Agriculture

Organic produce, farmer's market, University of BC (Photo by Dllu, own work, [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: The Great Organic Divide

March 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

It may surprise you, as it surprised me, to find out that farming is a political act. And like other forms of politics, it has opposing sides and competing interests as well as philosophical divisions. Quite a lot of drama, really, for people who chose the work because they reallyRead More

By AnRo0002 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 11

March 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm

What to do this week It is time to think about seeding lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, and other summer annuals, but we don’t plant before taking the first step of thinking about what varieties suit your taste — and your space. The first step is to take my Tomato Quiz:Read More

Chinese cabbage Forest & Kim Starr [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons  Cauliflower By Dinkum (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons  Broccoli  fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons  kohlrabi By 4028mdk09 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons  Brussels sprouts  By ThorPorre (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons  Mustard Greens By মৌচুমী (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons" width="800" height="800" /> Clockwise from upper left: Cauliflower (Dinkum, Own work, CC BY 1.0), Chinese cabbage (Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0), Mustard Greens (মৌচুমী, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0), Kohlrabi (4028mdk09, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0), Brussels Sprouts (ThorPorre, Own work, CC BY 3.0), Kale (Dirk Ingo Franke, Own work,

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 10

March 15, 2017 at 10:50 am

What to do this week This week we are going to start our cold weather greens, things that you can start in the house and get into the ground even before the snow is gone. You will be able to transplant them into the garden as soon as you canRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 9

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 9

March 8, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week I really think people shouldn’t have lawns. Lawns are for grazing sheep. So that is my rule of thumb: your lawn should be either big enough to graze sheep, or small enough to cut with a push mower. Everything else can be put to foodRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 8

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 8

March 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm

What to do this week March is the month for winter care of trees and shrubs. They are dormant now, and will not suffer from the results of working on them. Trees and shrubs can be pruned for restoration or improved fruit production. You don’t want to do this inRead 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 for Seedy Characters: Week 7

February 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm

What to do this week This week I want to talk about stratifying and scarifying. These are two tricks for germinating hard to start seeds such as the seeds of many perennial flowers. I mostly concentrate on food gardening but perennial flowers can be so nice, and lots of themRead More

Flowers made from plastic bottles via http://www.auntpeaches.com/2010/07/friday-flowers-garbage-flowers.html

Garbage versus Flowers?

February 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm

CBRM Council last week approved a budget that nixed the 2017/18 heavy garbage pickup while re-upping the CBRM Blossoming Program. The reason given for canceling heavy garbage — i.e. Cape Breton Christmas — was that the CBRM already provided such a service following the Thanksgiving floods, never mind that the post-flood collection onlyRead More

Bean There: Comparing Apples to Apples

Bean There: Comparing Apples to Apples

February 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

I have something to confess. For someone in my position it is, well, more than a little embarrassing. An affront, if you will, to my public persona. I have spent money I could ill afford pursuing this, this interest, to the chagrin of my long-suffering children. To this strange compulsionRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 6

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 6

February 15, 2017 at 11:20 am

Caring for seedlings: I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that it is very important for recently planted seeds to be warm until they germinate. Once germinated, they are a little more forgiving, and can be moved to a cooler windowsill so you can use your warmest spot for theRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 15, 2017 at 11:15 am

Aussie Hemp Local businessman Parker Rudderham announced last week that his hemp oil company, Highland Hemp, had signed a $14 million deal to supply an unspecified amount of hemp oil to an unnamed Brazilian pharmaceutical company. When reading local business stories, I like to ask myself, “What would the Wall StreetRead More