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Cucumbers. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 19: Squash, Anyone?

May 20, 2020 at 12:00 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 is the perfect time to plant squash seeds, and hopefully you will consider starting themRead More

Rhubarb stalks (Photo by By Jeremy Keith from Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom (Rhubarb  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Rhubarb

May 6, 2020 at 11:30 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 Our original idea for this column was to write about what I am actually doing in theRead 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

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Soil with a Twist of Lime

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Soil with a Twist of Lime

April 22, 2020 at 9:10 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 is a great time of year to talk about soil structure. Whatever you have in your backyard, ifRead...

Dandelions (By Xchen11 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Weeds

April 15, 2020 at 11:00 am

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some tips about weeds which apply as much today as when they were written in April 2017.   What to do this week Let’s talk a bit about garden weeds. The particular weeds you struggle with inRead 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

Frozen Kale. Photo by Ruth Hartnup, Vancouver. CC BY 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80971596

Gardeners, Take Note(s)!

November 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm

What to do this week It’s time to hang up my gardening hat for the season. Oh, there are a few outstanding tasks, like tending the winter kale and putting away this year’s seed crop in tightly lidded mason jars. But like the garden, it is time for this columnRead More

Black mustard seed. Photo by Sanjay Acharya, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66997861

Winter Greens

November 13, 2019 at 12:50 pm

What to do this week The garden is just about done for the year, but already I want to keep the taste of something fresh in my kitchen. Fortunately this year it is not too late to bring some of the garden indoors, or to extend the picking season. LastRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 25, 2019 at 8:30 am

Bad bidness Remember the business owner who accused me of breaking into their office and stealing their credit card? The one I chose not to name? Well, the story has taken an even stranger twist: I have now been accused of fabricating the whole thing to make business owners inRead More

En høstarbejder (farmer taking a break) by Danish painter Peter Hansen (1868-1928), oil on canvas (cropped). Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Gardener Downs Tools (for the Week)

October 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm

What to do this week Michelle Smith is away this week. She’ll be back at her regularly scheduled time next issue, but in the meantime, feel free to peruse her now quite substantial archive of past columns for some season-appropriate gardening advice. This time last year, for instance, she wasRead...