gardening

David’s mason bee house (minarets optional). (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Providing homes for new garden workers

That’s why David is making some mason bee nests

  • Jan 22, 2022

 

Got cabin fever? January is a good time to prepare for when we can finally get into the garden. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Curing cabin fever with garden prep

How can we gardeners retain our mental health when there isn’t enough daylight to grow moss?

  • Jan 15, 2022

 

Kale still manages to stay alive under the snow. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: What can gardeners do when it snows?

I can still harvest those hardy plants that survive winter frosts

  • Jan 8, 2022

 

Mason bee making a nest in a tunnel for her offspring. (Cheryl Trudell photo)

Mary Lowther column: Building bee dwellings and resolutions for the new year

I make the same three resolutions every year

  • Jan 1, 2022
Mason bee making a nest in a tunnel for her offspring. (Cheryl Trudell photo)
Witloof chicory roots getting planted into bucket of soil for winter salad. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Second chance for witloof chicory

Undaunted, I dug up the largest four in hopes that I’d get something

  • Dec 25, 2021
Witloof chicory roots getting planted into bucket of soil for winter salad. (Mary Lowther photo)
Time to do seed inventory in pantry. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column; Marking the seasons with seed catalogues

I am getting my spring seed catalogues before winter has become official!

  • Dec 18, 2021
Time to do seed inventory in pantry. (Mary Lowther photo)
This picture IS worth a thousand words, as Mary Lowther displays her top five gardening books. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Top 5 must-have gardening books

Why don’t you write a column about your favourite gardening books?

  • Dec 11, 2021
This picture IS worth a thousand words, as Mary Lowther displays her top five gardening books. (Mary Lowther photo)
Columnist Mary Lowther is making her own Christmas gifts with a little help from the garden. (Metro Creative photo)

Mary Lowther column: Making gifts from the garden

Spoiler alert for my family: if you want to be surprised, read no further!

  • Dec 4, 2021
Columnist Mary Lowther is making her own Christmas gifts with a little help from the garden. (Metro Creative photo)
Cider vinegar in the making. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Increasing the mineral content of soil without costly imports

My regular readers (both of you) will not be surprised when I…

  • Nov 27, 2021
Cider vinegar in the making. (Mary Lowther photo)
Nut encrusted kale chips make a great snack. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Dealing with the last of the veggie harvest

What then to do with my green tomatoes, unripe beans and squash, with leggy herbs?

  • Nov 20, 2021
Nut encrusted kale chips make a great snack. (Mary Lowther photo)
Supplies I use for tool maintenance, which should be done regularly to keep them in good shape. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Fall tool maintenance key to their longevity

I feel along all the wooden parts for cracks and nicks

  • Nov 13, 2021
Supplies I use for tool maintenance, which should be done regularly to keep them in good shape. (Mary Lowther photo)
Halloween means it’s garlic planting time. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Happy garlic season

Soft neck garlics produce more per acre and store better

  • Nov 6, 2021
Halloween means it’s garlic planting time. (Mary Lowther photo)
This phaecelia produced many seeds that I’m using as a cover crop. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Getting the cover crops in before the freeze

Fortunately our nights have been warm this past week

  • Oct 30, 2021
This phaecelia produced many seeds that I’m using as a cover crop. (Mary Lowther photo)
Conference pears are ready to pick. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Storing, canning and freezing the harvest

Gardening is rather like alchemy, except we get results

  • Oct 23, 2021
Conference pears are ready to pick. (Mary Lowther photo)
This five-year-old apple tree takes up only two feet of bed, and its branches reach sideways about five feet on each side. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Apple varieties abundant, easy to grow

I ate some of them and turned the rest into apple juice, from which I’ll make jelly

  • Oct 16, 2021
This five-year-old apple tree takes up only two feet of bed, and its branches reach sideways about five feet on each side. (Mary Lowther photo)
Hoses rolled up and ready to be covered to protect them from the elements. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Maintaining soaker hoses with the effort

Once the autumn rains come I remove the soaker hoses from the garden

  • Oct 9, 2021
Hoses rolled up and ready to be covered to protect them from the elements. (Mary Lowther photo)
I’ll cover these beets with a tunnel to extend their season. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Fall is the garden’s downhill run

That brief season of sensory bliss when we can taste the literal fruits of our labour

  • Oct 2, 2021
I’ll cover these beets with a tunnel to extend their season. (Mary Lowther photo)
My strawberry bed is overgrown and needs thinning. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Some secrets of growing strawberries

What few berries we could pry from their tightly clenched beaks were delicious

  • Sep 25, 2021
My strawberry bed is overgrown and needs thinning. (Mary Lowther photo)
An insulated cold frame for winter crops with the plastic windows removed. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Cold frames extend the gardening season

A cold frame is a solid structure that can sit over crops to extend their lives

  • Sep 18, 2021
An insulated cold frame for winter crops with the plastic windows removed. (Mary Lowther photo)
Grapes developing outside my bathroom window. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Grapes: small footprint, limited maintenance

I want to take them with me, which poses a propagation problem

  • Sep 11, 2021
Grapes developing outside my bathroom window. (Mary Lowther photo)