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Onion seedlings (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 11: Much To Do

March 21, 2018 at 11:17 am

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 brought in from the garden last year. They will probably be showingRead More

Globe artichoke. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 10: Time to Prune

March 14, 2018 at 9:32 am

What to do this week This week, we have a success report from Madeline about her globe artichoke overwintering experiment, and some encouragement to think about the early spring pruning of your trees and bushes. Let’s start with pruning. The little bit of snow we are getting this week mayRead More

Developer Gets Zone Amendment for Big Pond RV Park

Developer Gets Zone Amendment for Big Pond RV Park

March 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Cape Breton Regional Municipal Council voted on Wednesday morning to approve a zoning by-law amendment to allow developer Chris Skidmore to establish a 211-site RV Park in Big Pond Centre. The vote was 7-6 with Councilors Clarence Prince, Earlene MacMullin, Steve Gillespie, George MacDonald, Darren Bruckschwaiger, Jim MacLeod and Mayor CecilRead More

Soil blocks. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 9: Playing in the Mud

March 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm

What to do this week I’m back after a short break. Thank you all for your patience. I hope your onion seedlings are started! If they are not, you can do them in soil blocks. If you have them already going, there will be other seeds to plant in theRead More

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

Gardening Tips Week 8: Scarifying & Stratifying

February 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Author’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 do thisRead More

Tomato seedlings. (Photo by Priit Tammets, CC by 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 7: Caring for Seedlings

February 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Author’s Note: This week, we are re-running the second 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. She did wantRead More

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

Gardening Tips Week 6: Windowsill Planning

February 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: Our gardener is away this week, so we are reprinting her advice from roughly this time last year, which, she assures, us remains applicable. What to do this week: So now that the seeds are ordered, let’s plan those windowsills. Onions get the first rotation on the bestRead More

Gardening Tips Week 5: From Here to Maturity

Gardening Tips Week 5: From Here to Maturity

February 7, 2018 at 11:45 am

This time last year… What to do this week: This week I want to talk a bit more about days to maturity because it is a big factor in what you choose to grow in your garden. If you look at any single seed catalog, be aware that the daysRead More

Snow peas. (Photo by Vegan Feast Catering (Snow Pea) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 4: Peas, Please

January 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm

This time last year… What to do this week: Gardeners are always happy to have a steady supply of vegetables throughout the growing season. One way to achieve this is to plant things in succession. You may plant a row of carrots, and then two weeks later you plant anotherRead More

Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his field. Year unknown. (Dorothea Lange, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Lange, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bean There: Footsteps of the Farmer

January 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm

There is a country proverb that the best fertilizer is the footsteps of the farmer. Anyone who follows me through an average day could be forgiven for taking this literally, as I trot out to the barn a dozen times before noon to check on baby chicks or hop onRead...