Horticulture

Gardening Tips: Soil with a Twist of Lime

Gardening Tips: Soil with a Twist of Lime

April 19, 2023 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. This column last appeared on 22 April 2020.   What to do this week This is a great time of year to talk about soilRead...

Onion seedlings (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Much To Do

March 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 21 March 2018.   What to do this week This week is a good time to talk about a couple of things you might want to get to around the garden soon. One of those things is any plants you might have broughtRead More

Onion seedlings planted in toilet paper rolls. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.)

Gardening Tips: Windowsill Planning

February 15, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 14 February 2018.   What to do this week: So now that the seeds are ordered, let’s plan those windowsills. Onions get the first rotation on the best windowsill. Best means warmth and light. You can plant onions by mid-February. You can alsoRead More

Gardening Tips: Dishing the Dirt

Gardening Tips: Dishing the Dirt

February 8, 2023 at 10:45 am

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 1 February 2017.   What to do this week: When you think about what seeds need to germinate, the main thing is soil, obviously. You want your soil to hold water, but not too much. Roots need air too, just like us. SoRead More

Early rhubarb (Source: My Minnesota Garden https://www.mymngarden.com/how-to-divide-rhubarb/)

Gardening Tips: Divide and Compost

May 4, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 2 May 2018.   What to do this week This week is a good time to divide rhubarb, as well as a few other perennial plants, but rhubarb especially. If at all possible, you want to do it when you just see theRead More

London Plane Tree, Sydney, NS (Photo by Paul MacDougall)

Hiding in Plane Sight

March 2, 2022 at 10:47 am

A few days after James is released from hospital following a terrible motor vehicle accident in JG Ballard’s novel Crash, he ventures out of his apartment for the first time. Beyond the forecourt of his building he reflects that, “the tree-lined avenue which led to the neighborhood shopping center wasRead More

Wheat seeds germinating. (Photo by Oksana Lastochkina, own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons(

Gardening Tips: Stratifying & Scarifying

February 23, 2022 at 12:17 pm

Editor’s Note: I noticed the seeds on display at the hardware store this past weekend and realized it was time to bring back the gardener, so here’s a column that first appeared on 22 February 2017.   What to do this week This week I want to talk about stratifyingRead More

By U.S. Department of Agriculture (Seedling) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Scarifying & Stratifying

February 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Editor’s Note: This week, we are re-running the third in a series of three columns from 2017. They are perfect for this time of year, and will help you get ready for spring while Michelle deals with a few things that have her tied up right now.    What to doRead More

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Gardening Tips: Perennials

February 17, 2021 at 1:47 pm

Editor’s Note: I spoke with Michelle Smith this week, and she says it’s time to start gardening again, so the Spectator will resume publication of timely advice from her archive.   What to do this week Most of the vegetables we grow from seed in our gardens are annuals. TheseRead More

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.

Gardening Tips: Cover Crops

September 2, 2020 at 4:15 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 The main thing I am doing now, besides harvesting, is dealing with cover crops. I’m crimping or otherwise destroying theRead More