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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

Beyond the windows of my study/greenhouse, the temperature is still in deficit mode and falling. Another skiff of snow arrived overnight—the dry, fat, fluffy kind I have no trouble ignoring. It will either blow away, or it will not. It doesn’t... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

It’s official. Apart from a few hardy species that relish cold weather for some absurd reason, backyard garden 2018 has now been decommissioned. Several less-hardy species—tomatoes, peppers, et alia—clung valiantly to life in their wheeled, rodent... Read more

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Issue: 2018-10-17, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I feel tumbled up against the advance of winter. All summer, the sun pulled me on with the force of a tearaway sled dog and, when the days shortened into fall, it was as if she slowed suddenly to sniff out a piece of news and I hurtled into her... Read more

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Issue: 2018-08-01, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Last spring was an odd one for us ... As bloom time approached, we watched for swelling buds on our apple trees. We saw some, but many trees kept us in suspense. As the pink petals poked through the ends of the buds on the trees that were coming... Read more

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Issue: 2018-07-11, PHOTO: Kim Melton

“So, is this a boy bush or a girl bush?” I turned from arranging potted trees, at our weekly Farmer’s Market setup in Dawson, to see a fellow holding up a young haskap berry bush. He was scrutinizing it intently, though what he hoped to see, I’m... Read more

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Issue: 2018-05-30, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I used to focus solely on edible plants, wild or cultivated. The only flowers, trees and shrubs that interested me were those that could contribute to a meal. If they looked nice—bonus. When my partner, John, began introducing me to the... Read more

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Kim Melton

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! I didn’t know how much I was anticipating berry season until I saw my first ripe raspberry dripping its glowing red drupelets from a bush south of Whitehorse. And with it, I know, are coming Saskatoons, ... Read more

Wild Harvest

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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... Read more

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

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. Read more

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July 10 Issue

June is a quiet month on the farm. The gardens are nearly fully planted, and soon to have weeds, although the transplanting of perennials is sometimes still happening. Time is all the gardens need right now, along with sunshine and rain... Read more

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June 12

In spring, while we wait for the snow to melt, we check on the chives to see if there will be enough for a taste. Once the snow is gone we keep an eye on the rhubarb. This year I was also watching for asparagus to return... Read more

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Frost To Frost: Spring Planting May15,2014

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It’s planting time and one of the last things we plant are potatoes. We put in all of our cold crops first because if there is a late frost the seeds of these plants and even the seedlings are able to deal with the cold stress better than a potato... Read more

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Years ago I was asked by a Japanese helper what kinds of plants grew here in the winter. I laughed and said nothing grows, it is all frozen solid. She was amazed. In many places they rotate their crops based on the season. Heat-loving plants like... Read more

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Humulus Lupulus = Hops. They aren't involved in the fermentation of beer. They aren't even a major component. You might have 6 kg of malt in a homebrew batch but only 30 g hops. They don't get roasted. And they occur in virtually every commercial... Read more

Beverages

Most vegetables have their share of pests and problems. If it's too wet, mildew will attack peas or tomatoes. An early fall frost can kill many of the garden vegetables commonly grown up here, such as lettuce and potatoes... Read more

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