Home & Garden Category

by Janice Henshaw. Photos by Nunn Other Photography – It’s interesting to imagine what a home looks like if it belongs to a well-known local builder and interior designer. Will it be right on trend, whatever that means in the year 2019? Will it have light or dark floors, quartz or granite countertops? Does it have a great room? Will it be bold or subdued, formal or comfy, minimalist (less is more), maximalist (more-is-more), or something incredibly different? My quest this month begins with a drive up a steep, windingRead More
by Chris Sigurdson, Peninsula Landscape Supplies Ltd. – Mulching will greatly benefit your landscape at any time of the year. Annual mulching: • Aids in the retention of soil moisture by preventing evaporation of water in subsoil, which is especially important for evergreen plants that do not drop their leaves.  • Helps control soil temperature by acting as an insulator, keeping roots cooler on warm days and alternately, warmer on cool days.  • Prevents soil erosion, and helps to maintain soil nutrients. Remember, a productive soil should be comprised ofRead More
story by Janice Henshaw | photography by Nunn Other Photography – Can you imagine living in a space that is 30 feet long and 8.5 feet wide – approximately 350 square feet? Try measuring it out somewhere in your home or outside on the lawn to get a good idea of what a tiny home of that size feels like. Add in some cabinets, a bathroom and a kitchen, all of which take up floor space. Start deciding what possessions you would have to give up to fit into thatRead More
by Tracey Jones and Stacey Kaminski – Downsize … it’s what we are doing. Less financial burden with a smaller eco footprint. Living with less and doing more. Condo and micro loft living, tiny homes … the list goes on. Making the most of your small space is easy with some clever design tricks. One of the easiest ways to make a small space feel larger is to keep the palette neutral, and light. This creates flow from room to room and appears less choppy. Another visual trick to createRead More
by Hayley Zumkeller, WES-TECH Irrigation Systems Ltd. In 2018, the weather station in Victoria saw its driest July in nearly 120 years. It had recorded zero millimetres of rain all month, breaking records for both heat and dryness. It is extremely likely that this July will show a similar pattern of drought conditions. This matters. We need to be able to protect our lawns and gardens without it costing an arm and a leg. Once plants are not taken care of, they may not always grow back. Smart Irrigation MonthRead More