Articles by: Michelle Smith

Common Eastern Bumble Bee By Ryan Hodnett - CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77407413

Gardening Tips: Birds and Bees (and Berries)

April 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week If you are thinking about reducing the area of lawn you have to mow, or any other sort of larger landscaping project, you might want to do your bit to encourage biodiversity and incorporate native plants in your design. I am doing this myself thisRead...

A compost bin in the garden of Feeringbury ManorBy Acabashi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Compost, Compost, Compost

April 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week It may seem sometimes like the gardener’s answer to everything is compost. Got sandy, light soil? Add compost to help absorb water and slow the leaching of nutrients. Your soil is heavy, wet, clay? Compost will help the fine, sticky particles clump together and improveRead More

Gary Stevens [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Gardening Tips: Tomato-Mania

April 3, 2019 at 11:45 am

What to do this week It’s about time to start tomato seedlings inside to have them ready for transplanting at the beginning of June. Each year I agonize over the wide variety of colors, textures and sizes available. I grow more than 50 different varieties for seed on a rotatingRead More

A ladybug, (Coccinella sp., probably C. septempunctata) with aphids on a weed. Photo by Greyson Orlando CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35279712

Gardening Tips: Put Down the Pesticide!

March 27, 2019 at 12:20 pm

What to do this week There may not be any garden insect pests in view just yet but they are still there. They’re slumbering in the soil or the half-rotten dropped fruit you didn’t get a chance to rake up last fall — all waiting for that first warm dayRead More

Blueberry bush. (Source: UConn Blueberry bush pre-pruning. (Source: UConn http://ipm.uconn.edu/documents/raw2/html/500.php?aid=500))

Gardening Tips: Isn’t Spring the Berries?

March 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

What to do this week The snow is melting slowly but surely during these sunny days. Many of my small fruit bushes and beds are almost completely uncovered. Small fruit is a term for any fruit not growing on a tree – strawberries, raspberries and the like. Now is theRead More

Glen Innes Soldiers' Settlement Estate - receiving instructions in pruning, 1921.(

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Gardening Tips: Pruning Time

March 13, 2019 at 11:50 am

What to do this week With the prolonged cold weather, there was some serious pouting going on in my house. I wasn’t sure there even should be a column this week and maybe I’m still not certain. But if, like me, you are greatly cheered by a few days ofRead More

Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Gardening Tips: Early, Leafy Greens

March 6, 2019 at 12:45 pm

What to do this week Right about now is when I finally get tired of frozen and winter root vegetables and start to crave a bite of some tender, fresh greens. Even diligent sprouting of lentils and cress do not assuage the appetite for leafy greens, though they are wellRead...

Whitefly. (Photo by gbohne from Berlin, Germany, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

Gardening Tips: Indoor Infestations

February 27, 2019 at 12:45 pm

What to do this week These days, I mark time, waiting for my leeks and onions to sprout and it’s time to start my early spring greens next month. It is a good time to pay attention to the indoor garden and other small tasks. Houseplants, particularly those that spendRead More

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Gardening Tips: Perennials

February 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

What to do this week Most of the vegetables we grow from seed in our gardens are annuals. These seeds are programmed to grow quickly and set seed themselves in a single season. Generally speaking, this means they are easy to germinate, since their reproductive strategy is to hit theRead More

Soil blockers. (Photo by Michelle Smith)

Gardening Tips: Making Mudpies

February 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm

What to do this week Back in the day, when I got ready to start my transplants, it meant rummaging through my collection of old flower pots, cell packs and cut-down milk cartons. Like all good gardeners I tried to recycle and my Scotch soul hated to buy new plasticRead More