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Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: New hospital shouldn’t charge for parking

Paying a parking meter is the last thing people visiting a hospital should have to worry about.

Robert’s column
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)
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
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)
Senior Modern Group, Human Behaviour of Steps Ahead Dance: Aimee Nelson, Alison Vliet, Peyton Bomans, Brianna Younger, Gillian Duta, Natalie Geldart, Lyndzie Brizzi and Meghan Lewthwaite (Choreography Bryony Blake) filmed on the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre stage for remote competitions in 2021. (Submitted)
Senior Modern Group, Human Behaviour of Steps Ahead Dance: Aimee Nelson, Alison Vliet, Peyton Bomans, Brianna Younger, Gillian Duta, Natalie Geldart, Lyndzie Brizzi and Meghan Lewthwaite (Choreography Bryony Blake) filmed on the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre stage for remote competitions in 2021. (Submitted)
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
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)
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
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Where is the right place to put your hands on the wheel?

No longer generally acceptable to hold the steering wheel with your hands in the 10 and two position

  • Mar 21, 2021
Tim Schewe
Garlic is muscling its way through the frosty leaves. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Spring is when gardeners really bloom

We endure the elements, fortified by the knowledge that soon we can put away the wellies, long johns

  • Mar 20, 2021
Garlic is muscling its way through the frosty leaves. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Things that will not invalidate a traffic ticket

A violator’s signature is not required to make the ticket valid.

  • Mar 14, 2021
Tim Schewe
Garden helpers come in all shapes and sizes, including David Lowther with his tractor. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: The pros and cons of helping hands in the garden

Even the most grounded of us need an extra pair of hands.

  • Mar 13, 2021
Garden helpers come in all shapes and sizes, including David Lowther with his tractor. (Mary Lowther photo)
Catherine Babault will take viewers on a photo journey at the next meeting of the Cowichan Valley Naturalists on March 16, 2021. (Catherine Babault photo)

Arts and entertainment column: From the beauty of nature to the beauty of art

What’s going on in the Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment scene

Catherine Babault will take viewers on a photo journey at the next meeting of the Cowichan Valley Naturalists on March 16, 2021. (Catherine Babault photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Pedestrians have rights to use highways

A highway is not the exclusive domain of drivers.

  • Mar 7, 2021
Tim Schewe
Phaecelia used as a cover crop attracts bees and provides them with high quality nectar. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Cover crops keep soil healthy and productive

We don’t harvest a cover crop and instead dig the tops under when they’re immature and soft

  • Mar 6, 2021
Phaecelia used as a cover crop attracts bees and provides them with high quality nectar. (Mary Lowther photo)
Martha Jane McHardy displays her knitwear in one of the windows at Imagine That! in Duncan this month. (Submitted)

Arts and Entertainment column: Lots to see in Duncan in March

Funding success, painters show, folk art, tell your COVID story

Martha Jane McHardy displays her knitwear in one of the windows at Imagine That! in Duncan this month. (Submitted)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: The most important things you start doing this year

The book is entitled, Think Like a Monk

  • Feb 21, 2021
Chris Wilkinson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Be prepared for trouble!

Do I really need to make this trip?

  • Feb 21, 2021
Tim Schewe
I’ll be harvesting leaves from this Romaine lettuce next week. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Fresh garden veggies full of nutrients

Take folic acid, for example.

  • Feb 20, 2021
I’ll be harvesting leaves from this Romaine lettuce next week. (Mary Lowther photo)
The Cowichan Holstein Club wants your support in a fundraising lottery. (Submitted)
The Cowichan Holstein Club wants your support in a fundraising lottery. (Submitted)