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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

Gardening Tips: Down with Lawns!

Gardening Tips: Down with Lawns!

March 1, 2023 at 1:45 pm

Editor’s Note: This column last appeared on 3 March 2021   What to do this week I really think people shouldn’t have lawns. Lawns are for grazing sheep. So that is my rule of thumb: your lawn should be either big enough to graze sheep, or small enough to cutRead 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

Apple Tree (Malus domestica) By Opioła Jerzy (Poland) - Own work, CC BY 2.5,

Gardening Tips: Shrubs and Trees

May 5, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re dipping into Michelle Smith’s archives to provide timely tips for gardeners.   What to do this week Although last week I cautioned against working the soil too soon, one task that should be accomplished just as soon as the soil is dry enough is the planting ofRead More

Gooseberry Photo: Pavel Leman - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Go Forth and Multiply: The Art of Propagation

October 14, 2020 at 1:45 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle’s Smith’s archives for posts as useful now as when they were first published.   What to do this week Soon the autumn gales will strip the leaves off the trees and shrubs and the cold nights will send them into their winter slumber. ThatRead More

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Gardening Tips: Advice from Springtimes Past

April 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

What to do this week Michelle Smith is away this week, but don’t worry, she’s got your back as far as early-May gardening is concerned. Back on 3 May 2017, she was urging you to get off your couch and plant some trees: The old saying about it being betterRead More

A.H. Hoffman Seeds, Inc.; Boatman's Tennessee Nursery. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium ( Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 52

January 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week: Now that winter is here it is time to start gathering seed catalogs, and planning the coming year’s garden. This week I am thinking about trees, bushes and berries. It is always a catch 22 because the prices are really good now, but it mayRead More