Especially in terms of gardening Q&A, a picture is worth a thousand words. Naturally, questions tagged identification will provide at least one image. But others don’t.
How can we encourage askers and responders to include pictures in their posts?
Most questions—and the likelihood of them being answered—would definitely benefit from photographic information provided through pictures.
Be it the view of the garden, as clarification of a description or to show how a plant is situated: a photo is easily provided and included in the post.
In a question of mine, I even used some public domain photograph of the plant in question (for people who know the plant but not its name).
It’s also pleasing the eye and improves quality for future readers.
Don’t get me wrong: there’s quite a number of illustrated questions. But sometimes people probably don’t think of this option and its benefits. For starters (i.e. without much effect), we could add a hint in the “How to Ask/Format” boxes on the “Ask Question” page.
Lest I forget, here’s an image of a mockup, linking to markdown help on images:
There’s plenty of other means, like actively hinting the user when a post doesn’t include an image-link or introducing badges for illustrating posts.