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Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

April 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

What to do this week This is a great time of year to talk about soil structure. Whatever you have in your backyard, if it is in Cape Breton it is quite likely to be clay, sorry to say, unless you have been building it for a while. Clay predominatesRead...

Our Wild Downtowns?

Our Wild Downtowns?

April 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw, “Reinstatement of the Blossoming Program” on the agenda for the 27 March 2018 CBRM council meeting. Had Deputy Mayor Eldon MacDonald, who put the issue on the agenda, temporarily lost his mind? I think the short answer is, “Yes.” During the meeting,Read 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 Week 14: Saving Seed

April 11, 2018 at 11:52 am

What to do this week Well, perhaps you noticed that it snowed this week, so maybe we have to go back to garden planning. You can’t keep a gardener down, so we will take advantage of this time to talk about organizing your crops for seed-saving purposes. If you wantRead...

Raspberry cane. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 13: Watch Your Step

April 4, 2018 at 12:12 pm

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 is a good week to thin out your raspberry patch. It seemsRead More

Cold frame, James Gardens Toronto, 1974. (Photo by WayneRay, own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 12: Greenhouse-Keeping

March 28, 2018 at 11:51 am

What to do this week If you have a greenhouse, that perfect place that will be housing some of those seedlings from the crowded windowsills very soon, this week is a great time to get it cleaned up and organized. You may have done that in the fall. I didn’t.Read More

Onion seedlings (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 11: Much To Do

March 21, 2018 at 11:17 am

What to do this week This week is a good time to talk about a couple of things you might want to get to around the garden soon. One of those things is any plants you might have brought in from the garden last year. They will probably be showingRead More

Globe artichoke. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 10: Time to Prune

March 14, 2018 at 9:32 am

What to do this week This week, we have a success report from Madeline about her globe artichoke overwintering experiment, and some encouragement to think about the early spring pruning of your trees and bushes. Let’s start with pruning. The little bit of snow we are getting this week mayRead More

Soil blocks. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 9: Playing in the Mud

March 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm

What to do this week I’m back after a short break. Thank you all for your patience. I hope your onion seedlings are started! If they are not, you can do them in soil blocks. If you have them already going, there will be other seeds to plant in theRead More

Seeking a Sustainable Future, One Interview at a Time

Seeking a Sustainable Future, One Interview at a Time

February 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Cape Breton writer Silver Donald Cameron’s latest undertaking, The Green Interview, is an ever-growing collection of videotaped interviews with “thinkers, writers and observers whose ideas and perceptions are leading the way to a new era of sustainability.” Cameron interviews people who would be considered Green Royalty if the kind of peopleRead More

By U.S. Department of Agriculture (Seedling) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Week 8: Scarifying & Stratifying

February 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Author’s Note: This week, we are re-running the third in a series of three columns from 2017. They are perfect for this time of year, and will help you get ready for spring while Michelle deals with a few things that have her tied up right now.  What to do thisRead More