Cut Through the Dining Doldrums
FREE | 20 Recipes for Simple Dining Book

Eating simple, healthy meals doesn't have to be boring. No more plain baked chicken and plain salad.


Chrysanthemums: Mums for Moms

The chrysanthemum was first cultivated in China in the 15th century and was introduced to the Western world during the...

With Flying Colours

Spring is, as they say, bustin’ out all over, and some of the most visible activity in our gardens comes...

Garden of Enchantment

To stroll through the garden of Margaret Baxter in one of the leafy purlieus of Greater Victoria is to feel...

Dilly Beans

• 2 quarts (2.2 L) whole green beans • 4 whole heads of fresh dill, one per jar...

Bountiful Beans

While it may be possible to buy beans in season at your local supermarket, nothing compares to these tasty morsels...

Sweet Beets

Are your beet roots bitter or stunted? This is not uncommon in coastal areas of B.C. where soil can be...

Cucumbers Revealed

Gardeners often complain that their cucumber plants stop producing fruit early in the season. How can this be prevented? The...

Eye on Potatoes

Did you know that if whole, sprouted seed potatoes are planted in the spring, your potato yield will almost double?

Rambling Roses

All gardeners can name the time each year when their garden reaches its peak, the moment that they wait all...


So I brought in lavenders, phormiums, and thrift - by the dozen - Achemilla mollis (lady's mantle) rhizomes by the...

Prolong Perennial Blooms

Planning an early-autumn outdoor wedding? Prolong or delay the flowering of hardy perennials by selective hard-pruning. When monkshood (Aconitum spp.) reaches...

Grow Apples in Your Backyard

Growing beautiful and delicious backyard apples isn’t hard to do in south coastal B.C. Diseases and insects can be a...

Dry Flowers

A bloom that was perfect only a day ago can quickly become a little tired, or succumb to a hungry...

Tomato Tips

Gardeners generally associate any abnormal plant development with a plant disease. Some diseases are a result of an infectious organism,

Currants and Gooseberries

Common garden fruits in Europe, these tasty berries are adding flavour to B.C.'s kitchen gardens.

Hats On: Sun Protection!

Time flies – especially in the garden! Don't forget to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun.

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