Farming

Gardening Tips: Bean There

Gardening Tips: Bean There

June 12, 2019 at 11:15 am

What to do this week My plum and pear trees are blooming now and I am getting impatient to plant out the tomatoes. It is still too early yet, though, so I am sublimating the urge by getting a jump on planting the beans and potatoes. We are still likelyRead...

Zucchini flower, photo: By net_efekt CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36613855

Gardening Tips: Zuke, Alors!

June 5, 2019 at 11:02 am

What to do this week The weather is still far from warm and settled and like the rest of Nova Scotia I am waiting on the apple blossoms to start planting my warm weather crops like beans, potatoes and tomatoes. Ideally, the blossoms will give us our marching orders whenRead More

A quarter-inch-long parasitic wasp, Peristenus digoneutis, prepares to lay an egg in a tarnished plant bug nymph. (Photo by Scott Bauer, US Dept of Agriculture, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Friends & Foes

May 29, 2019 at 10:49 am

What to do this week Having got the early spring planting well underway, it is time for me to turn my attention to orchard chores. The trees are budding out and many are already at the green tip stage. It only takes a few days of warm weather for thingsRead More

Kholrabi photo: H. Zell - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9378593

Gardening Tips: Lettuce Rejoice!

May 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

What to do this week I finally got my tractor going after having it sit all winter and as soon as the soil dries a bit after the recent rains, I will get going on the mid-spring planting. I generally wait until the lilacs are putting out their first leavesRead More

Gardening: Foiling the Frost

Gardening: Foiling the Frost

May 15, 2019 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week The unseasonably cold weather lately doesn’t encourage planting, but soon the days will warm enough that gardeners will engage in their annual game of frost roulette. We all want to get a jump on the season but as we found last June, it can beRead More

Apple Tree (Malus domestica) By Opioła Jerzy (Poland) - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=772504

Gardening Tips: Shrubs and Trees

May 8, 2019 at 11:30 am

What to do this week Although last week I cautioned against working the soil too soon, one task that should be accomplished just as soon as the soil is dry enough is the planting of young trees and shrubs. I have been busy with that myself the last few days.Read More

Coltsfoot, Guelph, Ontario By Ryan Hodnett - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58942047

Gardening Tips: May Day Mud

May 1, 2019 at 12:17 pm

What to do this week It is tempting on a bright sunny day to get out to the garden and start to dig. A psychiatrist friend once told me that soil contains natural anti-depressants, which made a lot of sense to me. How many six year-olds playing in the mudRead More

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Gardening Tips: Advice from Springtimes Past

April 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

What to do this week Michelle Smith is away this week, but don’t worry, she’s got your back as far as early-May gardening is concerned. Back on 3 May 2017, she was urging you to get off your couch and plant some trees: The old saying about it being betterRead More

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