Columnists

These onions were planted as seedlings last October and should be ready to eat in May or June. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Planting, growing and storing onions

Long-day onions are more pungent and are bred for storage

  • Apr 24, 2021
These onions were planted as seedlings last October and should be ready to eat in May or June. (Mary Lowther photo)
Alistair MacGregor

Alistair MacGregor column: Budget 2021: promising initiatives and missed opportunities

With approximately $100 billion in new spending

  • Apr 24, 2021
Alistair MacGregor
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson column: Smurfettes to Simon Fraser: let’s play ball

My next memory of my early days as a softball player was when we were the Pirates.

Sarah Simpson
Cowichan District Hospital. (Citizen file)

Guest column: National Volunteer Week: The value of one, the power of many

“The Cowichan District Hospital Foundation is very grateful to the many volunteers that support us”

  • Apr 23, 2021
Cowichan District Hospital. (Citizen file)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Parking permits for people with disabilities

These permits are issued to the person, not the vehicle owner or driver.

  • Apr 18, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert Barron's column
Robert Barron's column
Dr. Bernhardt’s freshly planted strawberries. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Hoping for a bumper crop of strawberries

Because our new plot gets a lot of sun, maybe strawberries won’t become consumed by wood bugs

  • Apr 17, 2021
Dr. Bernhardt’s freshly planted strawberries. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Newton’s first law of motion

I could have sworn I told them to help each other get unbuckled and to come inside.

Sarah Simpson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Rules around bicycle lanes

The lane is often painted green to distinguish it from lanes intended for motor vehicles.

  • Apr 11, 2021
Tim Schewe
Asparagus root, dug up from the old patch and ready to be transplanted. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Some tips on growing asparagus

When choosing asparagus I recommend buying male plants for juicier, plumper spears.

  • Apr 10, 2021
Asparagus root, dug up from the old patch and ready to be transplanted. (Mary Lowther photo)
If you’re looking for a goat time, visit Russell Farms Market! (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Looking for a goat time on Good Friday

If you drive by the farm market a little slower you see the goat pen.

If you’re looking for a goat time, visit Russell Farms Market! (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Horses count as a vehicle on the roadway

The horse or horse drawn vehicle is entitled to use our roads in the same way as a driver does.

  • Apr 4, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column
Robert’s column
This lettuce grown in the greenhouse is ready to eat now. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Replenishing soil produces the best vegetables

Since plants require trace minerals to be nutritious enough, I add them to my fertilizer mix.

  • Apr 3, 2021
This lettuce grown in the greenhouse is ready to eat now. (Mary Lowther photo)
Cheryl and Patty Bennett are ‘street angels’ who regularly pick up garbage in their Cowichan Valley neighbourhood. (Gail Taylor photo)
Cheryl and Patty Bennett are ‘street angels’ who regularly pick up garbage in their Cowichan Valley neighbourhood. (Gail Taylor photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Drivers who try to bulldoze through others

Inevitably I will end up with nothing but grille showing in my rearview mirror

  • Mar 28, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Will the world ever be the same again?

I’ve heard many people say that they can’t ever see themselves in a crowded room

Robert’s column
We can grow our own coffee in the form of chickory. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Growing a coffee alternative: chickory and beet root

I’ve been looking for a tasty coffee substitute that I can grow

  • Mar 27, 2021
We can grow our own coffee in the form of chickory. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Is Spring Break breaking you, too?

The problem is that was only the first three days of the break .

Sarah Simpson
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: How to replace bad habits during Nutrition Month

Our habits have changed. Some for the better. Some, not so much.

  • Mar 21, 2021
Chris Wilkinson