide may help others.
This short adventure story is my response to a writing challenge. I also read a recent article that said there was a lack of short fiction available with skiing as the theme. So here goes.
Sonnets, both English and Italian, are interesting forms of poetry. I find them both challenging and interesting to write but every sonnet I have written seems to have crime or suspense as a theme.
Australia has a proud history of competing in the Summer Olympic Games. Although we are very competitive in most sports we compete in, the majority of our medals invariably come in the swimming pool.
It is not easy to summarise this article. If there was a "not applicable" box I would have ticked that. For want of something better, let's say it's about our solar system, or maybe how to write.
This poem uses the scarecrow as a social commentary on how we should treat our fellow man. We should put ourselves in the shoes of others and try to understand their situation before judging them.
Many people aspire to be writers. Some make it, some don't. But what exactly do we have to achieve to be able to legitimately refer to ourselves by that title "Writer"?
Graffiti is often viewed as a world-wide social and community problem and even a criminal activity, but there is true art and conviction in the work of some graffiti artists such as Banksy and Orion.
This is the short story of a young girl, Cahlya, attending her very first football game with her dad. It is the result of a recent writing prompt I was given.
A new and long-awaited installment of the Cackleberry Farmer Series about the life on a small scale, backyard chicken farm and the trials and benefits involved in living that rural lifestyle.
I was recently introduced to a poem by William Henry Davies titled "Leisure". This poem "No More Unicorns" was inspired by reading that poem.
The English Language is a strange creature and a lot of fun can be had playing around with our words. "An Irregular Wor(l)d" is a poem that gives some examples of that.
A look at some of the pros and cons I experienced recently when setting up and managing a multi-author website.
A short poem about the famous mythical flying horse, Pegasus, an inspiration for the Greek Muses and for many writers, poets, and artists since.
With all the amazing advancements in science, medicine, and technology the world should be a much better place than ever before. But sometimes I wonder?
One of the main roles of most creatures on the planet is to find a suitable mate, and procreate to continue the growth of their particular species. In humans though, it can be much more complicated.
Wherever people gather and there are different personalities vying for space and attention there is bound to eventually be some disagreement. Some of us seem destined to fill the role of mediator.
Just imagine you were king of the entire world for one year. What would you do to try and cure the Earth's ills and to make it a better and fairer place for everyone?
There is a fine line between freedom of speech and the protection of people, especially minorities from hate and bigotry. In this poem I am appealing to you all, "Let's find a middle ground."
This short flash fiction story was written from a photo prompt for a competition.
Sometimes we become stuck in a rut and it becomes easier just to accept life around us and go with the flow. But bravery and change is required to improve society and the world. We can be heroes.
The appreciation of poetry seems to have been on a steady decline over recent years. Some have even said that poetry is dead or no longer relevant to today's society, but I am trying to change that
We all love pets but some are more expensive and difficult to keep successfully than others. Chickens are an economical and easy alternative to the traditional pets like cats and dogs.
An overview of the 1968 novel "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula Le Guin, as well as a poem I wrote inspired by the title but which I called "The Right Hand of Darkness"
A short poem inspired by the title of the Ursula Le Guin book "The Lathe of Heaven."
We all are endowed with a gift or gifts in some form. Whether we class them as being God given, or a natural talent isn't important. This is just a look at some of the different gifts and their uses.
Before Internet, email and even telephones and planes, people from different countries were still falling in love and often having to maintain long distance love affairs separated by miles and seas.
This short fiction story takes it's inspiration from the title of Ursula Le Guin's novel title "The Eye of the Heron." It is not based on the contents of that book in any way however.
This poem expresses some of my thoughts regarding what is wrong with today's society and suggests one possible solution in regard to homeless and unemployed.
"The Dreamtime" is actually the story of creation as believed and told by the Australian Aboriginals. The unlikely inspiration for this article was the name of Ursula Le Guin's "The Beginning Place"
A poem that exposes the illusion that we live in a perfect society, instead highlighting the embarrassing problems of inequality, greed and poverty that many city authorities try to hide or ignore.
