Agriculture

Tomato seedlings. (Photo by Priit Tammets, CC by 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 7: Caring for Seedlings

February 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Author’s Note: This week, we are re-running the second in a series of three columns from 2017. They are perfect for this time of year, and will help you get ready for spring while Michelle deals with a few things that have her tied up right now. She did wantRead...

Onion seedlings planted in toilet paper rolls. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.)

Gardening Tips Week 6: Windowsill Planning

February 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: Our gardener is away this week, so we are reprinting her advice from roughly this time last year, which, she assures, us remains applicable. What to do this week: So now that the seeds are ordered, let’s plan those windowsills. Onions get the first rotation on the bestRead More

Gardening Tips Week 5: From Here to Maturity

Gardening Tips Week 5: From Here to Maturity

February 7, 2018 at 11:45 am

This time last year… What to do this week: This week I want to talk a bit more about days to maturity because it is a big factor in what you choose to grow in your garden. If you look at any single seed catalog, be aware that the daysRead More

Snow peas. (Photo by Vegan Feast Catering (Snow Pea) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 4: Peas, Please

January 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm

This time last year… What to do this week: Gardeners are always happy to have a steady supply of vegetables throughout the growing season. One way to achieve this is to plant things in succession. You may plant a row of carrots, and then two weeks later you plant anotherRead More

Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his field. Year unknown. (Dorothea Lange, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Lange, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bean There: Footsteps of the Farmer

January 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm

There is a country proverb that the best fertilizer is the footsteps of the farmer. Anyone who follows me through an average day could be forgiven for taking this literally, as I trot out to the barn a dozen times before noon to check on baby chicks or hop onRead...

By J.M. Perkins (Firm); Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Week 3: All About Onions

January 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm

This time last year… What to do this week: It’s almost time to plant onions. Yes, already. This is seed catalog season, as you may have noticed by the previous few columns, but I must admit it is not actually necessary to place your order quite this soon, unless youRead More

Gardening Tips Week 2: Fun with Seed Catalogs

Gardening Tips Week 2: Fun with Seed Catalogs

January 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm

This time last year… What to do this week: It is still winter, and we are still holed up with our seed catalogs. In case you haven’t noticed, some catalogs are better than others. Some are pretty, and inspirational for that reason. Others are full of information you will needRead More

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

January 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Editor’s Note: Today, Michelle and Madeline mark the beginning of year two of their gardening column. The plan is to build on the advice given last year so, where applicable, the new columns will begin with links to the previous year’s, to allow you to refresh your memory. If you’veRead...

A.H. Hoffman Seeds, Inc.; Boatman's Tennessee Nursery. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium (https://plantbio.cals.cornell.edu/hortorium). Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 52

January 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week: Now that winter is here it is time to start gathering seed catalogs, and planning the coming year’s garden. This week I am thinking about trees, bushes and berries. It is always a catch 22 because the prices are really good now, but it mayRead More

Michelle Smith at Mabou Farmers' Market (Photo via Mabou Farmers' Market website) http://www.maboufarmersmarket.ca/

Bean There: Fairness & Generosity

December 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

“I‘ve been telling you for years your prices are too low!” My daughter was cross. I love her dearly but there are times when I wish she weren’t quite so adept at scolding me. Don’t know where she learned that skill. She wasn’t wrong. One of the downsides of beingRead More