Apples

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 2, 2022 at 12:11 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published and this week, we’re revisiting one of her lovely long-form essays, last published in November 2020.   The cat and I huddled under the blankets in the dark as the windRead More

Bean There: Comparing Apples to Apples

Bean There: Comparing Apples to Apples

October 26, 2022 at 1:15 pm

Editor’s Note: I’ve been enjoying my favorite apples — Gravensteins — this season and they reminded me of this great Michelle Smith column about apples which first appeared on 15 February 2017.   I have something to confess. For someone in my position it is, well, more than a littleRead 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 14, 2022 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 last appeared on 16 September 2020.   What to do this week This time of year there is a lot going on for gardeners.Read More

Gardening Tips: Pruning Time

Gardening Tips: Pruning Time

March 2, 2022 at 10:45 am

Editor’s Note: I saw the seeds on display in the hardware store recently and realized it was time to re-start the gardening column. This one was first published on 1 March 2017.   What to do this week March is the month for winter care of trees and shrubs. TheyRead More

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Gardening Tips: Protecting Trees and Shrubs

October 13, 2021 at 11:45 am

Editor’s note: We are reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for tips that remain as timely now as when they were first published — which, in the case of today’s item, was 17 October 2017.   What to do this week This week is a good time to care for yourRead More

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

Gardening Tips: Tool Time

September 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published, like this one, which we last shared on 7 October 2020.   What to do this week You might need a garden shovel or something similar in the next month orRead More

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

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

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

Source: Oregon Rediviva http://oregonrediviva.blogspot.com/2011/10/evaporated-vegetables.html

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