Michelle Smith

Frozen Kale. Photo by Ruth Hartnup, Vancouver. CC BY 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80971596

Gardeners, Take Note(s)!

January 5, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Editor’s Note: We’ve been reaching back into Michelle Smith’s archive for gardening tips and this week, we found a good one about what to do when you’ve downed tools for the winter. (This column first appeared in November 2019).   What to do this week It’s time to hang upRead More

To My Contributors, With Thanks

To My Contributors, With Thanks

December 15, 2021 at 11:49 am

The Cape Breton Spectator would be a shadow of itself were it not for the work of its regular contributors, each of whom writes with such clarity and focus and passion that reading, editing and formatting their work counts among the best parts of my job. I can’t thank themRead More

Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his field. Year unknown. (Dorothea Lange, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Lange, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bean There: Footsteps of the Farmer

December 8, 2021 at 11:47 am

Editor’s Note: We’re re-running another of Michelle Smith’s timeless farming columns, this one originally published on 24 January 2018.   There is a country proverb that the best fertilizer is the footsteps of the farmer. Anyone who follows me through an average day could be forgiven for taking this literally,Read More

Bean There: The Locavore’s Dilemma

Bean There: The Locavore’s Dilemma

December 1, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Editor’s Note: A reader — who “doesn’t even garden” asked me to republish some more of Michelle Smith’s writings because “she’s always worth reading.” Being in complete agreement, I’ve dusted off this column from September 2017.    Inspiration for this column can come from the strangest places. This time, IRead More

Bean There: Comparing Apples to Apples

Bean There: Comparing Apples to Apples

October 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: I’ve been enjoying my favorite apples — Gravensteins — this season and they reminded me of this great Michelle Smith column about apples which first appeared on 15 February 2017.   I have something to confess. For someone in my position it is, well, more than a littleRead 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

Clockwise from upper left: Basil (Photo by Cchatfield [CC BY-SA 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]; Thyme (Photo by Jeffery Martin [CC0; Parsley (Photo by PARDC - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18344246); Chives (Photo bygrassrootsgroundswell (chives) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]); Winter Savory (Photo by David J. Stang [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)],); All via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Herbs in Winter

October 6, 2021 at 12:48 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle Smith’s archive to provide gardening tips as timely now as when they first appeared — which today’s column did on 17 October 2018.   What to do this week This is a great week to pot up a few of your herbs, if youRead More

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

Gardening Tips: Tool Time

September 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published, like this one, which we last shared on 7 October 2020.   What to do this week You might need a garden shovel or something similar in the next month orRead More

Gardening Tips: Garlic Revisited

Gardening Tips: Garlic Revisited

September 22, 2021 at 4:45 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published. This was last republished on 30 September 2020.   What to do this week I think we had better talk about planting garlic. It’s getting to be that time. I know itRead More

Old root cellar at Törnävä outdoor museum, Seinäjoki, Finland, March 2013. (Photo by Kotivalo CC BY-SA 3.0  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Putting Food By

September 15, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for still-timely gardening tips like these — first published on 19 September 2018.   What to do this week This week I want to talk about the best ways to store your veggies once you pick them, both long term and shortRead More