Entries by Emily Cates

GARDEN WORKS: When rain is your friend

GARDEN WORKS by  Emily Cates Thank heaven for the rain! As I awoke this morning to the thunderous sound of raindrops pounding the ground, I thought what a relief it was to have a day where I would not feel so bad for staying inside. While the freshly-planted trees and shrubs from last week’s Fedco […]

GARDEN WORKS: Antidotes for spring fever

GARDEN WORKS by  Emily Cates Coping with the mad rush of springtime Bam! What happened? Spring has thundered through with a crash and a bang! In just a few days, my yard has changed from snow, to mud, and to plant-able ground in some spots. The quiet woods have burst forth with songs of birds […]

GARDEN WORKS: EXTEND SUCCESS! Starting long-season varieties now for best results (Conclusion)

GARDEN WORKS by  Emily Cates For part 1 of this series, click here. The previous article in this 2-part series looked at practical suggestions on starting long-season plants in our climate. We looked at lighting setups, substrate (growing mediums), containers, watering, and climate control. This time, we’ll explore topics of viable seeds, what to plant, when […]

GARDEN WORKS: Kombucha: Hooch or healer?

by  Emily Cates Conclusion: The Making of a “Miracle” Drink Last time we took a look at the popular, yet controversial health tonic known as kombucha, and a few reasons why people drink it. This time, let’s explore a method behind the making of kombucha, highlighting needed containers, ingredients, and how to ensure a successful […]