Judie Steeves

Barry Paull with a sample of drought tolerant turf.

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.

Barry Paull with a sample of drought tolerant turf.
Eva Antonijevic

Make Water Work: Choose plants suitable for our dry climate

Drought-tolerant landscapes can be vibrant with colour.

Eva Antonijevic

Don’t let automated irrigation systems get lazy

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

Dean ‘the compost guy’ Dack.

Be WaterWise: Compost great for plants, utilizes water efficiently

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

Dean ‘the compost guy’ Dack.
Dean Dack

Use compost to make your garden really grow

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

Dean Dack

Endocrine-disrupting compounds in Okanagan Valley water

Estrogen compounds leached into ground water eventually break down.

Volunteers from a number of local groups worked together this summer to create rock and log dams to prevent the continued erosion of an old informal dirt bike trail through the Bald Range grassland off Bear Main.

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.

Volunteers from a number of local groups worked together this summer to create rock and log dams to prevent the continued erosion of an old informal dirt bike trail through the Bald Range grassland off Bear Main.
Carmelis Goatgonzola spread

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.

Carmelis Goatgonzola spread

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.

Ginger Roast Chicken with Orange

from Jude’s Kitchen: Merry Christmas

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

Ginger Roast Chicken with Orange
Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

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.

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu
Count quail on the fence for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

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.

Count quail on the fence for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
Apple growers are being asked to vote on a per-pound levy to be used for industry research and promotion.

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.

Apple growers are being asked to vote on a per-pound levy to be used for 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.

Canadian Christmas goodies

from Jude’s Kitchen: Canadian Christmas

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

Canadian Christmas goodies
Gary Tebbutt

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.

Gary Tebbutt
A conservation officer with large hands takes a close look at the immense paw of a dead

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.

A conservation officer with large hands takes a close look at the immense paw of a dead
Cipes Rose wins world competition.

Summerhill sparkling wine judged among top in world

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

Cipes Rose wins world competition.
Atop a ladder between her wedding and reception

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.

Atop a ladder between her wedding and reception