gardening

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

 

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’

 

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

 

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Be careful what you ask for. Mary Lowther digs in to the new garden plot husband David cleared for her. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: A new garden interlude from David

I can’t claim I wasn’t warned.

  • Sep 12, 2020
Be careful what you ask for. Mary Lowther digs in to the new garden plot husband David cleared for her. (Mary Lowther photo)
Cold frame insulated and ready to go. Bungy cords hold the windows on the frame.
(Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Cold frames are essential for winter gardening

A cold frame is a solid structure that covers crops to keep them warmer than the outside

  • Sep 5, 2020
Cold frame insulated and ready to go. Bungy cords hold the windows on the frame.
(Mary Lowther photo)
Kohlrabi leaves burst with nutrition. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Leaves of cruciferous veggies unsung nutritional heroes

One cup of broccoli leaves contain 100 per cent of the RDA of vitamin C

  • Sep 3, 2020
Kohlrabi leaves burst with nutrition. (Mary Lowther photo)
Early Girl hybrid tomatoes produce reliably and abundantly. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Hybrid veggie varieties can be great choice for the garden

Hybrid seeds often out-perform open pollinated

  • Aug 22, 2020
Early Girl hybrid tomatoes produce reliably and abundantly. (Mary Lowther photo)
Today’s radish harvest, Aug. 6, 2020. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Radishes as good as gold

Radishes grow quickly and need a lot of water.

  • Aug 15, 2020
Today’s radish harvest, Aug. 6, 2020. (Mary Lowther photo)
New seeds are ready to sow for a fall and winter garden. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Time to plan the winter garden

Weeds have gotten away on me, I’ve just finished laying out my soaker hoses

  • Aug 8, 2020
New seeds are ready to sow for a fall and winter garden. (Mary Lowther photo)
David demonstrating how he and the cat stretch after a gardening workout (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Cool down exercises ease the summer gardening strain

Cornucopias of vegetables don’t arrive at the table by themselves.

  • Aug 1, 2020
David demonstrating how he and the cat stretch after a gardening workout (Mary Lowther photo)
Flax plants beginning to flower. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Choosing crops: how much processing do you want to do?

The oats and quinoa were more trouble to process than an old granny lady like me cared to deal with.

  • Jul 18, 2020
Flax plants beginning to flower. (Mary Lowther photo)
Transplanted corn seedlings plus one acorn squash at the end with Remay ready to cover the bed. Once roots are established it’s safe to remove the Remay. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Growing out your own seeds

Some crops like tomatoes don’t cross pollinate well

  • Jul 11, 2020
Transplanted corn seedlings plus one acorn squash at the end with Remay ready to cover the bed. Once roots are established it’s safe to remove the Remay. (Mary Lowther photo)