Just a short poem about the desire for travel and adventure, but also the longing to return home
The year just past has been eventful and challenging for many of us. No matter where in the world you live there have been major events that have affected you. Let's now concentrate on the year ahead.
Welcome to the Christmas 2015 Edition of my series "Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer." There isn't a lot of foul language in this article and it mostly focuses on how we celebrate the festive season.
This poem expresses my view on where our world is heading unless something is done soon to halt man's blind march towards destroying this planet and all upon it.
The second article in a series celebrating the diverse and unique art of famous Australian Illustrators and Painters. Let me introduce: Frederick McCubbin
Christmas seem to be moving away from it's original meaning to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to be more concerned with merchandising, gluttony, and outdoing others. Maybe we should call it Giftmas.
Here is another instalment in my series about life as a chicken (poultry) farmer. I think "Cackleberry Farmer" sounds more exotic however, so I called it that.
This is a light-hearted piece of "fantasy" fiction that I wrote while relaxing in my favourite armchair. Writing experts always advise that you should always find inspiration in the things around you.
In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks I decided to write a poem of sympathy, support solidarity for the world against terrorism and ISIS
This poem is a simple guide on how we should approach life in order to attain our dreams and goals.
Here is something I wrote especially for Halloween. It's a tongue in cheek poem based on a popular fairy tale...only years later.
The first article in a series celebrating the diverse and unique art of famous Australian Illustrators and Painters. Let me introduce: d'Arcy W Doyle.
The fourth article in my series about life on my small acre hobby farm in the beautiful South Burnett region, Queensland, Australia.
Since the introduction of the Internet the world has seen a major shift in the way people communicate, and even find love. More and more relationships are developing online rather than "in the flesh."
I have just been advised that I have reached the six year milestone here at HubPages. Here is a little about my time here and also some fun facts and trivia about the number 6.
A dramatic poem depicting the futility of war and pointless sacrifice of young lives
Here are just some of my random thoughts and ramblings on how to write when your muse has gone on vacation and you just can't find inspiration or think of anything relevant to say.
A short list and commentary on some songs and verses that I heard while growing up and that have become embedded in my mind so that seemingly for no reason I suddenly start singing or reciting them.
This is a response to a poetry challenge to write a poem based on elements from two videos 'The Grey" and "I Am Your Shadow" exploring man and wolf's struggle to survive in the frozen wilderness
The third article in my series exploring everyday life on the Cackleberry Farm.
Another collection of jokes, riddles, humorous quotes and other silly stuff to tickle your funny bone and hopefully make you laugh out loud. This is my second in the series.
With the Internet and social media being the fastest growing communication tool on the planet it is inevitable that at some stage something you write or post online will upset or offend someone else.
A tribute to one of the most influential folk/rock singer-songwriters of our times, Bob Dylan.
A recent challenge was issued to write a flash fiction story (less than 1000 words) using just three prompts. 1. Drama 2. A Coffee Shop 3. A Cane. This is my attempt.
This poem "The Masterpiece" was compiled and edited by me but it's writing is a collaboration of many talented poets. The story behind it is based on Claude Monet and his wonderful paintings.
Members of my family suffer from, or have suffered from depression. It can be a debilitating mental illness and although not a popular topic I decided to write a poem about it.
Part two or (August Edition) of my series about life on the Cackleberry Farm. Due to the popularity of the first hub I decided to publish this series monthly or for as long as it remains interesting.
Here I present an example of collaborative, collective, or "chain" poetry and also provide an opportunity for readers to partake in a challenge to build on this poem and continue the chain.
This is the final article in the series "How to Speak Aussie." Here I list slang, strine, and popular Australian sayings from Q to Z that should prove helpful if you ever visit The Land Down-under.
