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Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: courtesy of Carrie Boles

Carrie Boles’ green thumb sprouted back in her hometown, the grassland ecosystem of Winnipeg , Manitoba. While working on a degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Winnipeg, Boles happened to live in a house packed with gardeners... Read more

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Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: Teresa Kozakewich

Teresa Kozakewick grew up in Alberta. Raised by a father who had a passion for food, she had always been drawn to cooking. She enjoyed watching her dad cook on special occasions. Now her passion has become a career path. After moving to the Yukon... Read more

Yukon Education

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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.... Read more

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The poinsettia, or Christmas Star as it is known throughout Europe, is one of the very few plants that bloom during winter and the holiday season. The poinsettia has a rich and unique history that dates back to the Aztecs. The plant is native to... Read more

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

This past September, I was privileged to attend the seventh annual Circumpolar Agricultural Conference in Alta, Norway. Alta lies just below the 70°N latitude, which makes it a bit farther north than Old Crow. The Circumpolar Agricultural... Read more

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Getting your greenhouse ready for winter could be a matter of just closing the door and walking away, something to worry about next spring. But you will be much better prepared for the next gardening season if you spend a few minutes winterizing... Read more

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Whenever the beginning of August rolls around, I think more of harvesting the fruits of my gardening than the actual gardening. And harvesting has been the in progress for a couple of weeks already. The Swiss Chard has been cut and has re-grown... Read more

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Understanding good greenhouse techniques encourages healthy plant growth and, as the growing season is well on its way, it would be a good time to reassess your plants' performance to see if there are areas which can be tweaked for better results... Read more

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If you are like many people trying to grow tomatoes in pots on the patio, the windy conditions we've been having hasn't helped the growth rate of even the hardiest tomato varieties. Carrying the plants into the confines of a warm house for the... Read more

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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... Read more

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Due to some travelling adventures in Latin and South America, I was introduced to chili peppers in the last 10 years or so. Approaching the use of chili peppers cautiously, I did acquire a taste for them, enjoying their legendary heat as they... Read more

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When I think of cucumbers, I think of the idiom "cool as a cucumber" , which may be based on the fact that even in hot weather, the insides of cucumbers remain cooler than the air. Cucumbers, the second most popular greenhouse crop after tomatoes... Read more

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Hey, Yukon! It's gardening time! Time to get that greenhouse ready! If your greenhouse has a supplementary heating system, chances are you've already begun planting, and your greenhouse is up and running. For those people whose greenhouses lack a... Read more

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Getting your greenhouse ready for winter may be a matter of just closing the door and walking away, to worry about next spring, but you will be much better prepared for the next gardening season if a few minutes are spent now to winterize the... Read more

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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... Read more

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With frost nipping at our gardens, if it hasn't already nipped in your area, I've been asked numerous times on the proper way to overwinter geraniums. Of all the outdoor summer blooms, geraniums can probably make the transition most successfully... Read more

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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... Read more

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The Seniors Association, up on College Drive, not only has a fabulous greenhouse going, they have a complete gardening management system all set up and the project has plans to expand. Not only is there the wonderful, productive greenhouse I wrote... Read more

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One of the delights of consulting and promoting gardening is that once in a while you stumble into on oasis that you did not know existed in Whitehorse. I was asked by our editor to check out what "The Seniors" up by Yukon College were doing, and... Read more

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If you have just one little empty spot in your greenhouse, I would consider planting just one or two peppermint plants. Peppermint does grow outdoors, this is true, but it grows profusely in the greenhouse. I learned this by accident as for years... Read more

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