Michelle Smith

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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...

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

Beans. (Photo by Nadia Talent)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 47

November 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm

What to do this week This week is a good time to get your seeds safely stored for winter. You may have seeds that you saved yourself, from your garden, or you may have leftover seeds you purchased but didn’t use. There are three things that effect the longevity ofRead More

Berge family farm. Corey Coyle [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: Love and Business

November 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

I was busily sewing a new dress for my first date in 12 years. (Yeah, I know, so sophisticated, a homemade dress.) Anyway, I was struck suddenly by a thought: what if this guy was Mr. Right? What if he wanted to move in with me? I stopped sewing. Huh.Read More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 46

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 46

November 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

What to do this week What a wonderful fall we have had, but winter is near, and this winter it might be even more important that you take the time now to mulch your trees, bushes and bulbs. We will very likely be getting heaving with the freezing and thawingRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 45

November 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

The Calculus of Cold As part of my Northern Immersion experience, my daughter and I keep Nunavut CBC on all the time. This means that more than 50% of the programming is in Inuktitut, a language said to be the second most difficult in the world to learn, next toRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 44

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 44

November 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

What to do this week This column is usually about the things I am currently getting up to in my garden. This week I happen to be on my way to Iqaluit via Ottawa for a visit with my daughter. The garden, however, was still present. “Open up your bag,Read More

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 43

November 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week I have been potting-up things this week to bring indoors. There are lots of things you can bring in, but one of them is not basil, so I didn’t bring in any. Here is why: The only way I have ever successfully overwintered basil inRead More

Cuttings. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 42

October 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week Now that the leaves are being blown off by the fall winds that have finally arrived, it is a good time for hardwood propagation of some of your perennial bushes. Gooseberries and currants are what I am working on this week, but you can doRead More

The author. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Bean There (And Back Again)

October 18, 2017 at 11:50 am

Sorry for the radio silence here. I have been ill — in the hospital actually. Nothing serious or life-threatening, my nice Doctor says stress and overwork. Working 16-hour days, seven days a week for four months straight was not a good idea. Turns out I am not superwoman. Crap. IRead More