The Green Life

George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon in winter. (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Putting the Garden to Bed

October 21, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published.   What to do this week This week, I want to do a checklist for putting your garden to bed for the winter. Some of the items on my list haveRead 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

October 7, 2020 at 11:45 am

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published.   What to do this week You might need a garden shovel or something similar in the next month or so, who knows, but generally, this is the time of yearRead More

Meanwhile, in the CBRM…

Meanwhile, in the CBRM…

September 30, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Hired guns CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s executive assistant Mark Bettens (he of the exorbitant travel expenses) and spokesperson Sheilah MacDonald have taken paid vacation to work on Clarke’s re-election campaign. I confirmed this with CAO Marie Walsh this week. There’s nothing to stop them doing this — other than theRead...

Gardening Tips: Garlic Revisited

Gardening Tips: Garlic Revisited

September 30, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published.   What to do this week I think we had better talk about planting garlic. It’s getting to be that time. I know it doesn’t feel like it because it’s warm, butRead...

Gardening Tips: Rotate & Separate

Gardening Tips: Rotate & Separate

September 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published.   What to do this week From the chill in the air it seems that this week is a good week to talk about fall activities in the garden. Between nowRead More

Campaign Trail Mix: Read the Signs

Campaign Trail Mix: Read the Signs

September 20, 2020 at 11:15 am

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Campaign Trail Mix, the Cape Breton Spectator’s weekly round-up of municipal election-related news and views with the odd non-campaign item thrown in to keep things interesting. We still have a few bugs to work out — like the logo, which I made yesterday morning in GIMPRead More

Vegetables in a root cellar. (Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Storing the Harvest

September 16, 2020 at 11:13 am

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 was first written.   What to do this week This time of year there is a lot going on for gardeners. You may be very busy figuring out howRead More

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.

Gardening Tips: Cover Crops

September 2, 2020 at 4:15 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 was first written.   What to do this week The main thing I am doing now, besides harvesting, is dealing with cover crops. I’m crimping or otherwise destroying theRead More

Garlic. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Harvesting Garlic

August 5, 2020 at 2:45 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 was first written.   What to do this week Let the serious harvest begin! (Depending, of course, on what you have planted.) Many of us plant garlic, and mineRead More

Tomato plant. Photo by Edukeralam (Navaneeth Krishnan S), CC BY-SA 3.0  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Step Away from the Tomatoes!

July 22, 2020 at 11:15 am

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 was first written.   What to do this week This week is a good time to talk about pruning tomatoes and hilling potatoes. Perhaps the most talked about controversyRead More