Articles by: Michelle Smith

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: Putting Food By

September 15, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for still-timely gardening tips like these — first published on 19 September 2018.   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 shortRead...

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: Tidying Up

September 8, 2021 at 12:45 pm

Editor’s Note: We are reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for gardening tips as timely now as when they were first published. Today’s offering first appeared on 5 September 2018.   What to do this week This week can be all about tidying up in the garden, especially around your fruitRead 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: Berries and Pests

August 25, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archive for gardening tips that remain timely. This column first appeared on 22 August 2018.   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 doRead...

Red currants.(Photo by ojonsson from Göteborg, Sweden [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Gardening Tips: Berry Busy

July 28, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it first appeared on 7 August 2019.   What to do this week There are so many garden projects vying for my attention these days. The red currants and gooseberriesRead More

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Keeping Pace with the Produce

July 14, 2021 at 12:45 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it first appeared on 10 July 2019.   What to do this week The heavy work of planting should all be done by now. Until it’s time to plant coverRead More

Decorative watering can. (Photo by By Simon Q from United Kingdom (Decorative Watering CanUploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, cropped)

Gardening Tips: Managing Moisture

June 30, 2021 at 11:30 am

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written.   What to do this week Now that the cold, rainy weather seems done with (for the moment at least), it is time to talk aboutRead More

Iris. (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips: Weed, Mulch and Stop and Smell the Flowers

June 23, 2021 at 12:15 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written. This column was first published on 26 June 2019.   What to do this week By now, the bulk of the spring planting should be accomplished,Read More

Compost tea. (Madeline Yakimchuk photo)

Gardening Tips: Soil Fertility Rights (and Wrongs)

June 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written. (This column was last reprinted on 17 June 2020).   What to do this week This week, I would like to talk about adding fertility toRead More

Gardening Tips: Bean There

Gardening Tips: Bean There

June 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written. This column was first published on 12 June 2019.   What to do this week My plum and pear trees are blooming nowRead More

Seedlings. Image via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR6gDiTdZUI

Gardening Tips: Hardening Off

June 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written. This column was first published in June 2017.   What to do this week This week you should be hardening off your precious seedlings. Take yourRead More