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Canine Capers: Selecting a Trainer

Spring is a great time to start or continue training your dog. What do you picture when you read the words ‘dog training?’ A large class with many people and their dogs? Endless... 



Canine Capers: TTouch for Pets

There are many ways to demonstrate our love for our companion animals. One of my favorites is a technique called Tellington Touch (TTouch®), which I used on my devoted senior dog... 



Canine Capers

Adding a dog to our family is a big event and needs careful consideration since s/he will bring peace or chaos to our family for 12 or more years. The task has been complicated by... 



Native Plants: Naturscaping Your Yard

The idea behind naturescaping, or gardening for wildlife, is to plant native plants that animals rely on for food and hiding places as well as to add man-made homes and sources of water... 



Native Plants

Propagating Natives Summer is the time to enjoy mature native plants. Most are at their peak and it is the ideal time to start window shopping for plants that you want in your yard.... 



Edible Plants for the Garden

More than 18 native plants are currently harvested in B.C. for personal use or commercial sale. Most grow at forest edges or in sunny openings. Here is a selection that you can grow... 



Native Plants: Resources

There are many resources available to help get you started in planting your native garden. Upcoming Native Plant Sales You can get some good deals and species not commonly available... 



Native Plants: Selection

Before you plan your yard, you need to assess existing growing conditions. These conditions determine which native plants will do best there. Each section of your yard, called a microhabitat,... 



Native Plants: The Benefits

At the end of our long hot summer, my neighbor asked me why my front garden looked so green while his had wilted and died more than a month ago. My answer? "I have a native... 



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