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.

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.

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: my last column

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

from Jude’s Kitchen: Merry Christmas

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

Join the Christmas Bird Count from Home

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

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.

from Jude’s Kitchen: Canadian Christmas

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

from Jude’s Kitchen: Canadian Christmas

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

Summerhill sparkling wine judged among top in world

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

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.

Wetland loss blamed for most endangered species in Okanagan

Most of the Okanagan's 67 endangered species are at risk because of the loss of wetland habitat.

from Jude’s Kitchen: beer in food

We're all familiar with the concept of using wine in our meals, but how about trying some local craft beer in food?

People to blame for conflicts with bears

There are steps we can take to prevent risks to both humans and bears when they meet in residential neighbourhoods.

There’s great value in happiness

Happiness can make you rich, respected and desirable as well as simply happy...

Steeves/Trail Mix: A little long-term thinking needed

Stuck in the present, must we continue to make the mistakes that have imperilled the natural world, or can we begin to think ahead?