Make your watercolours more interesting by adding texture with these simple tips and techniques.
Tile floors can be beautiful, care-free and long lasting. But replacing a cracked tile must be done carefully. Here's how.
Enjoy summer's golden colour in winter with delicious and nutritious soups created from butternut and other winter squashes.
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.
Delicious quinoa recipes for breakfast - so you can start your day with power!
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 stickers: "Wild Salmon Don't Do...
An illustrated guide to growing nine favorite perennial herbs. These common essential culinary herbs will grow year after year, giving you a fresh supply of herbs for your kitchen.
Peonies are featured in many art forms, from ancient Chinese paintings and lacquer ware to very modern and colourful body art.
Plant long-living peonies for beautiful blooms and attractive foliage. From snowy white to deep purples, these large scented blossoms add color and texture to gardens.
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 of the oldest cultivated...
Many plants grow better near some other plants. Find out how to use companion planting to keep damaging insects at bay, to promote better growth, and to enhance their harvest.
Golden BC, now a mecca of year round adventure, is a small village in the Columbia Valley of British Columbia, and my heart's home.
Did you know that planting two different plants close together can benefit the growth of both plants? Find out more about companion planting.
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.
Include climbers and vines in your landscape design to add a vertical interest. These plants have developed a variety of amazingly effective strategies to support themselves.
Every yard has a semi-shady corner - somewhere the sun penetrates only for a small part of the day. Here are six shade-tolerant herbs to light up that corner and liven up your meals.
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.
Grow your own hot peppers, and add some piquancy and heat to your cooking. Learn about the different varieties, which peppers are the hottest, and tips to grow your own hot peppers.
The best time for drying leafy herbs is just before they flower.
Discover five invasive and non-native plants that have disrupted the natural habitats of both flora and fauna in North America and cause ongoing problems in eradicating them.
Learn how to propagate shrubs by layering. Layering is a technique that can be used with shrubs, herbs, and groundcovers to start new plants.
Discover ten very different perennial ground covers, some for shade and others for sunny locations. Short descriptions and color photos are included.
How to avoid excess baggage charges, struggles with heavy bags and be the first out the door at the airport.
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 examples, from ground covers to shrubs.
Want to add zing and boldness to your garden beds? Add plants with hot colors- dynamic, vibrant reds, bright oranges and sunny yellows.
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 close bond. By wearing...
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 is known for its many exotic fruits, top quality seafood and fish, and countless varieties of potatoes. You can find familiar fast food chains in the larger cities, but why would you want to, when such an array of fresh, good food is available?
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 for heritage varieties,...
Grow your own fresh culinary herbs and add zest, flavour and even essential minerals and vitamins to your cooking. Recipes included!
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.
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.
How many zombies do see walking around, wires hanging from their ears, transfixed by tiny screens, typing messages to people who are sitting no more that 10 feet away.
Grow these seven easy-to-grow culinary herbs and add flavour, aroma and healthy minerals to your cooking and beauty to your garden.
Discover sheet mulching—a fast, easy way to build a new raised planting bed without the hassle of digging and removing sod.
Plant a tea garden of herbs and flowers to create an endless variety of refreshing herb teas, all home grown, organic and freshly picked.
Softwood plant propagation is just as easy as taking hardwood cuttings and many ornamental perennials are increased this way.
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 medium, such as peat moss,...
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.
Problems with poor soil, rampant weeds, or your aching back? Raised bed gardens may be just the answer you're looking for.