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My name is Nicolette (Nicki) Goff, and I'm a wife, mother and a grandmother, living on Canada's West Coast. Some of the other roles I've enjoyed in life are teacher, librarian, business co-owner, artist, weaver, internet entrepreneur, traveller, gardener, and lifelong learner.

Have a look through my garden blog, Through Nana's Garden Gate.

I love the outdoors, hiking, painting, gardening, cooking, enjoying time with my granddaughters and grandson, and reading.

I'm privileged to live in one of the best places on Earth - BC's beautiful Vancouver Island. Here, I have daily inspiration from the beauty that surrounds me and the unique and talented people that live here. 

Since I love cooking and gardening, I have writtten several books on these topics. All are available through Amazon, both as Kindle e-books and as paperbacks, under author name "Nicolette Goff".

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  • How to Replace Cracked or Broken Floor Tiles
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    How to Replace Cracked or Broken Floor Tiles

    8 months ago

    Tile floors can be beautiful, care-free and long lasting. But replacing a cracked tile must be done carefully. Here's how.

  • Butternut Squash for Delicious Winter Soups
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    Butternut Squash for Delicious Winter Soups

    5 years ago

    Pale golden in color, with rich orange flesh, this winter squash is one of my favorites. It is pear shaped, with a cavity containing seeds in the bottom rounded end.  It has a sweet flavor, similar to the common...

  • Troublesome Garden Ornamentals- Tough or Invasive?
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    Troublesome Garden Ornamentals- Tough or Invasive?

    3 years ago

    Some garden ornamentals are just plain troublesome and invasive. Here's a selection of some of the tough plants you may want to reconsider before adding them to your flower beds and gardens.

  • Quinoa for Breakfast - Delicious and a Nutrient Powerhouse
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    Quinoa for Breakfast - Delicious and a Nutrient Powerhouse

    13 months ago

    Delicious quinoa recipes for breakfast - so you can start your day with power!

  • The Best Salmon Fillets
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    The Best Salmon Fillets

    2 years ago

    Lucky me to live on the west coast of Canada, where I have access to fresh wild salmon! For this recipe, you'll want to choose fillets of wild sockeye. The thing to remember here is often seen on local bumper...

  • Eight Herbs for Your Perennial Herb Garden
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    Eight Herbs for Your Perennial Herb Garden

    8 months ago

    An illustrated guide to growing eight favorite perennial herbs. These common essential culinary herbs will grow year after year, giving you a fresh supply of herbs for your kitchen.

  • Natural Ways to Better Health
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    Natural Ways to Better Health

    4 years ago

    Every year, it seems, we are bombarded with a 'new pandemic', and this year, it just happens to be the commonly named Swine Flu. Drug companies and governments jump on this, looking for just one more way to keep the...

  • Blueberries - Breakfast Powerhouse
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    Blueberries - Breakfast Powerhouse

    5 years ago

    It's blueberry season, and if you're like me at all, you'll be making the most of these delicious and nutritious berries.The nutritional value of blueberries make them one of the most healthy foods we can eat, and also...

  • Summer Luminaria
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    Summer Luminaria

    7 years ago

    Add some novel lighting to your yard or deck with luminaria - simple candle holders that protect the flame from the breezes and light up a path or shrubbery.

  • Peonies in Art and Life
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    Peonies in Art and Life

    8 months ago

    Peonies are featured in many art forms, from ancient Chinese paintings and lacquer ware to very modern and colourful body art.

  • Plant Peonies for Beauty
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    Plant Peonies for Beauty

    3 years ago

    Plant long-living peonies for beautiful blooms and attractive foliage. From snowy white to deep purples, these large blossoms add color and texture to gardens.

  • My Dad and ALS
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    My Dad and ALS

    5 years ago

    ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease is an insidious and deadly disease, causing physical deterioration of the nerves, and inevitably leading to complete paralysis and death.

  • Brassicas for Health
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    Brassicas for Health

    5 years ago

    The brassica family of vegetables- more commonly referred to as the cabbage family - or cruciferous vegetables - can be one of your best nutrition buys. They are nutritious, high in dietary fiber, low in calories,...

  • Beautiful Nutritious Kale
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    Beautiful Nutritious Kale

    7 years ago

    Are you looking for a plant that has multiple faces - nutritionally rich, easy to grow, and beautiful enough to use as an ornamental? Then some of the varieties of Kale may be just what your garden needs. Kale is one...

  • Control Insects with Companion Plants
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    Control Insects with Companion Plants

    7 years ago

    Organic gardeners know that biodiversity makes for a healthy and beautiful garden, and that certain plant combinations have the extraordinary capability for helping each other grow. While scientific study of companion...

