The Green Life

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

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Kudos to the Post? Oh yeah, you read that correctly: this week, the cranky ol’ Spectator is congratulating the Cape Breton Post on its new website, which is crisp and clean and mercifully free of the clickbait ads that used to cover its home page like measles on the faces ofRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 40

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 40

October 11, 2017 at 11:47 am

What to do this week Gardening is a year-round pleasure, or obsession, depending on how hard you have fallen. There is always something to do, whether it be preparing for winter, preparing for spring, preparing for summer…you get the picture. This time of year, most gardeners are busy between theRead More

Still life with fruit, roast, silver and glassware, porcelain and columbine cup, Abraham Hendriksz van Beyeren

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Time to Feast

October 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm

What to do this week Eat! You’ve put 38 weeks’ worth of hard and noble labor into your fall harvest, now it’s time to enjoy it. Michelle Smith and Madeline Yakimchuk are taking a well-deserved week off, so the Spectator decided to ask some of the people involved with theRead More

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 38

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 38

September 27, 2017 at 11:47 am

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, but this weather is not seasonable. You need to start thinking about garlic now because it will be that time inRead...

Bean There: The Locavore’s Dilemma

Bean There: The Locavore’s Dilemma

September 20, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Inspiration for this column can come from the strangest places. This time, I was deep in the heart of my favorite blackberry patch, high canes arching above my head, hands and mouth stained as purple as my bucket. A flock of sparrows and finches were chirping and scolding me forRead More

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

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 37

September 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This time of year there is a lot going on for gardeners. You may be very busy figuring out how to store your harvest. This week is a good time to review a few basic storage tips for the most common Cape Breton garden products.Read More

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 36

September 13, 2017 at 11:32 am

What to do this week It must be green tomato season, unless you have been as lucky as I have been and are enjoying ripe tomatoes too. Local tomatoes had a bit of a slow start this year. It was cool, and then it was dry, so the plants didn’tRead More

Iannetti pole beans, brought to Sydney Mines from Britolli, Italy by the Iannetti family in 1902  (Photo by Michelle Smith)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 35

September 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week It is getting to be dry-bean time, especially since we may be getting excess rain (or even frost) very soon, making it a tricky time of year for beans. You may have planted dry beans deliberately. Certain varieties of bean are specific to dry beansRead More

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 34

August 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

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 the cover crops I had planted for the summer period, and planting new ones for fall/winter. A while back, we talked about cover crops as livingRead More