Madeline Yakimchuk

Glen Innes Soldiers' Settlement Estate - receiving instructions in pruning, 1921.(

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Gardening Tips: Pruning Time

March 13, 2019 at 11:50 am

What to do this week With the prolonged cold weather, there was some serious pouting going on in my house. I wasn’t sure there even should be a column this week and maybe I’m still not certain. But if, like me, you are greatly cheered by a few days ofRead More

Whitefly. (Photo by gbohne from Berlin, Germany, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

Gardening Tips: Indoor Infestations

February 27, 2019 at 12:45 pm

What to do this week These days, I mark time, waiting for my leeks and onions to sprout and it’s time to start my early spring greens next month. It is a good time to pay attention to the indoor garden and other small tasks. Houseplants, particularly those that spendRead More

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Gardening Tips: Perennials

February 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

What to do this week Most of the vegetables we grow from seed in our gardens are annuals. These seeds are programmed to grow quickly and set seed themselves in a single season. Generally speaking, this means they are easy to germinate, since their reproductive strategy is to hit theRead More

Onion seedlings (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Gardeners, Start Your Onions!

February 6, 2019 at 11:30 am

What to do this week I know it’s the dead of winter but it is still time to think about finalizing your seed orders and starting your transplants. Onions and leeks are the first thing to start on the windowsill rotation. There are a lot of good reasons to startRead More

Gardening Tips: When Less is More

Gardening Tips: When Less is More

January 30, 2019 at 11:45 am

What to do this week This week we need to have a talk. Yes, it’s advice I find hard to follow myself, but just between you and me, we’re going to have to suck it up. It’s for our own good. The advice? Don’t take on more than you canRead More

Gardening Tips: How to Read a Seed Catalog

Gardening Tips: How to Read a Seed Catalog

January 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

What to do this week Looking at some of the better seed catalogs can be a bit confusing for the uninitiated. A well-written catalog is full of useful technical information, but that’s not much use if you don’t know what any of it means. This week, we’ll take a tourRead More

Gardening Tips: Time to Read About Seed

Gardening Tips: Time to Read About Seed

January 16, 2019 at 11:54 am

Editor’s Note: It is making the Spectator a bit giddy to announce the return of the weekly gardening column! Don’t let the snow fool you — spring will come, and Michelle and Madeline will make sure you and your garden are ready for it.   What to do this weekRead More

George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon in winter. (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 40: Putting the Garden to Bed

October 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm

What to do this week This week, I want to do a checklist for putting your garden to bed for the winter. Some of the items on my list have been covered recently in more detail, so I will refer to those columns as I go along. First of all,Read More

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Gardening Tips Week 39: Herbs in Winter

October 17, 2018 at 1:45 pm

What to do this week This is a great week to pot up a few of your herbs, if you have room in the house, or to preserve some of them for great winter soups and stews. Your basil may still be fine in the greenhouse, and parsley doesn’t evenRead More

Garden tools rack. (Photo by Dereckson, CC BY 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 38: Tool Time

October 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm

What to do this week You might need a garden shovel or something similar in the next month or so, who knows, but generally, this is the time of year you should be cleaning, organizing and storing your garden tools for winter. It is a good idea to put yourRead More