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Garden tools rack. (Photo by Dereckson, CC BY 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Tool Time

October 7, 2020 at 11:45 am

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published.   What to do this week You might need a garden shovel or something similar in the next month or so, who knows, but generally, this is the time of yearRead More

Gardening Tips: Rotate & Separate

Gardening Tips: Rotate & Separate

September 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published.   What to do this week From the chill in the air it seems that this week is a good week to talk about fall activities in the garden. Between nowRead More

Vegetables in a root cellar. (Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Storing the Harvest

September 16, 2020 at 11:13 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 This time of year there is a lot going on for gardeners. You may be very busy figuring out howRead More

Semi-dwarf apple trees. (Photo via iowaorchard https://iowaorchard.wordpress.com/)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Planting Trees

April 29, 2020 at 1:30 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, although you might have to wait for the snow to melt to follow these tips from May 2017.   What to do this week Okay,Read More

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Trade Promotion: 1890s Style

November 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is on yet another pilgrimage to China as I write, “engaging” with the Chinese rather than isolating them because, according to what he told reporters just prior to his departure, that’s how you show non-democracies “what democracies have to offer.” At first I thought heRead More

Flooded farmland after Tropical Storm Lee, Campbell Hall, NY (Photo by Daniel Case [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bean There: Weathering Climate Change

November 6, 2019 at 2:19 pm

The cat and I huddled under the blankets in the dark as the wind outside made the whole house shudder. The power had been out for eight hours and would stay out for several days or longer for over 80% of the province, according to my battery-operated radio. “It’s okay,”Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 20, 2019 at 9:30 am

Picnic for the Planet News that 250+ media organizations have pledged to do a week of climate change coverage in the lead-in to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23 has made me vow to pull up my socks and make a point of includingRead More

McIntosh apple. (Photo by User:MarkusHagenlocher CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips from Septembers Past

September 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm

What to do this week The Spectator‘s gardening columnist will be back to her regular schedule next week. (Full disclosure: the Spectator forgot to tell her we were resuming the weekly publication schedule as of September 11. Sorry Michelle!) Luckily, she has written oodles of advice for September gardeners, andRead More

Royal Gala apples. (Photo by David Adam Kess, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Sage Advice for Late Summer

August 21, 2019 at 1:25 pm

What to do this week Michelle Smith is busy weeding, so here are some of her mid- to late-summer tips from seasons past: On 23 August  2017 she had some advice on storing all that produce you’re harvesting at this point in summer, notably the root vegetables: If you plantedRead 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