  • Golden, BC  for Year Round Adventure
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    Golden, BC for Year Round Adventure

    5 years ago

    Summer's coming, and the mountains are spectacular! I was born in, and grew up around Golden BC, a small village in the Columbia Valley of British Columbia. Some of my best memories are of long summer days, hiking in...

  • Companion Planting - Benefits for Your Garden
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    Companion Planting - Benefits for Your Garden

    8 months ago

    Did you know that planting two different plants close together can benefit the growth of both plants? Find out more about companion planting.

  • Window Boxes - Adding Beauty to Homes
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    Window Boxes - Adding Beauty to Homes

    3 years ago

    Add window boxes to your home for beautiful impact and charm. Here you'll find ideas for what plants work well, different types of window boxes and even planting tips.

  • Vines and Climbers to Enhance Your Garden
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    Vines and Climbers to Enhance Your Garden

    8 months ago

    Passion Flowers Nicolette Goff Climbers are a great element to include in a landscape design. We appreciate them for both their flowers and their foliage effects. They can be trained to climb a variety of structures...

  • Six Herbs for a Shady Corner
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    Six Herbs for a Shady Corner

    7 years ago

    Every yard has a semi-shady corner - somewhere the sun penetrates only for a small part of the day. Perhaps its in the lee of some trees or shrubs, or maybe a boundary fence blocks the sun. Instead of settling for...

  • Romantic Wisteria
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    Romantic Wisteria

    8 months ago

    With its long pannicles of soft blossoms varying in colour from white to pink to lavender, wisteria adds a romantic touch to arbours, pergolas and fences.

  • Growing Hot Peppers
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    Growing Hot Peppers

    2 weeks ago

    Grow your own hot peppers, and add some piquancy and heat to your cooking. Find out the different varieties, which peppers are the hottest, and tips to grow your own hot peppers.

  • Daylilies for Every Garden
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    Daylilies for Every Garden

    7 years ago

    If you're looking for a drought resistant, long lived, hardy  and easy to care for perennial to solve some of your landscaping problems, then daylilies may be just what you're looking for. With their arching sword...

  • Project Gutenberg
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    Project Gutenberg

    7 years ago

    Have you ever remembered a book that you had or read in childhood, but that is no longer in print, and you can't find it anywhere? You've checked in libraries, online, and explored all the used book stores with...

  • Common Sleep Problems
    0

    Common Sleep Problems

    5 years ago

    Are you one of millions of people who think life would be pretty good….if you could just get some sleep? Just feeling tired or drowsy is only one negative result from getting too little sleep. Sleep loss can have...

  • Drying Leafy Herbs
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    Drying Leafy Herbs

    7 years ago

    In my herb garden, the thyme, oregano and sage are just starting to show their flower buds, reminding me that this is the best time to be drying some now for winter use. I love to use fresh herbs in my cooking, but hate...

  • How to Make Your Gardening Easier
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    How to Make Your Gardening Easier

    7 years ago

    Gardening is enjoyable, rewarding, relaxing hard work. There is always something to do - watering, weeding, planting, harvesting... Most gardeners enjoy the time they spend working in their gardens, but there comes a...

  • Invasive Plants
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    Invasive Plants

    3 years ago

    Discover the 5 invasive plants that are disrupting natural habitats in North America.

  • Layering for New Plants
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    Layering for New Plants

    8 months ago

    Learn how to propagate shrubs by layering. Layering is a technique that can be used with shrubs, herbs and groundcovers to start new plants.

  • Cold Weather Gardening
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    Cold Weather Gardening

    7 years ago

    With a bit of preparation now and throughout the summer, you can extend your garden harvest by a month or two. How can you get fresh lettuce for Thanksgiving, spinach for salad at Christmas or Chinese cabbage or...

  • Invasion of the Garden Snatchers
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    Invasion of the Garden Snatchers

    7 years ago

    I'm one of those garden nuts who can't pass up any opportunity to visit a nursery, a church plant sale, or just a friend's garden (especially when that friend likes sharing). I lived in frozen northern Alberta for 30...

  • Ten Perennial Groundcovers
    4

    Ten Perennial Groundcovers

    8 months ago

    Discover ten very different perennial ground covers, some for shade and others for sunny locations. Short descriptions and color photos are included

  • Savvy Packing for Travel
    3

    Savvy Packing for Travel

    10 months ago

    How to avoid excess baggage charges, struggles with heavy bags and be the first out the door at the airport.

  • Labyrinths
    2

    Labyrinths

    5 years ago

    Labyrinths have long had a place in man's search for spirituality.

