gardening

Mary Lowther column: A new garden interlude from David

I can’t claim I wasn’t warned.

  • Sep 12, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

Hybrid seeds often out-perform open pollinated

  • Aug 22, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Radishes as good as gold

Radishes grow quickly and need a lot of water.

  • Aug 15, 2020

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

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

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

Mary Lowther column: Growing out your own seeds

Some crops like tomatoes don’t cross pollinate well

  • Jul 11, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Pre-sprouting corn in paper towels

My new packet of spinach didn’t grow when I put the seeds directly into potting soil

  • Jul 4, 2020

Mary Lowther column: The many charms of alfalfa

A few years ago I bought a small packet of alfalfa seeds

  • Jun 27, 2020

Mary Lowther column: A good garden is in the watering

David says I’m two-timing the garden.

  • Jun 20, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Planting for a year round harvest

The mid-July sowings produce crops that will become large enough to take them through the winter

  • Jun 13, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Sometimes life gets in the way of gardening

The cover crop of winter rye still waves at me from the garden

  • Jun 6, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Nutrition in our food on the decline

When crops don’t contain the minerals they need, they cannot provide other nutrients we depend on.

  • May 30, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Starting seeds to beat the slugs, wood bugs

My favourite sorts of seedling starters are the plastic cells that fit inside trays

  • May 23, 2020

Mary Lowther column: On sowing seeds and watering efficiently

To get a jump on the season and avoid early spring predation, I sow most plants in flats inside

  • May 17, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Pantries as a way to store food

Houses used to be built with a cool room intended for food storage

  • May 9, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Keeping unwanted varmints out of the garden

Animals seem to think we planted our gardens just for them.

  • May 3, 2020

Mary Lowther column: Cover crops feed the soil and the bees

Until I read Gojmerac’s book on bees, I hadn’t realized the value of allowing cover crops to flower

  • Apr 27, 2020