Madeline Yakimchuk

Top: Tomato seedlings by Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA (Tomato seedlingsUploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons) Bottom: Potato plants by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: You Say ‘Tomato,’ I Say ‘Get Planting!’

June 29, 2022 at 11:15 am

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 24 June 2020.   What to do this week Summer is here and we begin the frantic time of planting all the warm-weather crops as quickly as possible before too much of our very short season passes us by. Every year is different,Read More

Flowering buckwheat cover crop. (Source: The Campus Community Garden http://web.uvic.ca/~ccgarden/buckwheat-covercrop/, University of Victoria)

Gardening Tips: Cover Crops

June 22, 2022 at 11:10 am

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 10 June 2020.   What to do this week This is the time of year when you might be starting a new garden bed — maybe your first, maybe an extension of your existing garden — which makes it a good time to talkRead More

Small-scale crop rotation at the Ecological Garden at Odder. (Photo by Sten, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Beautiful Chaos

June 8, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 6 June 2018.   What to do this week You may think crop rotation is only for big farming operations, but you have a lot to gain from doing it too. It is just as important in a backyard garden. If you plantRead More

Lath house. (Source: Pinterest)

Gardening Tips: Seedling Safety

May 25, 2022 at 1:25 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 30 May 2018.   What to do this week This time of year many people are starting to move their seedlings from the house or greenhouse to the garden. Even if you have decided to run the risk of frost, your seedlings willRead More

Where we are... (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips: Listen to Your Lilacs

May 18, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 16 May 2018 but I suspect the picture of the lilacs in full bloom was from the previous spring.   What to do this week There is an old folk saying that one should not plant summer crops until the lilacs and appleRead 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

Vegetable and herb seeds. (Photo by Rickproser [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Saving Seeds (Redux)

April 13, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 11 April 2018 and you’ll notice the opening the line could have been written today. Told you Michelle’s tips were timeless.     What to do this week Well, perhaps you noticed that it snowed this week, so maybe we have to goRead More

Raspberry cane. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Watch Your Step

April 6, 2022 at 10:47 am

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 4 April 2018.   What to do this week I took a walk in my back field this week. Now that the snow is pretty well gone, I was able to notice that my raspberry bushes need a bit of tending. This isRead More

Soil blocks. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Playing in the Mud

March 9, 2022 at 12:45 pm

Editor’s Note: We’ve started Michelle Smith’s gardener’s column for another season. Today’s column first appeared on 7 March 2018.   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 canRead More

Photo via Preparedness Advice https://preparednessadvice.com/gardening/protecting-your-garden-from-rodents/

Gardening Tips: Protecting Trees and Shrubs

October 13, 2021 at 11:45 am

Editor’s note: We are reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for tips that remain as timely now as when they were first published — which, in the case of today’s item, was 17 October 2017.   What to do this week This week is a good time to care for yourRead More