Madeline Yakimchuk

Cucumbers. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 19: Squash, Anyone?

May 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week is the perfect time to plant squash seeds, and hopefully you will consider starting them in soil blocks. I like using soil blocks for almost everything anyway, but for squash plants it is particularly important because they really, really don’t like their rootsRead...

Lilacs (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips Week 18: Listen to Your Lilacs

May 16, 2018 at 11:45 am

What to do this week There is an old folk saying that one should not plant summer crops until the lilacs and apple trees are in full bloom. Cold, hardy crops are different. You can certainly plant things like onions, spinach, peas and kale this time of year (or earlier)Read More

McIntosh apple, half-inch green. (Source: UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/bud-stages/april-23-2013-bud-stages)

Gardening Tips Week 17: Spray It, Don’t Say It

May 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week This week is a good time to talk about spraying fruit trees because now is the time to do that. There are a couple of reasons that even an organic grower might want to spray. One would be to rid the trees of pests beforeRead More

Early rhubarb (Source: My Minnesota Garden https://www.mymngarden.com/how-to-divide-rhubarb/)

Gardening Tips Week 17: Divide and Compost

May 2, 2018 at 11:15 am

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 the tips of what look like buds starting to poke up fromRead More

Dandelion

Gardening Tips Week 16: Into the Weeds

April 25, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week This week,  I have been trying to get a jump on the perennial weeds. My soil has dried up a bit with the sun and warmth we have had these past few days, so I have been able to walk about. Your soil should beRead...

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

April 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

What to do this week This is a great time of year to talk about soil structure. Whatever you have in your backyard, if it is in Cape Breton it is quite likely to be clay, sorry to say, unless you have been building it for a while. Clay predominatesRead...

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 Week 14: Saving Seed

April 11, 2018 at 11:52 am

What to do this week Well, perhaps you noticed that it snowed this week, so maybe we have to go back to garden planning. You can’t keep a gardener down, so we will take advantage of this time to talk about organizing your crops for seed-saving purposes. If you wantRead...

Raspberry cane. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 13: Watch Your Step

April 4, 2018 at 12:12 pm

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 is a good week to thin out your raspberry patch. It seemsRead More

Cold frame, James Gardens Toronto, 1974. (Photo by WayneRay, own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 12: Greenhouse-Keeping

March 28, 2018 at 11:51 am

What to do this week If you have a greenhouse, that perfect place that will be housing some of those seedlings from the crowded windowsills very soon, this week is a great time to get it cleaned up and organized. You may have done that in the fall. I didn’t.Read More

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