  • Fragrance Gardens
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    Fragrance Gardens

    22 months ago

    What could be more wonderful than strolling through a flower garden full of scent and fragrance and in bloom all season from spring through fall? Everyone, gardener or just visitor, loves a fragrant flower, whether...

  • Shade Gardens
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    Shade Gardens

    2 years ago

    Designing and planting a shade garden is one way to create a cool summer oasis in a part of your yard. Many attractive plants grow well in shade and here you'll find ones from ground covers to shrubs.

  • Heat Up Your Garden With Reds
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    Heat Up Your Garden With Reds

    8 months ago

    Want to add zing and boldness to your garden beds? How about a garden themed with hot colors- dynamic, vibrant reds, bright oranges and sunny yellows?

  • Gardening With Rocks
    2

    Gardening With Rocks

    7 years ago

    Using rock adds textures, colours and definition to any landscape design when you work with what nature has provided.

  • Hiking the West Coast Trail
    3

    Hiking the West Coast Trail

    4 years ago

    The West Coast Trail runs across cliff tops, through rain forest, and along beaches, through 50 miles of the most spectacular and challenging terrain of Vancouver Island's west coast. Now part of the Pacific Rim...

  • HubMob Weekly Topic : Wear Your Baby
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    HubMob Weekly Topic : Wear Your Baby

    7 years ago

    Baby wearing is one of the oldest traditions in cultures around the world. It's essential for a baby's best development to have strong physical contact with his caregivers, and equally essential for the parents, to...

  • Create a Bird Friendly Garden
    5

    Create a Bird Friendly Garden

    5 years ago

    Can you imagine a garden without birds - no spring robin, hopping about and searching for food. No tiny hummingbirds zipping from flower to flower. No little brown sparrows or black-capped chickadees scratching under...

  • Growing Rhododendrons
    2

    Growing Rhododendrons

    7 years ago

    The Rhododendron Garden Rhodos and azaleas are two of the most beautiful woodland plants that can thrive in your garden. There are over 1000 varieties of rhododendrons, most with showy, colorful flower displays. They...

  • Ecuador Artists
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    Ecuador Artists

    2 years ago

    Ecuador art can be unique, charming, diverse, and historical at the same time. Musicians, painters, weavers, potters, silversmiths, knitters and carvers share their work.

  • Ecuador Food
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    Ecuador Food

    8 months ago

    Ecuador is known for its many exotic fruits, top quality seafood and fish, and countless varieties of potatoes. Regional dishes tantalize the palate and may just surprise you in their presentation

  • Planning and Planting Your Vegetable Garden
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    Planning and Planting Your Vegetable Garden

    3 years ago

    The real fun of gardening is in the planning and planting. Gardening seed catalogs start appearing in the mailbox in January, and by month end they are totally thumbed and marked up. You've checked the online sources...

  • Roses for Your Valentine
    3

    Roses for Your Valentine

    13 months ago

    My sweetie and I love to travel to places that are a little out of the way. Over the past five years, we've become fascinated and enamored with the small Andean country of Ecuador. We first started reading about it in...

  • Garden Fresh Culinary Herbs
    4

    Garden Fresh Culinary Herbs

    7 months ago

    Grow your own fresh culinary herbs and add zest, flavour and even essential minerals and vitamins to your cooking. Recipes included!

  • Quinoa: the Andean Superfood
    0

    Quinoa: the Andean Superfood

    2 years ago

    Discover the historical story of quinoa, why you should include this super-nutritious food in your diet, and even several recipes to get you started.

  • Low Carbs vs Slow Carbs: Include Whole Grains for Health
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    Low Carbs vs Slow Carbs: Include Whole Grains for Health

    2 months ago

    Include whole grains in your diet as a source of complex carbohydrates, plant proteins and minerals. Discover a wide variety of grains and seeds that you can add to your diet.

  • Make Your Soup
    9

    Make Your Soup

    8 years ago

    Aaah! Soup - that basic sustaining pot of warming nourishment! The word 'soup' has evolved from the Germanic 'sop', originally a piece of bread, over which the pottage or broth was poured. You can easily see that our...

  • Hobbies for Women
    26

    Hobbies for Women

    19 months ago

    Refresh and renew your life and spirits, fulfill your creative self and improve your well-being with a hobby. Discover your hidden talents and build on them to find an outlet of creativity.

  • Unplug Unwind Have Fun
    1

    Unplug Unwind Have Fun

    8 years ago

    How many zombies do you know? They're seen walking around, wires hanging from their ears, cellphones up to their ear, transfixed by tiny screens, typing messages to people who are sitting no more that 10 feet away. They...

  • Plant a Carnivorous
    0

    Plant a Carnivorous

    8 years ago

    Being a gardener doesn't have to be dull. If you want something unique, carnivorous plants are bound to get attention. From the common Venus Flytrap to the Cobra plant, these unusual plants have fascinated nature...

