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Gardening Tips: May Mud

May 3, 2023 at 10:00 am

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 1 May 2019.   What to do this week It is tempting on a bright sunny day to get out to the garden and start to dig. A psychiatrist friend once told me that soil contains natural anti-depressants, which made a lot ofRead More

Gardening Tips: Soil with a Twist of Lime

Gardening Tips: Soil with a Twist of Lime

April 19, 2023 at 11:45 am

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. This column last appeared on 22 April 2020.   What to do this week This is a great time of year to talk about soilRead...

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Gardening Tips: Fertilizing Periodically

March 31, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archives to provide timely tips for gardeners.   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 knowRead More

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Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 20

May 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

What to do this week Soon we will be getting very itchy to plant, but how do you tell for sure that your soil is ready? One of the most common questions I get this time of year is if it is time to plant yet, and I always say,Read More