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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)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)

Alistair MacGregor column: Safe supply pilot project will help save lives

Drug usage already exists within our community.

  • Aug 10, 2020
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)
Drivesmart column: Mandatory alcohol screening

Drivesmart column: Mandatory alcohol screening

If you have to drive, don’t drink. If you drink, don’t drive.

  • Aug 9, 2020
Drivesmart column: Mandatory alcohol screening
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)
North Cowichan council. (Citizen file)

Guest column: I come not to praise council nor to bury it

It is time to begin a conversation.

  • Aug 4, 2020
North Cowichan council. (Citizen file)
Sonia Furstenau column: MCFD needs overhaul of requirements for social workers

Sonia Furstenau column: MCFD needs overhaul of requirements for social workers

BCASW advocating for mandatory registration for social workers with B.C. College of Social Workers.

  • Aug 3, 2020
Sonia Furstenau column: MCFD needs overhaul of requirements for social workers
Chris Wilkinson column: An ode to my caregiver

Chris Wilkinson column: An ode to my caregiver

You help keep me safe. You help keep me strong.

  • Aug 3, 2020
Chris Wilkinson column: An ode to my caregiver
Drivesmart column: Advisory bike lanes: what should you do?

Drivesmart column: Advisory bike lanes: what should you do?

Imagine a narrow road that has no markings at all used by drivers

  • Aug 2, 2020
Drivesmart column: Advisory bike lanes: what should you do?
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)
CVAC has arts camps for kids in August with leaders Victoria Blouin, left and Taylor McClement. (submitted)
CVAC has arts camps for kids in August with leaders Victoria Blouin, left and Taylor McClement. (submitted)
Drivesmart column: 10 questions and 10 answers

Drivesmart column: 10 questions and 10 answers

It’s time to deal with all the questions in the DriveSmartBC inbox

  • Jul 19, 2020
Drivesmart column: 10 questions and 10 answers
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)
Sarah Simpson Column: Ice cream is the ultimate motivation

Sarah Simpson Column: Ice cream is the ultimate motivation

This past weekend I picked a hike near Mill Bay just so we could hit up Sweet Meadows market

Sarah Simpson Column: Ice cream is the ultimate motivation
Drivesmart column: What does a traffic cop do?

Drivesmart column: What does a traffic cop do?

I think most people see a traffic cop as someone who writes speeding tickets

  • Jul 12, 2020
Drivesmart column: What does a traffic cop do?
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)
Drivesmart column: Traffic calming in your neighbourhood

Drivesmart column: Traffic calming in your neighbourhood

Since the police are only part of the solution, what are the alternatives?

  • Jul 5, 2020
Drivesmart column: Traffic calming in your neighbourhood
These pre-sprouted corn seeds are ready to be potted. (Mary Lowther photo)

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
These pre-sprouted corn seeds are ready to be potted. (Mary Lowther photo)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring. (File photo)

North Cowichan mayor answers questions about new RCMP detachment

The current building went up in 1980, when there were 30 people working there.

  • Jul 2, 2020
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring. (File photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Slowing too soon for the intersection?

I will admit from the start that I am one of those drivers

  • Jun 28, 2020
Tim Schewe
A small stand of alfalfa grown in shade, contaminated with a bit of buttercup that has seen its last days. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: The many charms of alfalfa

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

  • Jun 27, 2020
A small stand of alfalfa grown in shade, contaminated with a bit of buttercup that has seen its last days. (Mary Lowther photo)