Gardening

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Gardening Tips: Saving Seeds

March 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 29 March 2017.   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 toRead 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 23, 2022 at 2:15 pm

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 22 March 2017.   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 ofRead 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: Cold Weather Greens

March 16, 2022 at 11:45 am

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on 15 March 2017. (But, like pretty much everything in Michelle Smith’s archive, it’s still relevant.)   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 intoRead More

Gardening Tips: Pruning Time

Gardening Tips: Pruning Time

March 2, 2022 at 10:45 am

Editor’s Note: I saw the seeds on display in the hardware store recently and realized it was time to re-start the gardening column. This one was first published on 1 March 2017.   What to do this week March is the month for winter care of trees and shrubs. TheyRead More

Wheat seeds germinating. (Photo by Oksana Lastochkina, own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons(

Gardening Tips: Stratifying & Scarifying

February 23, 2022 at 12:17 pm

Editor’s Note: I noticed the seeds on display at the hardware store this past weekend and realized it was time to bring back the gardener, so here’s a column that first appeared on 22 February 2017.   What to do this week This week I want to talk about stratifyingRead More

Frozen Kale. Photo by Ruth Hartnup, Vancouver. CC BY 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80971596

Gardeners, Take Note(s)!

January 5, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Editor’s Note: We’ve been reaching back into Michelle Smith’s archive for gardening tips and this week, we found a good one about what to do when you’ve downed tools for the winter. (This column first appeared in November 2019).   What to do this week It’s time to hang upRead More

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Gardening Tips: Protecting Trees and Shrubs

October 13, 2021 at 11:45 am

Editor’s note: We are reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for tips that remain as timely now as when they were first published — which, in the case of today’s item, was 17 October 2017.   What to do this week This week is a good time to care for yourRead More

Clockwise from upper left: Basil (Photo by Cchatfield [CC BY-SA 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]; Thyme (Photo by Jeffery Martin [CC0; Parsley (Photo by PARDC - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18344246); Chives (Photo bygrassrootsgroundswell (chives) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]); Winter Savory (Photo by David J. Stang [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)],); All via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Herbs in Winter

October 6, 2021 at 12:48 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle Smith’s archive to provide gardening tips as timely now as when they first appeared — which today’s column did on 17 October 2018.   What to do this week This is a great week to pot up a few of your herbs, if youRead 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

September 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published, like this one, which we last shared on 7 October 2020.   What to do this week You might need a garden shovel or something similar in the next month orRead More

Gardening Tips: Garlic Revisited

Gardening Tips: Garlic Revisited

September 22, 2021 at 4:45 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published. This was last republished on 30 September 2020.   What to do this week I think we had better talk about planting garlic. It’s getting to be that time. I know itRead More