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Carrots from seed harvested in 2018. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Carrots: from seed to storage

Our sandy soil dries out quickly and I find I can sow carrots usually mid-April

  • Oct 24, 2020
Carrots from seed harvested in 2018. (Mary Lowther photo)
Alistair MacGregor

Alistair MacGregor column: Let’s help small business in this tough time

This week is small business week.

  • Oct 24, 2020
Alistair MacGregor
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Headlamps 101

Few drivers get their vehicle headlamps aimed, yet this is important

  • Oct 18, 2020
Tim Schewe
Ten pounds of tomatoes produced 20 pints of sauce. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Getting the best tomatoes and potatoes

I cover my tomato crop and grow early potatoes

  • Oct 17, 2020
Ten pounds of tomatoes produced 20 pints of sauce. (Mary Lowther photo)
Work ‘Dr. Bonnie’s day off’ by Pauline Dueck is part of the Living in Lockdown show at Portals Gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. (Submitted)
Work ‘Dr. Bonnie’s day off’ by Pauline Dueck is part of the Living in Lockdown show at Portals Gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. (Submitted)
Drivesmart column: Be Safe, Be Seen

Drivesmart column: Be Safe, Be Seen

always assume that drivers cannot see you

  • Oct 11, 2020
Drivesmart column: Be Safe, Be Seen
Garlic, harvested in June and smaller than usual, ready to plant in late October. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: October the best month to plant garlic

Last year I planted a third of the bed in September just for kicks, but I won’t do that again.

  • Oct 10, 2020
Garlic, harvested in June and smaller than usual, ready to plant in late October. (Mary Lowther photo)
Ekamjit Ghuman in Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley.

GUEST COLUMN: Life with cerebral palsy full of triumph and tribulations

Tuesday, Oct. 6 is World Cerebral Palsy Day

  • Oct 6, 2020
Ekamjit Ghuman in Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley.
Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District Board of Education. (Photo by Mark Margerison)
Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District Board of Education. (Photo by Mark Margerison)
Drivesmart column: Time to check your vehicle lights

Drivesmart column: Time to check your vehicle lights

Not to be forgotten are the reflectors.

  • Oct 4, 2020
Drivesmart column: Time to check your vehicle lights
Bare stems stand as grave markers of the devastation on native plants of deer browse in our forests. (Icel Dobell photo)

Guest column: I come not to praise hunters; nor to bury Bambi

I’m talking about over-populating deer who are decimating our forests’ understory

  • Oct 3, 2020
Bare stems stand as grave markers of the devastation on native plants of deer browse in our forests. (Icel Dobell photo)
Crackers made with flax seeds from the garden. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Stretching out the growing season

I can grow food during most of the year.

  • Oct 3, 2020
Crackers made with flax seeds from the garden. (Mary Lowther photo)
Maple Bay author John Ringstead has just released his first novel. (Submitted photo)

Arts and Entertainment column: Art, film, books and music all on tap in Cowichan

Here are a few of the things going on in Cowichan’s arts community.

Maple Bay author John Ringstead has just released his first novel. (Submitted photo)
Drivesmart column: Are slow drivers breaking the law?

Drivesmart column: Are slow drivers breaking the law?

When I am behind a driver that is going slower it bothers me.

  • Sep 27, 2020
Drivesmart column: Are slow drivers breaking the law?
These little worm workhorses turn compost into rich humus. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Contemplating the compost heap

David made me a three-bin compost system

  • Sep 26, 2020
These little worm workhorses turn compost into rich humus. (Mary Lowther photo)
A chair by Karen Trickett is one of the items that will be featured in the Cowichan Artisans window at Imagine That! in October. (Submitted)
A chair by Karen Trickett is one of the items that will be featured in the Cowichan Artisans window at Imagine That! in October. (Submitted)
Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving

Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving

85 per cent of the information we require to drive safely comes to us through our eyes.

  • Sep 20, 2020
Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving
Chris Wilkinson column: Growth really is that important for happier aging
Chris Wilkinson column: Growth really is that important for happier aging
Phacelia makes a great cover crop and attracts bees all summer. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Getting the post-summer garden ready for what’s next

We’re in transition time between seasons.

  • Sep 19, 2020
Phacelia makes a great cover crop and attracts bees all summer. (Mary Lowther photo)
Drivesmart column: Producing information after a crash

Drivesmart column: Producing information after a crash

The drivers of all vehicles in B.C. must carry three documents with them

  • Sep 13, 2020
Drivesmart column: Producing information after a crash