A collection of jokes, riddles, humorous quotes and other silly stuff to tickle your funny bone and hopefully make you laugh out loud.
One description of a piece of land 50 acres or smaller is a "hobby farm" because you don't earn enough money from livestock or crops to make a living. On our farm the main produce is "cackleberries."
Among the Australian contingent of players competing at Wimbledon 2015 were a couple of young guns called Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic. They certainly left their mark, but was that good or bad?
The third installment of the "Dictionary of Australian Slang, Strine and Colloquialisms. This time we will look at popular Aussie words beginning with J. K. L. M, N, O and P.
A poem is a tribute to my father and the miraculous rose bush that begins to bloom each year on the anniversary of his birth and death.
This short fiction story is my response to a writing challenge/contest. The hero of the story is Leonardo Da Vinci and this is my interpretation of him hypothetically travelling to the future.
A collection of two sentence horror stories to keep you awake or give you nightmares.
Part two of my Dictionary of Australian Slang, Strine and Colloquialisms. This installment covers the alphabet from "D" to "I". Follow each part in this series to learn how to talk like an Aussie.
Australia is a country of diverse flora, fauna and landscapes. It also has it's own diverse take on the English language as you will see with this dictionary of Aussie slang, strine and colloquialisms
A dramatic poem (with a hint of flash fiction) written in response to a photo prompt challenge of a country road in Autumn.
This is just a simple poem with a message. Sometimes we are too consumed by the world and our busy lives and don't really take the time to think about what is really important. There are those who do.
This is the 200th work I have published online. I never dreamed I would have written this many poems, stories and essays but once you start writing it becomes addictive. If I can do it, anyone can.
My tribute to the late rock 'n' roll great Buddy Holly, including an acrostic poem based on the title of his song "Raining in My Heart."
Join me on a walk to my mailbox. We'll enjoy the exercise and some scenery on the way. A photographic journey and short piece of nonfiction writing.
A children's story based around Australian wildlife but adapted from both Aboriginal and African tribal folklore that answers an age old question "Why do mosquitoes buzz in people's ears?"
One of my darker pieces of writing and social commentary on religion, people's morals, hypocritical attitudes, and murder.
This is an account of what the average shopping day in town is like for my wife and I (a non-average couple). What most people give little thought to for us can be quite a challenging experience.
With April being "Poetry Month" I need to try and complete as many poems as I can. Some may be short like this one. At the end of the month or combine some of the shorter ones into one collection.
Many readers enjoy the Murder Mystery and Suspense genre but it isn't often that you associate those topics with the word "sonnet." Here are two sonnets like you've never seen before.
The long awaited second chapter of the story "Tom Swiftly and the Case of the Million Dollar Collar."
Five short flash fiction stories in response to a writing challenge by friend Chris Mills. Flash fiction is becoming very popular as a quick read for people leading busy lifestyles.
Why do writers write? How do we approach the process, and then decide if what we have produced is good enough to publish or even allow others to read? All writers have their own unique approaches.
It is often said that with all the improved communications like the Internet and social media, fast news services etc, that the world is getting smaller. If so, why are we getting lonelier?
I have read countless articles in the last year about people's pets dying. It is something all pet lovers have to experience and is always a sad time. This article and the poems relate to how I cope.
I wrote this as two cyclones bear down on Australia, Cyclone Lam on the Northern Territory and Cyclone Marcia on the Queensland coast. Meanwhile a friend has been battling her own storm.
This is my response to another Hub Challenge. This challenge involved writing something creative about an abandoned solitary fireplace. Bill provided a photo prompt and background for the request.
I am by no means a chef (though my eldest son is) however I can cook most things I attempt satisfactorily. My specialty however is scrambled eggs, so here is my simple recipe.
This poem is my response to the Hub challenge issued by Bill Holland (billybuc) to write a story, poem, or essay from a photo prompt titled "The Door to Nowhere."
Australia Day is a national holiday celebrated on January 26th each year. It marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788.
