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Lilacs (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips: Bushes and Shrubs

May 10, 2023 at 1:45 pm

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 13 May 2020.   What to do this week This is the time for tending to bushes and shrubs, or perhaps dividing them, so let’s talk about that. If you have lilac, or elderberry, currants of course, rose bushes very often (especially theRead More

Semi-dwarf apple trees. (Photo via iowaorchard

Gardening Tips: Planting Trees

April 26, 2023 at 12:15 pm

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is reaching into Michelle Smith’s gardening column archive for some weekly advice that is as relevant now as when it was first written in May 2017.   What to do this week Okay, up off the couch! It’s time to plant trees. What’s that? It’s cold and rainyRead More

Globe artichoke. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Time to Prune

March 15, 2023 at 10:30 am

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 14 March 2018.   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.Read More

Glen Innes Soldiers' Settlement Estate - receiving instructions in pruning, 1921.(

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Gardening Tips: Pruning Time

March 13, 2019 at 11:50 am

What to do this week With the prolonged cold weather, there was some serious pouting going on in my house. I wasn’t sure there even should be a column this week and maybe I’m still not certain. But if, like me, you are greatly cheered by a few days ofRead More