Students testing soil fertility, circa 1816. (Source: By OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 14

April 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

What to do this week This week, we continue with the soil nutrients I introduced last week. We are left with N, P and K. I would like to give you an idea of what you can expect to see in your plants if your soil is deficient in theseRead More

Dolomite limestone (Source: minimal.com http://minmat.com/portfolio/dolomite/)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 13

April 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm

What to do this week As promised last week, here we go with a little bit of science. There are four main nutrients your plants look for in the soil, so you have to know about them. They are nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and calcium. They are known as N, P,Read More

Seed envelopes. (Source: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/electrosara/seed-saving/)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 12

March 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week Garden planning time is the perfect time to think about what is needed for saving your own seeds. Even at the home level you want to do it properly, which means, you want to have success. Otherwise the seeds you save won’t be true toRead More

By Frank J. (Frank John) Aleksandrowicz, 1921-, Photographer (NARA record: 8452210) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

That ’70s Crisis

March 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

“Tartan and coal” proclaimed the front page of the Cape Breton Post, rather cryptically, on Saturday and I couldn’t resist trying to guess what the headline referred to before I actually read the article: the world’s worst ice cream flavor? Sydney Academy’s Class of ’57 prom theme? Alexander Graham Bell’s terriers?  Read More

Organic produce, farmer's market, University of BC (Photo by Dllu, own work, [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: The Great Organic Divide

March 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

It may surprise you, as it surprised me, to find out that farming is a political act. And like other forms of politics, it has opposing sides and competing interests as well as philosophical divisions. Quite a lot of drama, really, for people who chose the work because they reallyRead More

By AnRo0002 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 11

March 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm

What to do this week It is time to think about seeding lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, and other summer annuals, but we don’t plant before taking the first step of thinking about what varieties suit your taste — and your space. The first step is to take my Tomato Quiz:Read More

Bernie Sanders, Cape Breton's Magazine, Maggie MacDonnell

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Bernie in coal country McDowell County, West Virginia is coal country. Although they got into the game a little later than we did here in Cape Breton — their first large-scale mines were developed in the mid-1800s — they made up for lost time and by the 1950s were regularlyRead More

Chinese cabbage Forest & Kim Starr [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons  Cauliflower By Dinkum (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons  Broccoli  fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons  kohlrabi By 4028mdk09 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons  Brussels sprouts  By ThorPorre (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons  Mustard Greens By মৌচুমী (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons" width="800" height="800" /> Clockwise from upper left: Cauliflower (Dinkum, Own work, CC BY 1.0), Chinese cabbage (Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0), Mustard Greens (মৌচুমী, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0), Kohlrabi (4028mdk09, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0), Brussels Sprouts (ThorPorre, Own work, CC BY 3.0), Kale (Dirk Ingo Franke, Own work,

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 10

March 15, 2017 at 10:50 am

What to do this week This week we are going to start our cold weather greens, things that you can start in the house and get into the ground even before the snow is gone. You will be able to transplant them into the garden as soon as you canRead More

Maggie MacDonnell, finalist, 2017 Global Teaching Prize (r) Dan Pallotta, activist and fundraiser.

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

Doing Well By Doing Good “Activist and fundraiser” Dan Pallotta will speak during the Community Impact Summit, an anti-poverty gathering to be held in Sydney next Wednesday and Thursday. The summit will bring together “business, government and non-profit sector leaders [emphasis theirs]” to “commit to specific, positive actions to helpRead More

NS Highways: Don’t Debate Tolls, Debate Twinning

NS Highways: Don’t Debate Tolls, Debate Twinning

March 8, 2017 at 11:50 am

Nova Scotia will be wrapping up its Highway Twinning Public Consultations roadshow with the last of 14 public meetings being held in Shelburne on Thursday. Those who made it out to meet the travelling panel of engineers and consultants would have noticed one peculiar thing: the meetings were less aboutRead More