The third and final chapter of a story that started from a 'one sentence' writing prompt.
This is a continuation of "Maureen's Story" that appeared in my hub "How to Construct a Short Story Using One Sentence as a Prompt"
Many people are afraid of change, but you often have to force yourself to leave your comfort zone and go out into the big wide world to fulfill your potential. This poem is about that inner turmoil.
Here is a poem I wrote for a recent poetry contest using a supplied photo prompt.
A poem about social injustice particularly in Africa and 'what is termed 'Third World' countries and the apathy of the rest of the world and people in general.
It is often difficult for writers to find the inspiration or an idea for their next article or short story. This hub gives one example I have experimented with to help me write a short story.
This is my response to the Winter Memories Hub Page Challenge originally issued by Jackie Lynnley three years ago and resurrected again this year. These are my childhood memories of Winter.
This is a sequal to my original space adventure poem 'A Space Shanty'. It proved so popular with readers that I listened to requests and wrote another, making it a series.
There have been so many forum discussions recently of people who are unhappy with the treatment of their hubs due to Google's Panda update and ever changing algorithms. We need to take a stand!
As Christmas approaches once again it is time for another Yuletide poem along with some interesting Christmas related trivia to amuse and entertain.
An interview with poet and writer Jodah. In response to a writer's challenge issued by Availiasvision.
Many people around the world experience a "White Christmas" but not so in Australia where Christmas falls in mid-Summer. These Haiku are in celebration of Christmas spirit in Australia.
The first instalment of a short story loosely based on the Tom Swift series written by Victor Appleton II in the early 1900's. These books became famous for a type of pun later called the "Tom Swifty"
Where is society heading? Inequality and the gap between rich and poor is growing every day. Homelessness and poverty are largely ignored. Governments protect big business at the people's expense.
Writers are always striving to perfect their craft whether they be poets, novelists, technical writers, teachers etc. However, the truth is some of us just can't grasp the basics . This is for you.
This is my response to a writing challenge issued by Jennifer Arnett to write a short story interpretation of a photo that she provided. This is a story about the choices we make and the consequences.
This short story and poem are in response to a writers' challenge issued by Bill Holland (Billybuc) to write a story or poem based on the photo titled "The Woman on the Mountaintop."
With Halloween upon us it is a good time for something a little scary. I wasn't sure whether to write a poem or short story but as I have written more stories than poems recently I decided on a poem.
This short story is in response to a hub challenge by annart to write a story based on her painting of Burnham Beach.
Almost every country has it's legends and stories of fantastic and mysterious creatures that have passed down the ages. Well Australia is no different. Our folklore has its own unique creatures.
A rollicking poem inspired by my love for space and science-fiction and songs by Train, Jimmy Buffett and Jon English.
We all experience what is commonly called "writer's block" from time to time. This article is basically about how to deal with that in general, but more specifically in relation to Hub Pages.
Two of the most controversial subjects of discussion are politics and religion. For that reason many writers avoid these topics..well not me. I hope you enjoy these politically incorrect limericks.
Romantic poets have been striving to write the perfect love poem since they first picked up a quill. There have been many wonderful love poems written and here I list some of them, and one of my own.
The basis of this hub is the poem "Death in Paradise" but the theme and message of the article as a whole is environmental protection especially the importance of trees to life on our planet.
My alternative ending for Frank Atanacio's story "A Different Type of Torture".
A short story about love and jealousy, and the steps people will go to for love. Oh, and Avon.
There is a lot of media coverage and attempts to reduce road fatalities due to drink-driving, texting while driving, and speeding but a real danger is tiredness and falling asleep at the wheel.
My fourth collection of limericks. I know they don't appeal to everyone but limericks are fun to write and hopefully you find at least one or two that raise a smile.
A short poem I wrote to honour Nellieanna Hay who offered me friendship, encouragement and the impetuous to continue writing on Hub Pages at a stage when I was considering throwing in the towel.
