Judie Steeves

Make Water Work: Time to turf the turf

Lawns are among the heaviest users of water so they’re a good place to begin to conserve.

Make Water Work: Choose plants suitable for our dry climate

Drought-tolerant landscapes can be vibrant with colour.

Don’t let automated irrigation systems get lazy

It would be wise to do a check on your automatic watering system once a month.

Be WaterWise: Compost great for plants, utilizes water efficiently

Add a compost mulch to lawns and around plants to conserve moisture and prevent evaporation.

Use compost to make your garden really grow

Compost guy has the recipe to MAKE WATER WORK in your yard

Endocrine-disrupting compounds in Okanagan Valley water

Estrogen compounds leached into ground water eventually break down.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Resolve to do your part to keep nature natural

For 2014, make a decision to play a role in protecting, maintaining or restoring natural areas around the Okanagan.

from Jude’s Kitchen: my last column

Here's wishing you a Happy New Year and the very best in a year of changes: 2014.

Winter wine tasting popular: inside and outside

With the opening of the 16th annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival next week, wine enthusiasts need to sign up soon to get tickets.

from Jude’s Kitchen: Merry Christmas

Festive chicken can replace the big bird for a smaller group at the Christmas table.

from Jude’s Kitchen: wintry food

Celebrate the winter solstice with some special comfort foods, served in front of a roaring fire to push back the dark.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Count birds but stay safe outdoors this winter

Enjoy being outdoors this winter, but be sure to take precautions and maybe buy safety gifts for loved ones.

Apple growers vote on research and promotion levy

A levy of 2/10th of a cent per pound is being proposed for apple growers to go toward industry research and promotion.

Weather is good news for some; not for others

A series of storms will be followed by another cold snap next week, but the cold allowed a record harvest of grapes for Okanagan icewine.

Join the Christmas Bird Count from Home

All birders—even backyard ones—are invited to join in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Saturday.

from Jude’s Kitchen: Canadian Christmas

Traditional Canadian Christmas cooking is featured in a special book put together by food writer Rose Murray.

Public market, brewery and offices to replace fruit co-op in Kelowna

Kelowna's north end will undergo major renos in the coming year as Urban Square—an upscale market, brewery and office complex—moves in.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Help prevent more deaths

Large black bears who are unafraid of people pose a threat roaming around residential neighbourhoods, so stop attracting them.

Summerhill sparkling wine judged among top in world

Summerhill's Cipes Rose has been judged among the top 10 sparkling wines in the world.

Local wedding professionals tops in B.C.

To the amazement of Lower Mainland professionals, four top awards came home to the Okanagan from this year's B.C. Wedding Awards.