Crops

Garlic. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Harvesting Garlic

August 5, 2020 at 2:45 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.   What to do this week Let the serious harvest begin! (Depending, of course, on what you have planted.) Many of us plant garlic, and mineRead More

Tomato plant. Photo by Edukeralam (Navaneeth Krishnan S), CC BY-SA 3.0  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Step Away from the Tomatoes!

July 22, 2020 at 11:15 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 week is a good time to talk about pruning tomatoes and hilling potatoes. Perhaps the most talked about controversyRead More

Decorative watering can. (Photo by By Simon Q from United Kingdom (Decorative Watering CanUploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, cropped)

Gardening Tips: Managing Moisture

July 8, 2020 at 11:45 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 Now that the cold, rainy weather seems done with (for the moment at least), it is time to talk aboutRead More

Top: Tomato seedlings by Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA (Tomato seedlingsUploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons) Bottom: Potato plants by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: You Say ‘Tomato,’ I Say ‘Get Planting!’

June 24, 2020 at 1:00 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.   What to do this week Summer is here and we begin the frantic time of planting all the warm-weather crops as quickly as possible beforeRead More

Compost tea. (Madeline Yakimchuk photo)

Gardening Tips: Soil Fertility Rights (and Wrongs)

June 17, 2020 at 1:00 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.   What to do this week This week, I would like to talk about adding fertility to the plants in your garden. Obviously the best wayRead More

Impossible Whopper. (Photo by Sarah Stierch, CC BY 4.0 Missvain / CC BY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)

Can You Have Your Meat and Eat It Too?

June 10, 2020 at 1:04 pm

When I was young, there was a saying that was often used to describe someone who wanted to do two incompatible things simultaneously: “She wants to have her cake and eat it too!” The moral of the saying was that we often have to make difficult choices: we can’t preserveRead More

Flowering buckwheat cover crop. (Source: The Campus Community Garden http://web.uvic.ca/~ccgarden/buckwheat-covercrop/, University of Victoria)

Gardening Tips: Cover Crops

June 10, 2020 at 1:00 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.   What to do this week This is the time of year when you might be starting a new garden bed — maybe your first, maybeRead More

Seedlings. Image via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR6gDiTdZUI

Gardening Tips: Hardening Off

June 3, 2020 at 12:30 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.   What to do this week This week you should be hardening off your precious seedlings. Take your plants from their sheltered environment, whether it isRead 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 27, 2020 at 1:00 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.   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.Read More

Council: Voting and Zoning and Dream Fields

Council: Voting and Zoning and Dream Fields

May 20, 2020 at 12:06 pm

The May 12 virtual CBRM council meeting lasted a fraction of a minute over 3 hours. Although all current councilors and a number of CBRM staffers were in attendance, the video (which you can watch on YouTube) consists almost entirely of footage of Mayor Cecil Clarke, sitting in his office,Read...