Farm - Garden


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    Time to Reap What You Sow

    I have a few heads of cabbage and broccoli amongst my flower beds, and I check their progress almost daily. One day, recently, I noticed the telltale signs of yellow on the broccoli florets and thought, Uh oh, better harvest these right now before... more

    Aug 27, 2009

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    A Good Garden Starts From the Ground Up

    So imagine my surprise when she announced this spring she was going to try gardening. I asked her what vegetables she was going to plant and was amazed at how long her list was. Most of what she wants to plant is fairly easy to take care of, which is more

    Mar 18, 2010

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    Strawberry Fields Forthcoming

    With visions of Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Milkshakes -- in fact, with strawberries of any shape and size -- I got bamboozled into our strawberry escapade on our greenhouse operation. I didn't know much about growing strawberries, but my... more

    Jun 20, 2008

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    Tomatoes: The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few

    One sunny August afternoon, I walked into our "Tomato" greenhouse only to find my husband, Frank, yielding a machete (OK, a large knife) chopping off the tops of all the tomato plants. Positive that the heat finally got to him and he's gone... more

    Aug 19, 2008

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    An Odd Taste in Lawn Decorations

    The Klondike is known for permafrost-distorted buildings. The twisted shapes of older structures inspired the artistic career of Jim Robb — as a young artist he visited Dawson and was gob smacked by what he saw. He turned his amazement into a style more

    Aug 21, 2014

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    Issue: 2008-05-30

    Fresh Ideas for Container Gardens

    With less and less time to maintain gardens, containers are becoming more and more popular as an alternative to mass gardening. Not everyone has time for full-fledged gardens, which is why container gardening just hits the spot... more

    May 30, 2008

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Orchids In and Around Whitehorse

    The calypso orchid, sometimes called the fairy or venus slipper, was already blooming by the end of May and the rest will follow soon. I suspect that the Platanthera obtusata, known as the northern bog orchid, will follow soon. The height of bloom... more

    Jun 14, 2017

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    Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: Joan Norberg


    “Could we plant some flowers in our garden, next year?” This is what Allan asked me 25 years ago after we had harvested our first garden together. I hadn’t realized anything had been missing from our yard. We had an average vegetable garden on the... more

    Jun 18, 2015

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Farm & Garden Stories

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    Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Meredith Winkelaar

    Harvest at the Yukon Grain Farm

    The giant green machine inches its way along a row of potato plants with the fall coloured mountains as the backdrop. From far away it looks like a slow-moving, peaceful agrarian scene, but this changes as I get closer... more

    Oct 4, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Becky Striegler

    Honey Bees and Yukoners: A love story

    Etienne Tardif, gloved and clothed in white, his face behind a dark mesh veil, slowly lifts a tray from one of his stacked beehives. He’s in a meadow just off the Annie Lake Road, south of Whitehorse. “Whoah… this is heavy,” Tardif says. more

    Aug 16, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Courtesy of the First We Eat Project

    What Do You Have to Do to Eat Local?

    The benefits of eating local are well known and documented; it’s better for the environment, it’s better for your health, and it’s better for the local economy. But when you live north of 60 it seems daunting – even in the height of the summer... more

    Jun 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Sowing the Seeds of Spring

    The light returns to the Yukon long before the heat and we’re still in the prime season of huge oscillations in temperature between day and night. Mornings dawn crisp – but early – and as of yet we feel no compulsion to head outside until it warms a more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Joan Norberg

    Old Gardeners Never Die, They Just Go to Seed

    Gardening is considered a challenge here in the Yukon. But this year the weather made it less so. Gardens flourished with an earlier than usual spring and a warmer than usual summer. With the fall colours here and cooler weather upon us most tend... more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Rian Lougheed-Smith

    That Wasn’t the Plan

    I always forget the way this works, how fast things change here. In the hot, hot days of summer, I think it will last forever and then suddenly, one rainy July day, there it is. The chill, maybe a wool sweater, the thought of lighting a fire... more

