All posts by: Scott Austin

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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 […]

Oven at 375 deg. F 1 cup sugar 1 cup margarine, softened 2 eggs 3 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup orange juice concentrate, thawed–reserve 3 tbsp 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup golden raisins 1 tbsp water extra sugar Usual method: Mix margarine with sugar; add eggs. In separate […]

Perhaps you still have some eggnog left in the fridge.  Put it to good use with this recipe! 3 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1.5 cups sugar 3/4 tsp vanilla 3/4 tsp rum extract 1.5 cups regular eggnog 3 cups flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 cup candied fruit […]

I think that we all have a tendency to take our houseplants for granted much of the time, but it’s during the Christmas season that this neglect is most pronounced.  The Christmas tree takes centre stage, furniture is moved, dinners and parties mean extra space is needed, and any houseplants that are taking up that […]

According to polls taken in the U.S. many people still believe in an enduring myth that one of the most recognizable symbols of Christmas, the poinsettia, is a toxic plant. The Bruskin/Goldring Research firm polled 1000 Americans.  Fifty percent of those polled said they believed that poinsettias were poisonous.  34 percent said they didn’t know, […]

Kids love garden projects where you don’t have to wait long for action and results, which makes growing paperwhites a perfect choice if you’re looking for an indoor adventure for children or grandchildren.  They begin to produce foliage almost immediately after planting and they’ll be blooming before Christmas, filling an entire room with their sweet, […]

Insects can be sneaky and cowardly.  Gardeners don’t mind battling enemies that they can see.  A rose bud covered with scores of aphids may not be visually appealing, but we can see plainly who the culprit is.  Tent caterpillars in trees should not be closely viewed by the squeamish but you can at least determine […]

Cotinus coggyria grows native in areas of central and southern Europe, and in China and the Himalayas. It gets its common name from the “puff of smoke” effect of the blooms on the branch ends. The leaves are initially green, but turn to brilliant shades of orange, yellow and red in the fall. The best […]

Any fruit that is ripe from your own garden is the best you ever tasted, but there is something about the flavour of fresh raspberries that make them my favourite.  When you add the benefit of ease-of-growth and the fact that you don’t even have to bend over to pick them raspberries are as close […]