Michelle Smith

Seed envelopes. (Source: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/electrosara/seed-saving/)

Reframing the GMO Debate

May 25, 2022 at 1:29 pm

A recent phone-in on CBC’s Maritime Noon on the issue of labelling products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) left me irritated and frustrated with both sides of the debate. As an enthusiastic and, dare I say, popular seed-saving educator, I never fail to be asked about my views on GMOs….Read...

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

Gardening: Foiling the Frost

Gardening: Foiling the Frost

May 11, 2022 at 11:45 am

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 15 May 2019.   What to do this week The unseasonably cold weather lately doesn’t encourage planting, but soon the days will warm enough that gardeners will engage in their annual game of frost roulette. We all want to get a jump onRead 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

Thomas Bresson [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Frost Warning?

April 26, 2022 at 1:45 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 26 April 2017   What to do this week Optimistic beginner gardeners are often tempted to plant after a few days of great weather in May. I think it is important to let you know how to reasonably predict the risk of frost,Read More

Bean There: Mixed (Up) Farming

Bean There: Mixed (Up) Farming

April 20, 2022 at 1:15 pm

Editor’s Note: This longform piece by Michelle first appeared on 19 April 2017.   There are many reasons I farm. Foremost is the welcome diversity of the work, the many physical and mental challenges – always a new puzzle to take apart and solve. It also involves extended periods ofRead 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 go…Read...

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

Seed envelopes. (Source: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/electrosara/seed-saving/)

Gardening Tips: Saving Seeds

March 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 29 March 2017.   What to do this week Garden planning time is the perfect time to think about what is needed for saving your own seeds. Even at the home level you want to do it properly, which means, you want toRead More