All posts by: Scott Austin

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It’s flying season in the great outdoors.  The elm seeds continue their migration south into my driveway.  Last holiday Monday we were on our deck with some friends and suddenly enormous snowflakes were drifting lazily through the air; cottonwood seeds from the large trees across the highway.  And I can see the pollen collected along […]

1/2 cup margarine 6 tbsp sugar 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup flour 1/4 cup baking cocoa powder 3/4 cup ground hazel nuts 24 whole hazelnuts, toasted option-icing sugar Cream margarine and sugar together.  Add vanilla.  Combine flour and cocoa, gradually add to creamed mixture. Roll into one inch balls.  Press one whole hazelnut into each, […]

Do you remember the “death scene” in The Godfather.  I know there were several of them, but specifically the scene in which Don Corleone has a massive heart attack while running through the tomato patch with his grandson. Have a look at it again, and notice how incredibly healthy the tomato plants are in that […]

Heat oven to 350 deg. F 3/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 egg 2 tsp vanilla 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup granola 1 cup dried blueberries or cranberries 1 cup white chocolate chips optional-3/4 cup chopped […]

The small piece of turf that I maintain in my garden is a lovely shade of emerald green right now, as are the lawns of most homeowners.  The fact that our turf in this part of the world is composed of cool season grasses means that your lawn is going to look great in April […]

Heat oven to 350 deg. F 1/4 cup margarine 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 3 or 4 tbsp icing sugar for rolling dough Stir sugars into margarine and mix well.  Add eggs […]

It’s not easy being a plantsman at this time of the year.  Instead of enjoying the colour of early-blooming bulbs, seeing the first buds unfurl on deciduous trees and shrubs or watching the daily progress of emerging perennials what do I see?  I focus on the bad pruning inflicted upon innocent trees. I wouldn’t be […]

It was officially the second-coldest February on record in Penticton and the coldest in Kelowna.  As we went through December and most of January most of us were thinking that it was going to be a pretty mild winter.  After all that’s what the weather experts told us in October.  Mild El Nino, a bit […]

1/2 cup softened margarine 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup sour cream 1 tbsp orange zest 1/2 cup orange juice 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup blueberries (if using frozen do not thaw) additional sugar to sprinkle on top Mix margarine and sugar.  Add […]

Gardeners tend to have foibles.  You know the definition of a foible?  According to Webster’s Dictionary it’s “a minor flaw, weakness or failing.”  One of those foibles is our inability to throw things out.  From used pots and trays to broken tools, malfunctioning sprinklers and bent tomato towers that could be modern art…someday, many of […]