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Berge family farm. Corey Coyle [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: Love and Business

November 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

I was busily sewing a new dress for my first date in 12 years. (Yeah, I know, so sophisticated, a homemade dress.) Anyway, I was struck suddenly by a thought: what if this guy was Mr. Right? What if he wanted to move in with me? I stopped sewing. Huh.Read...

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 46

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 46

November 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

What to do this week What a wonderful fall we have had, but winter is near, and this winter it might be even more important that you take the time now to mulch your trees, bushes and bulbs. We will very likely be getting heaving with the freezing and thawingRead...

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

November 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

The Calculus of Cold As part of my Northern Immersion experience, my daughter and I keep Nunavut CBC on all the time. This means that more than 50% of the programming is in Inuktitut, a language said to be the second most difficult in the world to learn, next toRead More

Photo by Bogdan. [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Counting Down to Cannabis Legalization in Victoria County

November 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Editor’s Note: In a shining example of cooperation between independent news sources, the Spectator is pleased to present a story from this week’s Victoria Standard. If you like what you read, consider subscribing — you can even get a paper version.   With federal legalization of recreational cannabis less thanRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 44

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 44

November 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

What to do this week This column is usually about the things I am currently getting up to in my garden. This week I happen to be on my way to Iqaluit via Ottawa for a visit with my daughter. The garden, however, was still present. “Open up your bag,Read More

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 43

November 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week I have been potting-up things this week to bring indoors. There are lots of things you can bring in, but one of them is not basil, so I didn’t bring in any. Here is why: The only way I have ever successfully overwintered basil inRead More

Cuttings. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 42

October 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week Now that the leaves are being blown off by the fall winds that have finally arrived, it is a good time for hardwood propagation of some of your perennial bushes. Gooseberries and currants are what I am working on this week, but you can doRead More

The author. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Bean There (And Back Again)

October 18, 2017 at 11:50 am

Sorry for the radio silence here. I have been ill — in the hospital actually. Nothing serious or life-threatening, my nice Doctor says stress and overwork. Working 16-hour days, seven days a week for four months straight was not a good idea. Turns out I am not superwoman. Crap. IRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 41

October 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

What to do this week This week is a good time to care for your fruit trees and shrubs before winter. The first thing to do is to clip the grass short around them. If you leave the grass long, the snow cover will leave little tunnels for mice. TheyRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 40

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 40

October 11, 2017 at 11:47 am

What to do this week Gardening is a year-round pleasure, or obsession, depending on how hard you have fallen. There is always something to do, whether it be preparing for winter, preparing for spring, preparing for summer…you get the picture. This time of year, most gardeners are busy between theRead More