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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

Procrastination is Killing Us

Procrastination is Killing Us

September 29, 2021 at 1:06 pm

Great ideas to address climate change already exist — there are thousands of them — but they need to be categorized by the degree of impact they would have on climate change mitigation. Luckily, some authors have attempted this categorization. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse GlobalRead More

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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

Climate Code Red

Climate Code Red

September 15, 2021 at 12:04 pm

During this week’s federal leaders’ debates, all participants verified they had worked together in a non-partisan way to battle COVID-19. COVID and its variants do not discriminate — everyone is vulnerable to some degree. And Canadians, because we were all at risk, pulled together in a way that mirrored whatRead More

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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 short…Read...

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Gardening Tips: Berries and Pests

August 25, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archive for gardening tips that remain timely. This column first appeared on 22 August 2018.   What to do this week It is all about harvesting this time of year, and how to keep up — just don’t sleep, and you will do…Read...

Paul Strome’s Election Priorities

Paul Strome’s Election Priorities

July 28, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Editor’s Note: Spectator contributor Paul Strome sent along this open letter to candidates in the upcoming provincial elections, presented as a list of his chief concerns.   Reconciliation and the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are not just federal issues. Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls…Read...

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Gardening Tips: Berry Busy

July 28, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it first appeared on 7 August 2019.   What to do this week There are so many garden projects vying for my attention these days. The red currants and gooseberriesRead More

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Keeping Pace with the Produce

July 14, 2021 at 12:45 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it first appeared on 10 July 2019.   What to do this week The heavy work of planting should all be done by now. Until it’s time to plant coverRead More