    Aug 25, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Tarie Castellarin

    Be Amazed at What We Can Grow Up Here

    Whether you have a green thumb or not, you’re invited to the Horticultural Exhibition in Dawson City on Aug. 13. Tarie Castellarin and Helen Dewell have been involved in organizing the exhibition since 2013. The event itself dates back to the... more

    Aug 11, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: courtesy of Bob Sharp

    He Built a Better Greenhouse

    There are two kinds of gardeners in the Yukon: those who can grow tomatoes and those who can't. With Yukoner Bob Sharp's Solar Growing Greenhouse Kit – a stable-temperature greenhouse that extends the growing season by three months– it is now much... more

    Aug 4, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

    Here’s Your New Home, Bees

    We saw the queen recently. She wasn’t wearing a crown. She was sporting a big blue dot on her thorax though. The Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association, founded in 1899, has great information about queen marking on its website. The queen is much easier... more

    Jul 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Kirsten Pattimore

    The Bee Diaries - April 2016

    The gentle, warm summer breeze touched our faces as we stood watching the bees. The bees were just doing their thing: flying in and out of the hive, gathering pollen. Suddenly we noticed a large black cloud forming in the southwest... more

    May 26, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Angela Szymczuk

    Diggin’ It Old School

    The first thing that people know about me is that I am a city girl. It’s not that I do not have an appreciation for country living, it’s just not something I could do on a daily basis. So, it should come to no surprise that when it comes to... more

    Apr 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Joan Norberg

    Winter: A Season for Change

    “The more things change the more they stay the same” and “The only constant in life is change” are both very cliche and very true. In some sense farming and gardening means things are staying the same. We usually use the same plot of land and... more

    Apr 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Don't Turnip Your Nose

    “‘...but gracious me! It's getting light! Good night, old Turnip-top, good-night!’ A nod, and he was gone.” So ends the sixth canto of Phantasmorgia by Lewis Carroll (better known for having written the topsy-turvy classic Alice in... more

    Mar 17, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: Rick Massie

    Fine Wine Starts in the Garage

    There’s at least one person for whom the drought in California has a silver lining. Luigi Zanasi is hoping for some magic to come out of his garage this year, thanks to the intense wine grapes he believes the California drought has produced. more

    Oct 22, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-09-24 PHOTO: Angela Szymczuk

    Planning ahead for a bounty of sunflowers

    September always makes me think of apple picking, hay barrels, corn, and sunflowers. This summer I decided to try and grow sunflowers and even though I have never gardened before, I liked the thought of having my own sunflowers in September to enjoy. more

    Sep 24, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-09-10 PHOTOS: Rick Massie

    Farmer Robert’s: The Business of Nature

    From the outside, Farmer Robert's Store looks like a market in the middle of farm country. And that is exactly what it is… and much more. It is the final piece of the logistical puzzle that brings locally produced and organic produce to... more

    Sep 10, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Megan Skarnulis

    The Chicken Resort

    Have you ever made the kind of phone call that makes you feel you deserve to be reprimanded by your spouse? You sheepishly dial the number and deliver the news. In my case, I was relaying news of the imminent delivery of the 16 chicks I had... more

    Sep 3, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: Joan Norberg


    “Could we plant some flowers in our garden, next year?” This is what Allan asked me 25 years ago after we had harvested our first garden together. I hadn’t realized anything had been missing from our yard. We had an average vegetable garden on the... more

    Jun 18, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

    Training For the Yukon

    Recently we went down south for a family visit. At the time it was still very much winter here in the Yukon. Down there the snow was melting, there were puddles everywhere and it felt like spring. more

    May 21, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-04-16 PHOTO: Molly MacDonald and Debi Wickham

    Lettuce Grow

    In the spring of 2014, Dawsonites Molly MacDonald and Debi Wickham started Nomad Market Gardens. They call it an urban, multi-site farm committed to providing Dawson City with high quality, sustainably-grown vegetables. more

    Apr 16, 2015

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