  • Wrap up Thanksgiving Turkey
    2

    Wrap up Thanksgiving Turkey

    8 years ago

    Of all the holiday gatherings, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are the most anticipated. The crowning glory is often a glorious stuffed turkey, big enough to feed a dozen at least. Crisp golden skin, rich brown...

  • Historical Haiku
    0

    Historical Haiku

    8 years ago

    Haiku are a form of Japanese poetry, with a maximum number of seventeen 'on', or what we think of as syllables, in a 5-7-5 syllabic pattern. They are most familiar as three line poems, but are also written as one...

  • My Life So Far
    9

    My Life So Far

    2 years ago

    A few days ago, I got an email from Greg B., aka Froggy 213, asking me if I was up to accepting a nomination as hubber of the week. I'd joined his fan club, and have been deeply moved by his story and his personal...

  • Two Puttanesca Pasta Sauce Recipes
    3

    Two Puttanesca Pasta Sauce Recipes

    8 years ago

    Pasta lovers - two recipes for puttanesca pasta sauce for your enjoyment. Do you know how the sauce got its name? Check out the page to find out!

  • Seven Essential Kitchen Garden Herbs
    6

    Seven Essential Kitchen Garden Herbs

    8 years ago

    Historically, herbs have been used as remedies for illnesses, flavoring, storing with linens, strewing on floors, or burning for their pleasant fragrances. Some were used to improve the taste of meats in the days before...

  • Fall Scone Recipes
    0

    Fall Scone Recipes

    8 years ago

    Many years ago, my mother-in-law introduced me to scones. Hers were always delicious, and I've used her recipe, with my own variations, for years. Why not introduce some of the fresh, seasonal fall produce to make these...

  • Yummy Simple Chicken Recipe
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    Yummy Simple Chicken Recipe

    8 years ago

    We're spicy food lovers, and we're always looking for a new recipe to try out. This one is my adaptation from one of our favourite restaurants in Edmonton, 'The Louisiana Purchase'. It's really simple to prepare and...

  • Make a New Garden Bed with Sheet Mulching
    4

    Make a New Garden Bed with Sheet Mulching

    8 months ago

    Discover sheet mulching - a fast, easy way to build a new raised planting bed without the hassle of digging and removing sod.

  • Grow a Tea Garden
    3

    Grow a Tea Garden

    8 years ago

    Wouldn't you love to take the teapot into the garden, and fill it with an impromptu collection of fresh herbs for your morning cuppa? With your own tea garden of herbs and flowers, you can create an endless variety of...

  • Ideal Transplanting Time
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    Ideal Transplanting Time

    22 months ago

    Fall is the best season for dividing and transplanting, giving those plants you move a chance to settle in before winter. Here's how to transplant.

  • Plant Propagation Part 2
    1

    Plant Propagation Part 2

    8 years ago

    Softwood plant propagation is just as easy as taking hardwood cuttings. Take softwood cuttings from vigorous new non-flowering shoots with 3 or 4 pairs of leaves. Do this when the parent plant is in a growing spurt....

  • Plant Propagation from Cuttings
    2

    Plant Propagation from Cuttings

    8 years ago

    Plant propagation is fun and easy. One of the easiest ways to propagate certain types of plants is by taking and rooting cuttings. Plant cuttings are parts of a parent plant that are severed and then placed in a rooting...

  • Get Ready to Paint
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    Get Ready to Paint

    8 years ago

    Berries Blue Setting up the watercolor workspace for efficiency and ease of use is a simple matter. If you’re a beginning watercolorist, you’ll minimize the possibility for possibly disastrous accidents...

  • Is Your Mind Set for Success?
    0

    Is Your Mind Set for Success?

    2 years ago

    In order to succeed - in business and in life - you must have the mindset for success. Here are 7 steps to take to ensure business success. See if you can adapt them for success in other areas of life.

  • Suitcase Importing
    3

    Suitcase Importing

    5 years ago

    The craft markets in Ecuador are huge fun - dozens of vendors offering all sizes of beautiful tapestries for wall and floor; huge stacks of hand and machine knitted sweaters, all 'alpaca'; soft cotton shawls of all...

  • Change...Your Habits!
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    Change...Your Habits!

    8 years ago

    Habits - we all have them. We learn them from our parents, our teachers, our peers, our own quirks. Sometimes, it pays to change them - but first we need to recognize them.

  • Advantages of Raised Bed Gardening
    1

    Advantages of Raised Bed Gardening

    5 years ago

    Problems with poor soil, rampant weeds, or your aching back? Raised bed gardens may be just the answer you're looking for.

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