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

RCP CONTRIBUTOR COLLABORATION

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

The gift of rescuing each other’s fruit Harvest season is fruitful in more ways than one

As a resident of our mature neighbourhoods, I don’t have to go far to find people with more backyard fruit than they can use. I have access to raspberries, sour cherries, apples, and more. I spend the better part of August and September in a flurry of canning, juicing, freezing, and dehydrating. Continue reading The gift of rescuing each other’s fruit Harvest season is fruitful in more ways than one

Learn about herbal plants with new programming Community herbalist is connecting people and plants

Some herbalists grow herbs, some see clients, and some teach. I connect plants and people. More and more, urbanites want to learn about the plants around them and connect with them for food and wellness. Continue reading Learn about herbal plants with new programming Community herbalist is connecting people and plants

Local historical home gets a facelift Achieving historical designation is giving the house new life

Knocking on the front door of the house 11425 95A St was tricky. The porch was being renovated, resulting in piles of broken concrete and earth. A deep pit was in front of the door. It would have taken the legs of an athlete to vault over the pit and knock. Walking to the back entrance gave me an opportunity to take in the historic exterior and find co-owner Sara Melli. Continue reading Local historical home gets a facelift Achieving historical designation is giving the house new life

Kids abuzz about bee course Young beekeepers find community at Northlands

The parking lot south of Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino hides an urban treasure. Guarded by a chain-link fence and slotted between turret-like satellite dishes, five bustling honeybee hives sit on a grass island dubbed Pollination Park.

As the training ground for the Northlands Youth Beekeeping Project, Pollination Park allows amateur apiarists to learn about honeybees and gain hive handling experience. Continue reading Kids abuzz about bee course Young beekeepers find community at Northlands

Turning vacant lots into lush gardens Local resident pitches solution for landowners

Vacant and underutilized lots can become an eyesore. For the most part, they lay bare, except for stray litter that blows in and finds its forever home.

Paul Farquhar has come up with a remedy: turn that land into gardens for community members to use. Continue reading Turning vacant lots into lush gardens Local resident pitches solution for landowners