gardening

Seedlings that soon will be ready to set outside. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Time to sow veggies, and start thinking about next year’s seed sources

I’m hearing that some gardeners in the States cannot find seed packets for sale

  • Apr 19, 2020
Seedlings that soon will be ready to set outside. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mill Bay Plantaholics are holding a charity plant sale via email this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (submitted)

Here’s a sale for all you Cowichan plantaholics

The money will be used to support two important activities.

  • Apr 17, 2020
Mill Bay Plantaholics are holding a charity plant sale via email this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (submitted)
Putting out some water is important for bees during hot, dry weather. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Bees are a must-have for any garden

Unless it gets too dry or hot, bees will happily pollinate until early August.

  • Apr 10, 2020
Putting out some water is important for bees during hot, dry weather. (Mary Lowther photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich mayor receives his foster bees through pollinator rental program

‘I feel like I’m an adoptive father,’ Fred Haynes says of his rented mason bee colony

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Homemade hand and face cream. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Using COVID-19 downtime in the garden

David will quote an old Farsi saying: “Lick up the honey and ask no questions.”

  • Mar 26, 2020
Homemade hand and face cream. (Mary Lowther photo)
A wartime recipe book has some suggestions about making do. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Turning to the garden and getting inventive when the unexpected happens

The recent possibility of quarantine reminds me of the blockade of the UK during WWII

  • Mar 19, 2020
A wartime recipe book has some suggestions about making do. (Mary Lowther photo)
These baby roses started out as cuttings. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Everything is coming up roses this spring

David is not the only one this made happy; the bush crawls with bees just when I need them.

  • Mar 12, 2020
These baby roses started out as cuttings. (Mary Lowther photo)
Six-inch diameter pumpkin produced 1 cup of flour. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Got squash staring at you, threatening to go bad?

All winter squash contain an abundance of nutrients

  • Mar 5, 2020
Six-inch diameter pumpkin produced 1 cup of flour. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tomato clones transplanted and safely ensconced within Walls O’ Waters in greenhouse. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: An experiment with early cloned tomatoes

Six of the 12 sprouts I potted up survived

  • Feb 27, 2020
Tomato clones transplanted and safely ensconced within Walls O’ Waters in greenhouse. (Mary Lowther photo)
Orchard bees laid their eggs in two holes in my patio door handle and filled the holes with clay. They haven’t hatched out yet, but it won’t be long. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Attracting beneficial insects to the garden

If we’re lucky, our own oases of pesticide-free gardens and farms will continue to buzz

  • Feb 20, 2020
Orchard bees laid their eggs in two holes in my patio door handle and filled the holes with clay. They haven’t hatched out yet, but it won’t be long. (Mary Lowther photo)
Beekeepers like Frank in Lytton face bee colony collapse. (submitted)

Mary Lowther column: Bee problems are telling us about the state of our planet

“Beekeeping as an industry will likely be dead soon if something doesn’t change.”

  • Jan 23, 2020
Beekeepers like Frank in Lytton face bee colony collapse. (submitted)
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Buying business included a steep learning curve for owner Robin Knox

  • Jun 24, 2019
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre