Quick harvest meals for busy times

Returning to work and school after the “lazy, hazy days of summer” is truly an adjustment, especially at mealtime. Thanks to these ideas from Foodland Ontario, dinner can be ready in minutes, leaving the evening free for the numerous fall activities. Harvest gnocchi with feta Ready in just 25 minutes, this pasta dish makes the […]

Great drinks to pair with autumn

Fall is here and the weather is starting to cool down. With the season comes a cornucopia of Mother Nature’s bounty. Freshly grown fruit and vegetables are everywhere. There are many great fall drinks, like cocktails and smoothies, that incorporate these harvest delights. Here are a few of my favourites. For many folks, nothing epitomizes […]

Shelter the living, but don’t make zombie plants

Warning: balcony gardeners, patio gardeners, porch gardeners and container gardeners of all kinds. You are now entering a critical time for your plants. From the middle of October on, you will be tempted by stretches of sunny days and comparatively mild nights. “It’s still pretty nice out,” you’ll say. “I’ll leave the houseplants out just […]

Fall has fallen, despite gardeners’ wishes

Fall has fallen upon us. Today, Tuesday, Sept. 23, is the first official day of autumn, which means, more or less, that we now have more hours of darkness than we have of light. (My husband tells me that the beginning of autumn is calculated differently, astronomically, but let’s not complicate things.) I hate fall. […]

Give your home a fall tune-up

Like it or not (and I don’t), I have to admit signs of autumn are pushing their way in. I need a hard hat, so many acorns are cracking down on the patio. Kids are giggling by on their way to school. Breezes are moving in from the north. And, inexorably, the sun is rising […]

Fall for autumn, indoors and outdoors

Autumn is the bridge season between the heat, light and noise of summer and the chill, dark silence of winter. It’s time to put away our outdoor lifestyle with its happy summer banners and colourful flowering plants. We move at a more thoughtful pace in the fall, celebrating the harvest, the autumn light, earth colours […]