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Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

Economic Development I heard CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke discussing economic development with Steve Sutherland on CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning on Thursday [The interview is no longer available online]. The mayor raised a number of issues I will write about in greater detail in next week’s edition — chief among them, hisRead More

Semi-dwarf apple trees. (Photo via iowaorchard https://iowaorchard.wordpress.com/)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 17

May 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

What to do this week Okay, up off the couch! It’s time to plant trees. What’s that? It’s cold and rainy and the trees aren’t even leafing out yet, you whine? Perfect! The trees are still sleeping, they’ll barely suffer transplant shock. Yeah, I know you’re out of shape. DidRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

What does $160 buy you?  Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has promised an average $160 tax cut for half the province’s population, in a surplus budget that seeds the ground for an election campaign that may begin within days. — Globe & Mail, 27 April 2017 So, if I’m a middle-class NovaRead More

Thomas Bresson [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 16

April 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm

What to do this week Optimistic beginner gardeners are often tempted to plant after a few days of great weather in May. I think it is important to let you know how to reasonably predict the risk of frost, just in case you find yourself in that situation. We shouldn’tRead More

Bean There: Mixed (Up) Farming

Bean There: Mixed (Up) Farming

April 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

There are many reasons I farm. Foremost is the welcome diversity of the work, the many physical and mental challenges – always a new puzzle to take apart and solve. It also involves extended periods of repetitive tasks, undemanding of acute attention, that allow my thoughts to wander. This isRead More

Dandelions (By Xchen11 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 15

April 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

What to do this week Let’s talk a bit about garden weeds. The particular weeds you struggle with in your garden can tell you a lot about what is going on with your soil. For example, if you have so many dandelions it seems they are out-competing everything, you veryRead More

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