Farming

A Short History of Blame:  Reckless, Imprudent Miners

A Short History of Blame: Reckless, Imprudent Miners

August 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of essays by Susan Dodd on Nova Scotia’s history of blaming coal mining accidents on the miners themselves — a history that finally changed in the wake of the Westray disaster. You can read the first, third and fourth essays by clicking theRead More

Beets. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 33

August 23, 2017 at 11:45 am

What to do this week This week, we are still on harvesting, and mid-season busy-ness. I am now digging up my early variety potatoes — the time is right when the plants are starting to yellow and die back. So you can finally stop picking potato bugs and start pickingRead More

CFIA: No Safe Route from Sydney to IW Disposal Site

CFIA: No Safe Route from Sydney to IW Disposal Site

August 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

I wrote last week that dealing with international waste (IW) at the Sydney Marine Terminal will involve more than simply getting in a stash of orange garbage bags. You can read the details here, but the gist is that international waste coming off vessels must be segregated from domestic wasteRead More

Raspberry canes. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 32

August 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week If there is one thing that is true about gardeners, it is that we are always thinking ahead. You might think we would all be busy enjoying what we have grown, or perhaps be scattered in multiple directions picking and processing everything that is comingRead More

Compost tea. (Madeline Yakimchuk photo)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 31

August 9, 2017 at 11:55 am

What to do this week Gardens may have to be watered mid-summer, and maybe even fed, but not quite as much as you might expect. We have been having a rather dry spell, so the current rain is very welcome on my farm. I have drip irrigation in certain delicateRead More

Garlic. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 30

August 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week Let the serious harvest begin! (Depending, of course, on what you have planted.) Many of us plant garlic, and mine is about ready. You can tell for sure when the stalk is two-thirds yellow. You might want to do a test harvest, if you haveRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 29

July 26, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week I don’t know about you, but this time of year I think a lot about garden pests. I do like to put science in this column once in a while, so maybe it is time for a little biology lesson. This is prime breeding seasonRead More

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Bean There: Not a Vegetarian

July 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

This year my farm has seen a succession of middle to top predators with catastrophic consequences for the chicken population and, by extension, my livelihood. A raucous crowd of ravens was first, flying boldly into the barn and coming out with whole eggs in their beaks. I was sure they wereRead More

Corn (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 28

July 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week Let’s talk a little about summer pruning. Most things get pruned in the spring or the fall, but then again, there is the tomato. You can’t get serious about tomatoes without getting involved with the tomato pruning controversy. People always ask me where I standRead More

Zucchini flower. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 27

July 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week It’s time to pick those garlic scapes, so let’s talk about that, and other timely harvesting tips this week. Garlic puts up a flower stalk, something that is very expensive for a plant. If you pick that stalk before it develops, the plant will putRead More