Farm - Garden

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    Beautiful Reasons to Wait for Spring

    The gardening season is rapidly coming to an end, but if you still have an urge to plant something and the snow hasn't reached your area yet, my best suggestion would be to try planting tulips. Tulips, one of the earliest flowers to bloom, are a... more

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Skagway Club Shares Gardening Tips

    Whether you're in the Yukon, Alaska, or Arizona, your ground is the foundation of gardening, more

    Jul 4, 2013

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    They're Not Just Pretty (They taste great, too!)

    One of the delights of owning a hobby greenhouse is that that there are many varieties of plants that can be grown in its warm, humid climate. Often we tend to think of growing mostly tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and that certainly was the case... more

    Jun 25, 2009

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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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    Plants Helping Plants

    One of the more interesting characteristics of plants is that plants are affected chemically by the aroma from leaves, roots and by soil micro-organisms. Knowing which plants like each other and which don't, and planting these together, is what... more

    Jul 4, 2008

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    Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Paul Rath

    Fireweed Jelly

    The beautiful and striking fireweed plant, with it's spray of magenta flowers is the iconic symbol of the north. Chosen as the Yukon's official floral symbol in 1957, fireweed represents not only the natural beauty of the territory, but also the... more

    Jul 5, 2017

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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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    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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Farm & Garden Stories

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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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    Farmers Need Funds, Too

    If you ate today, thank a farmer. If you know where your food comes from, thank them even more. Knowing where your food comes from can be a challenge, especially in the North. Why should a person support a local farmer when the food they sell... more

    Mar 19, 2015

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