This free form poem is my interpretation of the wonderful Beatles' song "Across the Universe". A challenge was issued to write a free verse poem based on this song and this is my attempt.
Until the 2011 flooding in the area the Wooroolin Wetlands had not had a permanent supply of water since the mid 1970s. Flooding again in 2013 insured that these wetlands are once again a bird haven.
The latest in the Project Good Words series. This week the baton and the word "ENERGY" was passed on to me, so let's not just sit around but put that word to the test...here we go! Please join in.
Saving the Planet should not be put in the 'too hard basket'. There are a number of basic steps that we can all take that will make a difference and can help protect our environment and climate.
I was recently hired to write a poem as the rhyming text for a children's picture book. I thought I'd share this satisfying experience and hopefully encourage other poets to try exploring this avenue.
You can be a writer if you are blessed with any degree of literacy. It isn't what you write or how many readers you attract, but just that you put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and write words.
A tribute to one of Australia's all-time favourite music artists/actors Jon English who had a great influence on me growing up.
My short tribute to the great comedian and actor Robin Williams.
Most of us always try to be the very best we can in all aspects of life. When you believe that you have reached the summit of a certain activity and that you just can't do any better, what do you do?
We often form preconceived ideas about how certain individuals should behave or act, but nobody is perfect. Moral codes change with every generation "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
When you ask people (especially under 30s) about the most important events in rural Australia, the annual Bachelor and Spinsters Balls (or B&S Ball) would be right up at the top of the list.
This is NOT a 'How to Write' article. I am just presenting my personal experience of submitting poetry for publication in anthologies and entry into creative writing contests for prize money.
I wrote this poem to highlight the high number of missing persons and unsolved murders committed each year. Particular reference is made to the 'backpacker murders' in Australia in the 1990's.
A collection of limericks inspired by the world of sport and those who participate.
A story about the human condition. We shouldn't be too quick to judge a person by their appearance without knowing their personal story. Life is not always just black and white.
A new children's fantasy adventure featuring Panpip and Muppet and their family of Elfin who inhabit the world between the floors.
A collection of limericks based on characters and heroes in TV shows and movies.
'Freak Shows' were a popular form of entertainment between the 16th and 19th Centuries. Despite changing attitudes towards disabilities our 21st Century society is itself a 'Freak Show'.
A collection of limericks I have thrown together that maybe contain some life lessons (or maybe not).
A love poem with a difference that shows there is always a guardian angel watching over you.
This poem tells the life story of any oak tree as progress and development encroaches on its environment.
This is about a battle I was involved in recently. It was a far from pleasant experience, but sometimes you just have to be brave and face your fears.
Poetry reflecting on just one new day in a lifetime, and how it may unfold.
The concise history about the origin of the 'art of spinning' and the spinning wheel along with a tale in poetry form about an antique 'spinning wheel' and the salesman trying to sell it.
A short tale in poetic form of a small fishing boat's battle with the elements and a storm at sea.
A dark poem exploring how a mental disorder or physical disability can distort a person's view of situations others take for granted.
A simple guide to teaching yourself to draw, or at least improving your drawing ability by utilising/training the right (artistic) side of your brain.
This is my tribute to mothers everywhere, not just on 'Mother's Day' but all year round.
History is full of amazing coincidences and unexplained phenomena. Here are just a few occurrences that have been documented that defy rational explanation.
A poem describing a day at the annual travelling 'Show' (in other countries outside Australia this is usually called a fair or carnival).
A collection of poetry, quotes, thoughts and observations on the subject of friendship
This is my poetic interpretation of 'The Last Supper', told through the story of a prisoner on death-row. The guest of honour however in this version is Judas, though Jesus is invited.
Three short poems in different styles celebrating the beautiful season of Spring.
The good and bad bugs that may inhabit our garden and their effect on our plants and how to attract beneficial organisms and choose plants that will help your garden thrive.