Agriculture

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...

By J.M. Perkins (Firm); Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Week 3: All About Onions

January 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm

This time last year… What to do this week: It’s almost time to plant onions. Yes, already. This is seed catalog season, as you may have noticed by the previous few columns, but I must admit it is not actually necessary to place your order quite this soon, unless youRead More

Gardening Tips Week 2: Fun with Seed Catalogs

Gardening Tips Week 2: Fun with Seed Catalogs

January 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm

This time last year… What to do this week: It is still winter, and we are still holed up with our seed catalogs. In case you haven’t noticed, some catalogs are better than others. Some are pretty, and inspirational for that reason. Others are full of information you will needRead More

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

Gardening Tips Week 1: Planning Your Plot

January 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Editor’s Note: Today, Michelle and Madeline mark the beginning of year two of their gardening column. The plan is to build on the advice given last year so, where applicable, the new columns will begin with links to the previous year’s, to allow you to refresh your memory. If you’veRead...

A.H. Hoffman Seeds, Inc.; Boatman's Tennessee Nursery. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium (https://plantbio.cals.cornell.edu/hortorium). Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 52

January 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week: Now that winter is here it is time to start gathering seed catalogs, and planning the coming year’s garden. This week I am thinking about trees, bushes and berries. It is always a catch 22 because the prices are really good now, but it mayRead More

Michelle Smith at Mabou Farmers' Market (Photo via Mabou Farmers' Market website) http://www.maboufarmersmarket.ca/

Bean There: Fairness & Generosity

December 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

“I‘ve been telling you for years your prices are too low!” My daughter was cross. I love her dearly but there are times when I wish she weren’t quite so adept at scolding me. Don’t know where she learned that skill. She wasn’t wrong. One of the downsides of beingRead More

Display of garden tools at Bedford Museum's "Clocking In" exhibition at Bedford Gallery. (Photo by Simon Speed, own work, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 50

December 20, 2017 at 11:45 am

What to do this week This week, I would like to talk about taking care of your garden tools. This is a good week to do it. The best time to get your tools cleaned and in good working order for the next season, before you store them away, isRead More

Cannabis (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 49

December 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, I have been thinking about four-season gardening and those greens you have in the yard that might be still alive. Kale will be fine, so long as you can find it under the snow, but you may even have some chard that hasn’tRead More

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

The Ethicist: Would You Eat Your Cat?

December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I recently explored an intriguing thought experiment with my students. As we saw several columns ago, thought experiments are employed by philosophers because they offer us a way of making difficult philosophical concepts both accessible and concrete, changing them, in the process, from abstract ideas into ones that we canRead More

By S. Rae from Scotland, UK (Cavariella aphids on hogweed) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 48

December 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, it might be a good idea to check on the health of the plants you’ve taken in for the winter: it is time to check for pests. When you bring plants in from the outdoors you sometimes bring outdoor pests in as wellRead More