Category Archives: Home & Garden

Do your homework before renting a property Investigating could save you grief in the long run

Last spring, I signed a lease to move into what I thought was a beautiful home, blissfully unaware of the nightmare that was about to unfold. Looking back, I have some tips to share on how others might avoid unintentionally placing themselves in a precarious housing situation. Continue reading Do your homework before renting a property Investigating could save you grief in the long run

Decorating affordably for the holidays Great tips to make your home look fantastic

KEVIN WONG & STEVEN TOWNSEND

For many people, the holiday season can put a strain on the old budget. So, if like us, you want to keep costs down and still have your home looking fabulous for when guests arrive, here are a few tips. Continue reading Decorating affordably for the holidays Great tips to make your home look fantastic

Putting a garden to bed for the winter Follow this to-do list before the snow falls

After a summer of enjoying the fruits and vegetables of our labours, autumn is the time to prepare the garden for spring by harvesting, pulling up plants, and composting.

While some plants can endure the frost, others can’t. Harvest plants such as tomatoes, peas, peppers, and squash as they ripen. Root vegetables can stay in the ground until it freezes.

Preparing the garden for spring is the last thing to do before winter. Continue reading Putting a garden to bed for the winter Follow this to-do list before the snow falls

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin Use the seeds or puree for all kinds of recipes

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It’s autumn, the season for Halloween, and by extension carving jack ‘o lanterns and sipping pumpkin spice lattes. But pumpkins are more than a mere decoration or seasonal latte; they are chock full of nutrients like potassium and vitamin C and make a great addition to many meals. Continue reading ‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin Use the seeds or puree for all kinds of recipes

Reasons why some homes burn and some don’t Reduce the chances of your house catching fire

In the Fort McMurray wildfires of 2016, some houses burned and others didn’t, even in the same neighbourhoods. According to fire prevention expert Alan Westhaver, this wasn’t purely due to luck. His work with the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction demonstrates reasons for the phenomenon, and it holds lessons on how to keep our homes safer from fire. Continue reading Reasons why some homes burn and some don’t Reduce the chances of your house catching fire