gardening

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

 

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

 

Lettuce seedlings ready to be transplanted into the cold frame, and leek seedlings transplanted outside. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Things to do in the February garden lull

On days when it’s not raining I can tend to the espaliered fruit trees.

  • Feb 13, 2021

 

Seeds from the batch of these carrots harvested two years ago should still be viable. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Sow to eat your own carrots year-round

Carrots grow best in loose soil that hasn’t been recently manured.

  • Feb 6, 2021
Seeds from the batch of these carrots harvested two years ago should still be viable. (Mary Lowther photo)
Cowichan Green Community is going virtual with Seedy Saturday this year. (Submitted)

Mary Lowther column: Cowichan Green Community a good seed resource

The Green Community is also holding virtual workshops on Jan. 30

  • Jan 28, 2021
Cowichan Green Community is going virtual with Seedy Saturday this year. (Submitted)
Peas are great to grow in the garden, but a trellis for them in an A frame shape will offer more portability and wind resistance. (Citizen file)

Mary Lowther column: Making a foldable pea trellis on winter agenda

My previous methods required starting anew every spring

  • Jan 23, 2021
Peas are great to grow in the garden, but a trellis for them in an A frame shape will offer more portability and wind resistance. (Citizen file)
Staff meetings can be difficult when everyone has his own agenda. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Garden additions at request of staff

I’ll sow the catnip in flats on the seed table inside

  • Jan 16, 2021
Staff meetings can be difficult when everyone has his own agenda. (Mary Lowther photo)
Gardening is much easier with a plan. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Gardening is easier with a plan

Since we’re moving the garden to another property down the road, I’m adapting my garden plan.

  • Jan 9, 2021
Gardening is much easier with a plan. (Mary Lowther photo)
Preparing witloof roots to force to grow chicons in the winter. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Trying out witloof chicory for winter salads

Some witloof chicory is grown for the chicons that develop during winter

  • Jan 2, 2021
Preparing witloof roots to force to grow chicons in the winter. (Mary Lowther photo)
Brussels sprouts are still sprouting in the garden in December. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Still eating from the garden in December!

Hardy herbs like parsley and rosemary sit on a sunny shelf in an unheated room

  • Dec 26, 2020
Brussels sprouts are still sprouting in the garden in December. (Mary Lowther photo)
Kale provides great nutrition all year round. (Submitted)

Mary Lowther column: Kale has long history, and long list of nutrients

Egyptians ate it, 4,000 year old Chinese pottery contains fossilized kale remnants

  • Dec 19, 2020
Kale provides great nutrition all year round. (Submitted)
One filing system for seed packets. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Time to organize for next year’s seed

We should know what we already have in stock and calculate if they’re still viable.

  • Dec 12, 2020
One filing system for seed packets. (Mary Lowther photo)
My most versatile tool, a pocket knife, is something I always carry on my person. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Pocket knife an invaluable tool

Ever since I read that story, I bought pocket knives for myself and every member of my family

  • Dec 5, 2020
My most versatile tool, a pocket knife, is something I always carry on my person. (Mary Lowther photo)
Heating cable laid in the cold frame, awaiting the layer of sand. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Greenhouse growing in the winter

I have a heating cable I’ve never used that I’m contemplating putting to work in the cold frame

  • Nov 28, 2020
Heating cable laid in the cold frame, awaiting the layer of sand. (Mary Lowther photo)
These herbs, grown under lights, should be ready by Christmas. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Making Christmas gifts from the garden

It’s not too early to get the ball rolling on presents we can make

  • Nov 21, 2020
These herbs, grown under lights, should be ready by Christmas. (Mary Lowther photo)
A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)
Two hoses rolled up, impersonating snakes and ready to go under cover. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Why can’t hoses untangle themselves?

Why can’t they modify rubber plants with snake DNA so hoses will be able to untangle themselves?

  • Nov 14, 2020
Two hoses rolled up, impersonating snakes and ready to go under cover. (Mary Lowther photo)
Bruce and Jeannette Dodds’ Georgian Fire garlic. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Garlic mould forces big move

Lovely bed, three feet wide and 60 feet long that gets lots of sun

  • Nov 7, 2020
Bruce and Jeannette Dodds’ Georgian Fire garlic. (Mary Lowther photo)
Guy Patten harvesting the latest crop of potatoes from a pot. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Growing veggies in pots works like a charm for Honeymoon Bay gardener

One pot about two feet deep and one foot around produced four pounds, five ounces of potatoes

  • Oct 31, 2020
Guy Patten harvesting the latest crop of potatoes from a pot. (Mary Lowther photo)
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)