Articles by: Michelle Smith

George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon in winter. (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 40: Putting the Garden to Bed

October 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm

What to do this week This week, I want to do a checklist for putting your garden to bed for the winter. Some of the items on my list have been covered recently in more detail, so I will refer to those columns as I go along. First of all,Read More

Clockwise from upper left: Basil (Photo by Cchatfield [CC BY-SA 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]; Thyme (Photo by Jeffery Martin [CC0; Parsley (Photo by PARDC - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18344246); Chives (Photo bygrassrootsgroundswell (chives) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]); Winter Savory (Photo by David J. Stang [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)],); All via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Week 39: Herbs in Winter

October 17, 2018 at 1:45 pm

What to do this week This is a great week to pot up a few of your herbs, if you have room in the house, or to preserve some of them for great winter soups and stews. Your basil may still be fine in the greenhouse, and parsley doesn’t evenRead More

Garden tools rack. (Photo by Dereckson, CC BY 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 38: Tool Time

October 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm

What to do this week You might need a garden shovel or something similar in the next month or so, who knows, but generally, this is the time of year you should be cleaning, organizing and storing your garden tools for winter. It is a good idea to put yourRead More

Garlic. (Photo by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au, GFDL 1.2 http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 37: Garlic Time

October 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week It is garlic-planting time again. In this part of the world, it is a good idea to plant your garlic before the end of October. It needs a bit of time for the roots to get established before the freeze-thaw cycles. One never knows howRead More

Gardening Tips Week 36: Rotate & Separate

Gardening Tips Week 36: Rotate & Separate

September 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm

What to do this week From the chill in the air it seems that this week is a good week to talk about fall activities in the garden. Between now and the end of October is official root pruning season. If you have any plants you want to divide orRead...

Old root cellar at Törnävä outdoor museum, Seinäjoki, Finland, March 2013. (Photo by Kotivalo CC BY-SA 3.0  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 35: Putting Food By

September 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week This week I want to talk about the best ways to store your veggies once you pick them, both long term and short term. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, for example, should not go in the fridge. They should be stored at room temperature. These vegetablesRead...

Gardening Tips Week 34: Saving Seeds 2.0

Gardening Tips Week 34: Saving Seeds 2.0

September 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm

What to do this week This week, I’d like to give you a few tips on how to get started with seed saving. If you followed my advice in the spring and planted things the proper isolation distance, with the requisite minimum number of plants, and all the other detailsRead More

Blackberries. (Photo by Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA, CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Week 33: Tidying Up

September 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

What to do this week This week can be all about tidying up in the garden, especially around your fruit trees and berry bushes. Of course you will be busy with harvest, that goes without saying, but these perennials also need some attention now. Let’s talk about apples first. YouRead More

Web or tent of Eastern tent caterpillar. Photo by Greg Hume (Greg5030), CC BY 2.5,  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)

Gardening Tips Weeks 31 & 32: Berries and Pests

August 22, 2018 at 9:00 am

What to do this week It is all about harvesting this time of year, and how to keep up — just don’t sleep, and you will do fine. But seriously (or continuing to be serious), it is likely time to be pulling up your garlic. It may even be aRead...

Der Sommer by Abel Grimmer, 1607. (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Weeks 29 & 30: Harvest Soon

August 8, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week Harvesting is really the point of it all. This week, I’d like to give you a few tips and tricks to make the harvest even more abundant. To get maximum production from some crops, you have to pick them. The plant senses it is notRead More