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Gardening with Jack: Onions and Potatoes

The winter solstice occurs on 21st December and gives us the shortest day of the year. For six months afterwards the days will be getting incrementally longer and many plants will respond favourably. Growing crops becomes easier after the solstice.

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From the Editor’s Desk: WeMarch

Certain Ministers feel they can contain, discourage and distort the proceedings of the Black Friday March and the zeitgeist surrounding it. They’re calling shots from old and tired playbooks. They’re running lateral passes when the Bahamian people have moved to the spread offense. (Sorry for the football metaphor.)

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Gardening with Jack: Herbs

By Jack Hardy There are two approaches to growing herbs: one is to buy a few of the herbs you use most from the nursery and raise them in pots; the other is to grow masses of herbs from seed. The herbs from the nursery will often have more than …

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Agricultural Development and Environmental Health for The Bahamas: Part I

By John Hedden jondgaul@gmail.com Historically the Bahamas has never been able to establish a permanently viable commercial agricultural sector. This is first reflected in the failure of the plantation system in islands throughout the archipelago. Investment in both pineapple and citrus production was not successful in the long term even …

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From the Editor’s Desk // All the Fish

Obviously the hottest topic right now is the revelation that the government has been flirting with the idea of doing something a little overblown, unnecessary and potentially quite damaging. Yes, this could be the opening paragraph dealing with quite a few of the government’s recent ideas and dealings. However, here …

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No Life for a Dog

I must take issue with certain residents of Marsh Harbour who leave their dogs chained up, seemingly indefinitely, outside. Dogs were not made to live their whole life with a choker around their neck and tied to a post in the hot sun, unable to seek shelter or even move freely. It is unsightly, unsettles tourists and locals alike, and most importantly, inhumane.

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Gardening with Jack: A New Start

November introduces a new phase in our vegetable production season. For many of us it will be a new start because of damage from the tropical storm conditions during Hurricane Matthew. Also our winter residents are returning and many of them produce wonderful gardens during their stay on Abaco. For the rest of us the cooler conditions make gardening more enjoyable.

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“Diet” is a Four Letter Word

How many times have you gone on a diet only to gain all the weight back? How many different diets have you tried? How many different fad diets have you heard about in your lifetime?

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Birding with Charmaine

Warbler Season is here again. And what an amazing entrance it has made!

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Gardening With Jack: Growing Your Salad

We live in a salad conscious age. Gone are the days when salad was a wedge of iceberg lettuce smothered in Roka or Ranch dressing. Today’s salad lovers select from a vast range of greenery and either forego dressings or use discreet vinaigrettes. Their one demand is peak freshness and that can only be guaranteed by home growing.

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