Plants & Garden Supply

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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

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 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Ken Bolton

Somebody once said a gardener is just a philosopher with dirty hands and an aching back. Well, maybe nobody actually said that until I just did, but I believe it to be so. Of all life’s pursuits, few can match gardening when it comes to bringing... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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

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 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Ah, arnica. Renowned for its power to soothe sore muscles, sprains and bruises, and a common gateway drug into the wonderful world of the do-it-yourself apothecary. Most often it is in the form of arnica oil, where the bright yellow flower heads... more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

I have discovered that gardening is more than a past-time; it's a way of life. For me, gardening is both therapeutic and inspirational. There is something that relaxes and rejuvenates the soul which stems from the planting, nurturing and... more

Sep 23, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden


Issue: 2010-07-29

Everyone loves the tranquil calming nature of an outdoor water feature. Whether it be the splash of a water fountain or the soothing serenity of a pond, a water feature in a garden creates an interesting focal to any landscape. more

Jul 29, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Now that we are almost at the end of June, I find my plants are growing very fast. I've already harvested the first of my Tumbler tomatoes at the end of May, as well as some of the chili peppers. Regarding peppers and cucumbers, I am harvesting... more

Jun 24, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Did you know that banana peels and eggshells help to make your tomatoes grow? When buried in the bottom of a planter or spread around the roots of your tomato plants as you transplant them into the greenhouse, fresh banana peels act as... more

May 27, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Most gardeners await the spring season with the greatest of anticipation. We watch patiently for those first bulbs and perennials to spring forth into our gardens. As the last of the snow melts and the days become longer, we know that soon we will... more

May 6, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

The revered holiday poinsettia is among the most-beautiful and significant flowering plants of the holiday season. Also known as the Christmas star or Christmas Flower, the poinsettia has history rich with tradition and meaning. more

Dec 24, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas

One of the prominent concerns of Northern gardeners, especially this time of year, is understanding the concept of winter hardiness. Answering the question "Will my perennial plants or bushes survive the winter?" is no easy task. more

Oct 1, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

From all reports, this year has been one of the better growing seasons. However, if your green thumb is still itching to do some gardening, here's an experiment you can try to prolong the fun. For a few years, I have been aware that a vegetable... more

Sep 24, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

In the '70s and early '80s, when my husband and I had our greenhouse operation, we dappled in fruit trees. We did our research, found a nursery in the Prairies and ordered a couple of crabapple trees – four, to be exact. The trees made it through... more

Aug 13, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Every gardener loves the sight and scent of fresh flowers in their garden. It is equally exciting to grow varieties of cut flowers to display in your home and to give away as gifts for family and friends. more

Aug 6, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Approaching the last six to eight weeks of our active growing season, it's time to take a critical look at your greenhouse and assess which crops need a little extra maintenance to help them along. For example, I just came back from a two-week sea... more

Aug 6, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden


Issue: 2009-06-18

Perennial gardening has long been a favoured pastime for Yukon gardeners. Now is the perfect time to take a good look at the perennials in your garden, decide which perennials to plant where, shuffle existing plants around your garden and fill in... more

Jun 18, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

With this wonderful summer heat we are having, your greenhouse plants should be growing by leaps and bounds. Once the mercury passes above 25, a lot of Yukoners seem to say, "It's too hot for me." Inside the greenhouse, however, where the... more

Jun 18, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

At this point in the season, maintenance is the goal for keeping your greenhouse productive now and in the coming month. Despite the snow at the beginning of June, the plants in your greenhouse should be growing rapidly. I would recommend keeping... more

Jun 27, 2008 12:00 AM Farm - Garden